How to Make Spaetlze Noodles- Easy German Spaetzle Recipe
When I was young, I’d watch my mother make Spaetzle Noodles. She’d fill the Spätzle maker with dough, and down the noodles would fall into the cookpot of boiling water. Spaetzle are as German as…well… potatoes. This noodle side dish is versatile and delicious any way you serve it up. But, like most foods, spätzle taste best when they are hand made (special bonus points if it’s your mom cooking, and she’s using your Oma’s Spaetzle Maker). You can make them yourself with this fairly easy German Spaetzle Recipe.
How to Make Spaetzle
My mom uses the Spaetzle Maker (not the press)… so that is what I’m used to… but there are many other ways to do it. Which ever way you choose, be ready for a wonderful steamy kitchen and a bit of clean up… but it’s all worth while when you are eating these wonderful little noodles.
(And remember, if this seems like way too much effort, you can buy pre-made Spaetzle … I’ve linked them below)
Easy German Spaetlze Recipe
(and I know there are THOUSANDS of Variation out there)
How to Make Spaetlze Noodles- Easy Spaetzle Recipe
- 1 cup Flour all purpose
- 6 Tbl. Milk
- 2 Eggs
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- Also… A pot of boiling salted water on the stove.
- -Mix the flour, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl
- -Whisk the Milk and and Egg together
- -Slowly, add the Wet ingredients to the dry ingredients to the dry ingredients. Continuously stirring hard with a wooden spoon!
- -Keep stirring until you have a smooth, elastic dough
Shape the Spätzle in one of these ways… :
- -Use a Spätzle maker… put the dough in the box, and slide it back and forth over the holes, letting the dough fall into the water.
- -Use a Spaetzle press and by push the dough through the press into the boiling water(you can also use the press for Spaghetti Eis).
- -Use the knife on a board method (see the video below)
- Cook the Spätzle for around 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Drain and serve
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How to Serve Spaetzle
-As a side dish to a roast, covered in gravy –German Roast Beef with Spaetzle
-As a simple side dish … tossed with butter and fresh parsley- Spaetzle with Butter/parsley
-baked with cheese – Oma’s German Cheese Spaetzele
Where to get Spaetzle Makers
You can get any style of Spaetzle Maker you (or your Oma) prefer. My mom liked the one that looks like a cheese grater… but I know a lot of people prefer the press. (And the press can be used for other things like SPAGHETTI EIS!)
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OHHHH!!! My cousin just gifted me the most AMAZING Spätzle press….
It’s solid, heavy, and works like a dream!
Goldspatz Spaetzle Maker & Potato Press, #2192
Want to see HOW to make Spaetzle?
This is how my mom does it… with a Spaetzle Maker-
Using a Knife and Board (I love this … clearly she has done it a thousand times)
I remember back when I was 16 and visiting my relatives in Germany. My Oma was still alive and she made these. She didn’t use a press or spaetzle maker. She did it the same as in the last video you show and boy was she quick.
Totally amazing… I’d never seen it done like that.. I just had to include the video.
OMG you cook them for 8 minutes? I would not want to eat this anymore!!!!
They are better when made with water then with milk and then, as soon as they come to the surface of the water, they are done!!!!!!! The best way to make them and the original way, is to scrape them from the board. The difference in thickness, length and time in the water is what makes the special taste of the spätzle. Everybody that had the opportunity to compare, is in agreement!!!
last video was the Best
she is amazing !!!
Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.
I remember Spaezl’e being made like in the last video. Was never much of a fan, but I ate them. When you’re hungry you will eat them. I was often hungry. Lived in a small village for a couple years. My school friend sister made them like that. They had a butchered hog and made amazing meals. I was so glad to have a friend from school, who invited me for supper at times. I tried seeing her when I flew home, but she no longer lived there. The farmhouse had a new owner. Made me sad that I could not find out where they moved to.