Omer Recipes 2017: Day 37 | Kale Spinach & Mushroom Kugel

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Today is 37 days, which is 5 weeks and 2 days of the Omer

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And here’s today’s recipe, contributed by 8th & 9th Grade Students.

Kale Spinach & Mushroom Kugel



  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 ounces fine egg noodles
  • 6 ounces chopped onion about 1 1/2 cups chopped or 1 medium-large onion
  • 6 ounces kale stems removed and shredded or cut into thin strips
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach chopped
  • 16 ounces (1 pound) fresh white or portabella mushrooms sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 ½- 2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • 1 cup panko (Japanese-style crunchy breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons softened goat cheese about 1 ounce


  • Oil a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with 2-inch high sides, using 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the noodles in an even layer and set aside.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pan. Sauté the chopped onions on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes until they begin to turn transparent/golden. Add the kale and continue to sauté, stirring occasionally for about 6 more minutes. Add the chopped spinach for an additional 2 minutes until it is thoroughly wilted and mixed into the kale and onions. Spread the mixture on top of the noodles in the baking pan and set aside.

  • Add the final 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, raise the heat to high and cook the sliced mushrooms for 3-4 minutes, turning them to cook on both sides until they are browned. Add them as the third layer of the casserole.

  • In a bowl, mix the eggs, ricotta, and sour cream. Add the milk, dill, salt, and pepper, stir the mixture and pour it over the casserole. Poke a few holes with a spatula or fork to make sure that the liquid can get through to the noodles. Let the casserole sit for 7-10 minutes.

  • While the casserole is resting, mix the panko, butter and goat cheese. After the resting period, spread the topping over the casserole.

  • Bake the kugel for 45 minutes, until the topping is slightly browned. Let it rest for a few minutes before cutting pieces with a knife or spatula.

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