Noodle Pudding

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons ( 1/4 stick) unsalted butter, more for greasing pan
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
Pinch of salt
4 cups cooked pasta or egg noodles (1/2 pound uncooked)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
2 eggs, beaten


Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the milk, butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar and the salt. Continue cooking until butter melts, then remove pan from heat; cool. Meanwhile, butter a 4-to-6-cup baking dish and put cooked noodles and raisins, if using, in it; toss gently to combine.

Add eggs to cooled milk mixture and whisk; pour this mixture over noodles and sprinkle top with remaining sugar and cinnamon.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until a thin-bladed knife inserted in center comes out clean, or nearly so; center should be just a little wobbly. Run under broiler for about 30 seconds if you like a browned top. Serve warm or at room temperature.