Casserole dish with a spoon scooping into kugel.
Photography, Art Direction & Food Styling: Anthony Contrino

During the pandemic my friends and I got together and made a series of videos (you can see them by clicking the YouTube icon at the top of the page!).  One of the series we created was Everyday’s a Holiday, where we’d celebrate mainstream and some of the more obscure holidays.  This recipe was to celebrate Hannakah and it’s a damn good one.  It’s creamy, and thanks to the caramelized onions and everything bagel seasoning, super flavorful.

Everything Bagel Kugel

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, sliced into ⅛-inch half-moons
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 12-ounce package wide egg noodles
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 16-ounce container cottage cheese
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • ¼ cup everything bagel seasoning, plus more for serving
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and spray a 9”x13” casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, warm the oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and 1 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring often, until deep amber in color, about 40 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes; remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Bring a large stockpot of generously salted water to a rolling boil.
  • Add the noodles and cook until very al dente, about 4 minutes, then strain.
  • Meanwhile, in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the eggs until very foamy and triple in size, for 2 to 4 minutes on high speed.
  • Add the cottage cheese, sour cream and everything bagel seasoning and whip until almost smooth, about 2 minutes more; there should only be a handful of small curds left from the cottage cheese.
  • Add the caramelized onion mixture and noodles and stir to combine.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish, cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more.
  • Serve warm, room temperature or chilled with a sprinkling of everything bagel seasoning.
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Author: Anthony Michael Contrino