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I just love spaetzle. It’s so comforting and German. It’s pasta with a twist, with some crunch, with some extra butter, and some herbs when you feel like it.

It’s also only 4 ingredient cooking. Or 5 if you want to add a little flair like I did with the mustard powder.

Once you mix up the ingredients, you don’t even need a spaetzle maker. You can do it with a spatula and a colander. It’s the industrious way to do it when you don’t have fancy gadgets. It’s also how I made it by the gallon in my restaurants days. I don’t miss that. I needed to take some space from spaetzle after that. But now we have re-connected again. We are back in love.

You could serve it like this tossed with a bit of olive oil.

Or you can brown it and give it some crunch, and butter, and herbs! That’s my favorite way.

Go whip up a batch. It’ll make you feel like a German grandmother.

Here’s the full handy dandy tutorial over at Tasty Kitchen: Homemade Spaetzle

Have you ever made spaetzle? Do you have any favorite recipes, tricks or memories to share?

Other spaetzle and pasta recipes you might enjoy:

~ Spaetzle from Smitten Kitchen
~ Spaetzle und Linsen from La Fuji Mama
~ How to make gnocchi like an Italian grandmother from 101 Cookbooks
~ Homemade Pasta by Chocolate & Zuchhini


  • Maria
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

    We will have to try this! Great photos!

  • Fuji Mama
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Love it when people make their own spaetzle! Love your pictures. Thanks for the shout out!

  • Robyn | Add a Pinch
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    We ate so much of this on our trip to Germany that I swore I’d come home and make it for my husband. Thank you for sharing the recipe, it reminds me that I didn’t keep my promise. 🙂

  • susan
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    wow – Georgia – this is comfort in a bowl. It’s the perfect day for a dish like this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristen
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve never had spaetzle before – but it looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing this new to me food.

  • Larry
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Love spaetzles! I like to make them with sage fried in brown butter, bacon, and mushrooms.

    My mother-in-law loves spaetzle, being German/Hungarian on her mother side, but never makes them thinking them too hard to make. I end up making them as part of a fully German meal despite I’m Chinese. Ain’t life funny sometimes.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I have to admit, I’ve never had spaetzle before, but it sounds amazing. Especially in a little butter and herbs! I will have to give this a try.

  • Agus
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I made this today and was totally amazing!! super easy and fast! the result was great, I made the recipe for 3 persons and the portion were just right!

    • Post Author
      Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Wonderful! I’m so glad it worked out.

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