Cuteness is not the first trait on which I would judge a noodle pudding, but it goes without saying that the combination of egg noodles, cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta and raisins is going to be indescribably appealing to a sweet-carb
addict lover like me.
It is precisely because I find this combination so much like a lovely food hug, wrapping it’s sweet, soft, fleshy arms around me in warmth and comfort and pleasure– that coming up with a portion controlled version was my only hope of surviving the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippor without massive weight gain. Sure, we may fast on this day of atonement– but what good does that do for my waist line if I break the fast with the likes of noodle kugel, challah bread pudding and bagels smeared with white mountains of cream cheese?!
After making these lovely little muffins of sweet noodle joy, I have decided that this noodle kugel needn’t be reserved for the holidays– or for that matter, for Jews. How good would these be served alongside Spice Rubbed Chicken Thighs, or any other meal with which you might serve macaroni and cheese?
Note that not only are the kugels fairly low in calories (only 168 each!), they are made with reduced fat cream cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream, which makes them ideally suited for people who have to keep an eye on their cholesterol.
Individual Noodle Kugels
6 ounces medium egg noodles
3/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese
6 ounces Neufchatel (reduced fat cream cheese)
3/4 cup 1% fat cottage cheese
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat the cups of a muffin pan with cooking spray.
- Cook noodles according to package directions.
- Blend the ricotta, Neufchatel, and cottage cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, sugar and cinnamon and blend until just combined; stir in the raisins. Toss with the noodles and spoon into 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle very lightly with the cinnamon.
- Bake until the puddings are golden on top and the egg is set, about 22-25 minutes. (A toothpick inserted in the center may have some cheese on it, but no liquid).
Makes 12 servings
Nutrition for each serving: 168 calories, 8 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 7 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 144 mg sodium