Herbed Vegetable Kugel

I generally think of kugels as a starch, rather than a vegetable. This kugel has so many vegetables that it’s a toss-up whether I’d classify it as a starch or a vegetable. I use carrots, onions, celery, leek, mushrooms, and bell peppers mixed with lots of fresh herbs and bound together with eggs.

Farfel kugels freeze incredibly well — so you can make this in advance and keep it in the freezer, well-wrapped. As always, use this as a guide and switch out vegetables or try different herbs.

This will serve 8-10.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 small carrots, peeled, cut in half, and thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 large celery ribs, diced
  • 1 medium leek, cleaned well and thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 227 grams/8 oz button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium bell pepper, cored and seeded, and diced small (red, orange, or yellow)
  • 1 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 227 grams / 8 oz farfel (4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped chives
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 375°F / 190°C.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium. Add the carrots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the onions, celery, leek, salt, and pepper and cook another 3-4 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the bell pepper and mushrooms and cook another 8-10 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked through. Add the water and bring it to a simmer.

Put the farfel into a large mixing bow, then pour all of the vegetables and liquid on top. Add the herbs and garlic and mix everything together. Set aside for 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture has cooled down. Add the eggs and mix through.

Oil a 23-cm by 30-cm (9″x12″) baking dish well and pour the mixture in, using a spatula to spread it out evenly.

Bake for 60-75 minutes, until the kugel is firm and the edges have browned.

You can serve it now or refrigerate or freeze it and reheat later.

6 comments

  1. I just happened upon your blog and so happy to see you. I purchased your “Passover A Kosher Collection” when Desserts Plus was still on Corydon. The book is well stained – a testament to how much I use it and how good the recipes are. Say hi to your mom, tell her I am Michele Zell from Chicago. Have a Happy Pesach!

    • Hi Michele! Thanks so much for posting! I’m so happy your copy is well stained. 🙂

      I told my mother you said hi and she said, “I remember Michele! Can you send her my regards?”. So, hi from mom.

      I hope you’re well. Stay safe and chag sameach!

  2. Hi Pam, Can I bake this kugel in individual muffin tims and at what temp and for how long?
    Thanks!!

    • Absolutely! I’d bake it at 350 and check them after 20-25 minutes. They may need another 10+ minutes. They should be firm and browning a bit when done.

      Chag sameach!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s