Spaetzle or Spätzle – How to Make Homemade Spaetzle

Spaetzle or Spätzle is a German pasta dish that goes very well with heavy stews and other heavy sauces. They feel like little, buttery pillows in your mouth.
Spaetzle
Spaetzle

Spaetzle or Spätzle waiting to be devoured

Spaetzle or Spätzle is a German pasta dish that goes very well with heavy stews and other heavy sauces. They feel like little, buttery pillows in your mouth.

Spaetzle is very popular in Germany as it originated there. It’s a mixture of flour and egg, similar to a noodle, but much more pillowy in texture. When they are removed from the water, they are put in butter so each little piece gets a thin coating of butter.

As some of you know, when I was a little girl, my father was a captain in the U. S. Army and we were stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. I have a very specific memory of when my mother and I left Germany. We stopped at a small inn that was serving venison stew and spaetzle.
I’ll never forget how good that was. I’ve been chasing that flavor my entire life – until now. There was one particularly awful experience when I bought a box of it and tried to make it. It was tough as nails with no flavor. I made it other times and it just didn’t seem to have the right flavor, so I kept on playing with it until I developed this recipe.

How to Serve Spaetzle

It makes an excellent side dish with just butter and some chives, but this pillowy pasta really does best with some stew or goulash with it. It’s what I serve my Hungarian and German goulash with.

 

Equipment

There are a few things you can use to make spaetzle. Many people use a colander but I find that a little messy. You can also get a spaetzle ricer that you fill up and squeeze over the water. However, my preferred way is to use a Spaetzle Maker or Spätzlehobe. It has a hopper that you fill with the dough and then you scrape the dough over boiling water. I believe if you are going to have a dedicated tool, it should not be overly expensive, and this one is nicely priced.

Spaetzle

Spaetzle

Spaetzle or Spätzle is a German pasta dish that goes very well with heavy stews and other heavy sauces. They feel like little, buttery pillows in your mouth.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side, Side Dish, Side or Appetizer
Cuisine: German
Difficulty: Easy
Servings (slide to adjust): 2
Calories: 172kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, kosher or sea
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Justice
  • 3 tablespoons milk, or as needed

Instructions

  • Place flour, egg, salt, cayenne, and milk in a mixing bowl. Whisk together until the batter drips slowly off the whisk. If the batter seems too thin, add a bit more flour; if too thick, add a bit more milk. If a dollop of the batter does not drip through the grating holes, it's the right consistency.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Put the spaetzle maker over the pot. Fill the hopper with batter and run the hopper back and forth to make the spaetzle.
  • When dumplings rise to the surface of the water, they are done. This will take just a few minutes. Remove the dumplings with a spider stainer or a slotted spoon, and repeat in batches with the remaining batter.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Spaetzle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 638mg28%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 Responses to Spaetzle or Spätzle – How to Make Homemade Spaetzle

  1. Terrydah says:

    5 stars
    When I was on vacation a few years ago in Germany, I fell in love with spaetzle. You’re right, it’s hard to find the good stuff in the US. I made this for dinner and I was taken right back to Munich. So good!

  2. Brenda says:

    5 stars
    I loved this, although I put extra cheese on mine.

  3. Jason Diupt says:

    5 stars
    Loved it!

  4. Floyd says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good spaetlze recipe for a while. This was just the ticket. Thanks

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