Noodle and Apple Casserole

Our noodle and apple casserole tastes like a kugel but presents like a showstopper pie, topped with fruit and swirls of apple baked into the dish.

The Backstory: This gorgeous noodle and apple casserole looks like dessert and can actually do double duty as a side dish (its base is noodles and apples) or as a sweet ending to a holiday meal. Unlike most kugels, there aren’t any eggs to act like a binder to keep the dish together. Instead, this is a densely layered pie, if you will, of apples, wide noodles, and sugar, cinnamon, and raisins, with only a few tablespoons of melted butter (to keep the noodles from sticking together). It feels more like a pasta dish than a creamy kugel, but it’s just as delicious as your favorite kugel. The blackberries add a tart surprise that balance out the sweetness of the apples and sugar and definitely deliver a wow factor presentation.  More of the Backstory after the recipe

Noodle and Apple Casserole with Raisins and Blackberries

This delicious apple and noodle pie is dense, sweet, and tart with the addition of blackberries as a garnish. This is a perfect side for a dairy dinner or it can even be served as dessert.
Course Sides
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 lb. wide egg noodles
  • 6 tbsp. melted butter, (4 to combine with noodles, 2 to dot the casserole before baking)
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. raisins (dark or white)
  • 5 cups sliced, peeled apples (your choice)
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a springform pan and set aside.
  2. Cook and drain the noodles. Mix the noodles with 4 tbsp. of melted butter and stir gently. Add the salt, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and raisins and set aside.
  3. Starting with the noodles, lay alternate layers of apples and noodles, reserving several slices of apples to decorate the top. Once you have finished layering the casserole, use the reserved apple slices to fan out a layer of apples slices on top in a pretty fashion.
  4. Dot the top of the casserole with 2 tbsp. of butter cut up in small pieces. Bake for 50 minutes until apples are tender.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and decorate with blackberries before serving.


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Jodi Luber

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
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