Vegan Sweet Noodle Kugel

This vegan kugel is made with tender noodles baked into a creamy casserole with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins. A delicious breakfast, dessert, or sweet side dish!

Piece of Sweet Vegan Noodle Kugel on a plate with casserole dish in the background.

Full disclosure: I’ve never had legit kugel before. But I’ve had a number of requests over the years for vegan kugel, and it’s one of those dishes that I always wanted to try. With Hanukkah right around the corner I figured it was time to make one!

Authentic or not, this eggless and dairy-free kugel was amazing! SO COZY!! It’s like a sweet, creamy casserole with a flavor that reminds me a bit of rice pudding.

Let’s talk about how this deliciousness is made!


What You’ll Need

  • Pasta. Traditional kugel is made with egg noodles, which obviously aren’t vegan, so we’re using pasta instead. I like mafalda pasta because the shape is somewhat reminiscent of egg noodles, but feel free to use just about anything!
  • Cashews. Use raw cashews only for this recipe (not roasted). You’ll need to soak them in water for a few hours to soften them up so they can be blended.
  • Non-dairy milk. Just about any variety that’s unflavored and unsweetened will work.
  • Sugar. Stick with organic sugar to keep the recipe vegan.
  • Cornstarch.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Salt.
  • Vegan butter. You should be able to find this near the regular butter at your supermarket. Look for brands like Earth Balance and Miyoko’s.
  • Raisins. Feel free to leave these out if you’re not a fan, or substitute with another dried fruit like cranberries or cherries.

How to Make Vegan Kugel

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Start boiling your pasta on the stove. Follow the package directions.
  • Place your cashews into a food processor or blender with 1 cup of your milk, and blend everything until smooth.
  • If your blending device is larger and you need a larger volume of ingredients to get them to blend, just add a bit more of your milk.
Collage showing stages 1 and 2 of blending Sweet Vegan Noodle Kugel filling in a blender.
  • Add the rest of your filling ingredients: the remaining milk, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  • Blend everything again until smooth.
Collage Showing stages 3 and 4 of blending Sweet Vegan Noodle Kugel filling in a blender.
  • When your pasta has finished cooking, drain it into a colander, then place it in to a large bowl. Add the butter and stir it into the pasta to melt it.
  • Now stir in your cashew mixture, along with the raisins. Feel free to give the mixture a taste-test and make any adjustments to your taste at this point.
Hand stirring ingredients for vegan kugel together in a bowl.
  • Transfer everything to a lightly oiled casserole dish.
  • Cover it up and bake it for 20 minutes, then uncover and let it continue baking for another 20 minutes.
  • Your kugel will need to cool for a bit before it totally sets, but you can serve it when it’s still warm.
Casserole dish of Sweet Vegan Noodle Kugel with wooden spoon in the background.

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover vegan noodle kugel will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this dish be made gluten-free?

It can! Just use gluten-free vegan pasta.

How is noodle kugel served?

It can be a sweet side, a light dessert, or breakfast! My husband and I enjoyed ours as breakfast for dinner with some vegan sausages and fresh fruit.

Is pasta vegan?

Most dried pasta is vegan, but I always recommend checking the ingredients to be on the safe side.

More Hanukkah Recipes

Also check out my collection of over 60 vegan holiday recipes!

Table set with plate of Sweet Vegan Noodle Kugel, casserole dish, and scattered cinnamon sticks.

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Vegan Sweet Noodle Kugel

This vegan kugel is made with tender noodles baked into a creamy casserole with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins. A delicious breakfast, dessert, or sweet side dish!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine Jewish
Keyword vegan casserole, vegan hanukkah recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Soak Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 356kcal
Author Alissa Saenz


  • 8 ounces dried mafalada pasta
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water 4 to 8 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened non-dairy milk, divided
  • ½ cup organic granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • ½ cup raisins


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly oil a 2-quart baking dish.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it according to the package directions.
  • While the pasta boils, place your cashews into a blender or food processor bowl with 1 cup of milk. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the remaining milk, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Blend again until combined.
  • When the pasta has finished boiling, drain it into a colander, then transfer it to a large bowl or back to the pot you boiled it in.
  • Stir the butter into the hot pasta until it fully melts.
  • Stir the cashew mixture into the pasta, then stir in the raisins.
  • Transfer the mixture to the baking dish.
  • Cover the baking dish and place it in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake for about 20 minutes more, until the top layer of noodles starts to brown.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and place it on a cooling rack to cool. The casserole will continue to set as it cools.
  • Serve the kugel warm. Divide onto plates and enjoy.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.8g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 14.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 19.7g | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 2mg

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