This German girl knows spätzle. These little pillows of noodle goodness take just a few minutes to prepare and don’t require an expensive pasta maker. My spätzle maker costs $12 on Amazon and works brilliantly. (I’ll link it here for you.)
You basically just whisk together flour, salt, and nutmeg, then stir in beaten egg and milk to form a batter. Then you spoon half the mixture in your (greased!) spätzle maker set over a pot of boiling salted water and you move the top piece back and forth, causing the batter to fall in the boiling water in cute little spätzle pieces. It’s so fun!
Like most fresh noodles, spätzle only takes two minutes to cook so you can literally go from flour to spätzle in about ten minutes. Spätzle is delicious paired with sausage and schnitzel. You can turn it into Käsespätzle for a truly divine dish or just toss spätzle with butter, parmesan, and herbs as I’ve done here. So easy!
One last thing: how the heck do you pronounce spätzle, you ask? It’s pronounced with a long ay sound with a leh at the end. Hear me say it and watch me make it:
Authentic German Spätzle
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 whole nutmeg, for grating
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup 1% milk
Serving suggestion: butter, cheese, parsley
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Grate about 1/8 tsp nutmeg over the bowl and whisk in.
- Use a wooden spoon to stir beaten eggs and milk into flour mixture until dough is smooth.
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Grease a spätzle maker (see note) and set over pot of boiling water. Spoon half of spaetzle dough into the spätzle maker and push the square piece back and forth, allowing dough to fall into the pot. Set spätzle maker aside. Cook for two minutes or until spätzle floats to top.
- Remove with slotted spoon and set in a bowl. Toss with a bit of butter, parmesan cheese, and fresh dill or parsley or use the noodles to make my Käsespätzle.
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