Spätzle, a type of soft egg noodle, is a beloved comfort food in Germany, especially in the southern regions like Swabia and Bavaria. Its origins can be traced back to the 18th century when it was first mentioned in a cookbook. The word "Spätzle" translates to "little sparrows," referring to their small, elongated shape. Traditionally, Spätzle dough was scraped off a wooden cutting board directly into boiling water using a Spätzle press or a knife. Over time, various Spätzle-making tools were developed, making it easier to prepare. Today, Spätzle is commonly served as a side dish with hearty meat dishes, and it is often topped with grated cheese for extra flavor.

Here's a simple recipe to make Spätzle at home:

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Calories per serving: Approximately 350 calories


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Water (for boiling)
  • Salt (for seasoning the water)


  1. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and ground nutmeg (if using). Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
    • Crack the eggs into the well and add the milk.
    • Using a fork or a whisk, gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing until you have a smooth and thick batter. The batter should be thicker than pancake batter but still easily pourable.
  2. Boil Water:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. The water should be well-salted, as this is essential for flavoring the Spätzle.
  3. Forming the Spätzle:
    • There are several methods to form Spätzle, and you can choose the one that works best for you: a. Spätzle Press/Grater Method: If you have a Spätzle press or grater, place it over the boiling water and pour some of the batter onto it. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon, press the batter through the holes directly into the boiling water. The Spätzle will cook quickly and rise to the surface when they're done. b. Cutting Board and Knife Method: Alternatively, you can use a cutting board and a knife. Spread a portion of the batter onto the cutting board. With a wet knife, cut thin strips of batter, allowing them to drop into the boiling water. c. Spätzle Maker: If you have a Spätzle maker, follow the manufacturer's instructions for forming and cooking the Spätzle.
  4. Cooking the Spätzle:
    • Let the Spätzle cook in the boiling water for about 2-3 minutes or until they float to the surface. Cooking times may vary based on the thickness of your Spätzle and the size of the pot.
    • Once they float, remove them from the boiling water using a slotted spoon or a spider strainer. Place the cooked Spätzle in a colander to drain any excess water.
  5. Finishing Touches:
    • At this point, the Spätzle can be served as is or sautéed in butter for added flavor.
    • If you prefer, you can also add some grated cheese, such as Emmental or Gruyère, to the Spätzle while they are still warm, and mix it in for a cheesy variation.
  6. Serving:
    • Spätzle is a versatile side dish and can be served alongside meat dishes, stews, or with various sauces, such as mushroom sauce or gravy.
    • Enjoy your homemade Spätzle as a delightful and comforting addition to your meals!

Remember that practice makes perfect, so don't be discouraged if your first batch of Spätzle doesn't turn out exactly as you want. Adjusting the batter consistency and cooking time may be necessary to get the desired results. Happy cooking!

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