Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease a 20x30cm baking dish.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In a large bowl, stir together the apricot jam, eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Mix to thoroughly combine. Fold in the cottage cheese and pasta and spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven until the centre of the kugel is cooked and set, about 50 minutes. Remove the kugel and top with Cheddar cheese, return to the oven and bake until the cheese is browned and bubbling, about 10 minutes. Let the kugel rest for 10 minutes before serving.