Almond-Orzo Kugel

Kugel, a sweet or savory baked pudding often served at Hanukkah celebrations, usually contains pasta or matzo. This sweet version contains orzo, a small rice-shaped pasta.


16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 273
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 7.6 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 12.8 g
Carbohydrate 38.6 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 323 mg
Calcium 79 mg


1 (16-ounce) package uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 cup sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
2 large egg whites
1 (24-ounce) carton 1% low-fat cottage cheese
1 (8-ounce) carton egg substitute
Cooking spray
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 325°.

Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside.

Combine 3/4 cup sugar and the next 9 ingredients (through egg substitute) in a food processor; process until smooth. Combine cooked pasta and cottage cheese mixture in a large bowl, stirring until well blended. Spoon orzo mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes.

Combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar, sliced almonds, and next 3 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt) in a small bowl; stir in butter. Sprinkle kugel with almond mixture; bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; cut into 16 pieces. Serve warm.