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What To Serve With Noodle Kugel – 11 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your noodle kugel, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for noodle kugel.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with noodle kugel are Jewish brisket, roast chicken, cholent, pan-seared steak, or pan-fried salmon. For lighter options, try Caesar salad, wilted spinach, heirloom tomato salad, or a ratatouille. For a tasty starter, try serving it with latkes.

Ready? let’s jump right in.

Jewish brisket

I can’t think of anything that would pair with noodle kugel better than a Jewish brisket – both of them are classic holiday dishes.

The brisket is slow-cooked in a flavorful but simple gravy made from onions, garlic, and ketchup. It will take around 4 hours, but it’s well worth it.

This kosher brisket recipe is easy to make (most of the time is spent waiting) and will rival any mother-in-law’s recipe!

Easy ratatouille

Have you ever had a dish that was so good, you just couldn’t stop eating it? 

That’s how I feel about noodle kugel with ratatouille. 

It might sound strange, but ratatouille is essentially just a chunky pasta sauce.

This classic French dish is packed with veggies like tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant. Scoop it over your noodle kugel and you have a really juicy (vegetarian-friendly) meal.

Check out this recipe for the best easy ratatouille

Caesar salad

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

Caesar salad is such a universal side dish. It goes with everything.

And your Jewish noodle casserole is no exception.

The creamy dressing complements the rich flavors of the kugel, the crisp lettuce keeps things refreshing, and the croutons add some much-needed crunch.

And if you want to beef things up a little, you can add some chicken to your salad.

Honey glazed salmon 

Add some lean protein to your meal with a pan-fried salmon filet. 

The sweet-but tangy honey and lime glaze on the fish will complement the sweetness of the kugel, and the healthy fats will help fill your tummy.

And if you’re in a rush, you’re going to enjoy this 10-minute recipe.

Serve the salmon and noodles with a simple green side like wilted spinach for a balanced meal.


Noodle kugel is typically served on Shabbat, and another tasty dish traditionally served on Shabbat is a cholent

Together they make the ultimate comfort meal.

But a fair warning: they’re both rich, indulgent dishes – so you’ll need a lazy day planned after eating them.

Cholent is made with beef, potatoes, beans, and barley, then slow-cooked for 8 hours to allow the flavors to meld together.

Psst… it can be easily veganized with a few simple substitutions.

Heirloom tomato salad

There’s no denying that a noodle kugel is a dish worthy of a special occasion. 

But rather than serving it with the usual meaty suspects. 

Why not give it a twist by pairing it with a vibrant heirloom tomato salad

The colorful mix of tomatoes will not only look beautiful on your plate, but their sweetness will pair with the kugel perfectly. 

It’s a great option for summer.

Wilted spinach

Spinach goes well in a rich, creamy sauce (think creamed spinach).

That’s why it’s a no-brainer to have it as a side dish for noodle kugel.

The custard mixed with the spinach will be divine.  

And all you need to make this dish is spinach, garlic, and olive oil. How simple!

Try it out with this recipe from Skinny Taste

Roast chicken

There are a thousand ways to dress up your plain roast chicken, but none are quite as mouth-watering as serving it with a savory noodle kugel.

The creamy, cheesy noodle dish is the perfect complement to a roast chicken and vice versa. 

Leah Koenig roasts her chicken on top of a bed of root vegetables, so they can soak up all the juicy drippings.

Pan-seared steak in mushroom sauce

You can never go wrong with a steak.

The rich, savory flavors of the steak go really well with the smooth, creamy texture of the kugel, and the mushroom sauce ties everything together.

I’m also partial to a good peppercorn sauce.

You won’t get any complaints about this recipe.

Psst… this sauce also works really well with pork steaks.

Garbanzo bean salad

Ready for another salad option?

Why not try this garbanzo bean salad with your noodle kugel.

It’s easy to make and only requires simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. 

The salad is fresh and crunchy, plus it’s easy to customize. If you don’t have any garbanzo beans, you can swap them for a bean you do have.


Panicking because you forgot you need to prep a starter for your Hanukkah party?

Latkes have your back!

These crispy potato pancakes have a similar flavor profile to your noodle kugel, so they’re ideal for a snack to get the meal started.

Psst… serve them with sour cream and applesauce.

The best side dishes to serve with noodle kugel

  • Jewish brisket
  • Easy ratatouille
  • Caesar salad
  • Honey glazed salmon
  • Cholent
  • Heirloom tomato salad
  • Wilted spinach
  • Roast chicken
  • Pan-seared steak in mushroom sauce
  • Garbanzo bean salad
  • Latkes

What To Serve With Noodle Kugel

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your noodle kugel.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: noodle kugel side dishes, what to serve with noodle kugel
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 188kcal


  • 1 portion noodle kugel


  • Prepare your noodle kugel according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: Jewish brisket, easy ratatouille, caesar salad, honey glazed salmon, cholent, heirloom tomato salad, wilted spinach, roast chicken, pan-seared steak in mushroom sauce, garbanzo bean salad, and latkes.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 188kcal

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