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.

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 273
  • Calories from fat: 25%
  • Fat: 7.6g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Protein: 12.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 38.6g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg
  • Sodium: 323mg
  • Calcium: 79mg


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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