Homemade Garlic and Herb Spaetzle. A delicious, fun German egg noodle recipe and great as a side dish anytime! Suggestions for adding cheese and bacon too. Sometimes the spelling is Spätzle in German (translated as 'little sparrows', I guess because of their shape when cooked!), Spätzli or Chnöpfli in Switzerland or Knöpfle or Hungarian Nokedli, Csipetke or Galuska.
Spaetzle is a very popular dish in Europe and records can be found of spaetzle as far back as 1725.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Spaetzle?
Spaetzle is a type of soft egg noodle or dumpling. The ingredients are readily available, often already in your store cupboard, and budget-friendly too.
What do you eat with Spaetzle?
Spaetzle is usually served alongside the main dish which contains a sauce, so you could serve this with a lovely beef stew, or keep it simple and add grated cheese and fried onion, known as Käsespätzle. The cheese would most often be Emmental.
Can Spaetzle be used in sweet dishes?
Spaetzle is so diverse! Some also serve this as a dessert, two of the popular ones are Kirschspätzle, which is spaetzle mixed with fresh cherries, and browned butter, sugar and cinnamon.
And the other popular dessert spaetzle often served as one dish, Apfelspätzle, which uses grated apples in the dough, then pan-fried in browned butter, sugar, and cinnamon.
So delicious! Cinnamon, of course, is a very popular spice used in Germany, Holland and other parts of Northern Europe, often mixed with sugar and sprinkled on all kinds of sweet treats!
How do you make the little spaetzle shape?
In the days before machines, people would often have what is called a 'hopper' which is a hand spaetzle maker.
The dough would be passed through this and dropped into the boiling water. And if you didn't have a hopper, then a colander or large hole grater would also work nicely.
For this recipe, we use a simple colander because that is one piece of equipment most of us have in our kitchens, so don't worry!
You won't need to go out and look for a fancy machine to have your own homemade garlic and herb spaetzle!
This is a great recipe if you're feeding a crowd or have hungry tummies to fill! It is very filling, so don't be deceived if you think there isn't much. As with most pasta, it can certainly fill you up fast!
You can also add extras such as bacon, to make the main meal, as you would with regular pasta.
Making spaetzle is fun, and the best part is that you can add whatever flavours you like! Here, I made spaetzle with Garlic and basil. You can, of course, spice it up or swap the herbs, add bacon, sprinkle with cheese, the possibilities are endless! So let's see how I made this!
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup milk or water
4 cups water for the saucepan.
For frying at the end
a handful of fresh basil
3 cloves of garlic
salt & pepper
a drizzle of olive oil.
You need to be organised and have everything you need ready before you begin making the spaetzle.
1. Have a bowl with cold water nearby.
Have a colander to hand with a plate underneath it.
If possible, place this on your stove top next to your pan.
2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and leave for 20 minutes.
3. Fill a pan with the 4 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
4. Take the colander and tilt it, holding it over the saucepan. (holding with one hand), and pour the batter into the colander.
Use a rubber spatula and force the batter through the holes (in the side of the colander) so it drops down into the water.
When the spaetzle float to the top, remove them with a slotted spoon and place in the pre-prepared bowl of cold water.
Place the cooked spaetzle in a bowl of cold water as you can see below
5. When you've finished making the spaetzle, empty the bowl of cold water they have been resting in into a sieve or colander and set aside.
6. Heat a fry pan with olive oil and garlic, and when the garlic starts to sizzle, add the spaetzle and toss until heated through.
Season with salt & pepper. When hot, switch off the heat and add the fresh herbs, cheese, and any other toppings you like!
We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our garlic and herb spaetzle recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!
Homemade Garlic and Herb Spaetzle
Homemade Garlic and Herb Spaetzle. A delicious, fun German egg noodle recipe and great as a side dish anytime!
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup milk or water
- pinch salt
- 4 cups water for the sauce pan.
For frying at the end, I used :
- a handful of fresh basil
- 3 cloves of garlic
- salt & pepper
- drizzle of olive oil.
- You need to be organised and have everything you need ready before you begin making the spaetzle.
- Have a bowl with cold water near by.Have a colander to hand with a plate underneath it. If possible, place this on your stove top next to your pan.
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and leave for 20 minutes. Fill a pan with the 4 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
- Take the colander and tilt it, holding it over the saucepan. (holding with one hand), and pour the batter into the colander. Use a rubber spatula and force the batter through the holes (in the side of the colander) so it drops down into the water. When the spaetzle float to the top, remove them with a slotted spoon and place in the preprepared bowl of cold water.
- When you've finished making the spaetzle, empty the bowl of cold water they have been resting in into a sieve or colander and set aside.
- Heat a fry pan with olive oil and garlic, and when the garlic starts to sizzle, add the spaetzle and toss until heated through. Season with salt & pepper. When hot, switch off the heat and add the fresh herbs, cheese, and any other toppings you like!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
T-fal Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Cookware Lid Fry Pan, 10-Inch, Black
Rorence Powder Coated Steel Colander Set of 2 - White
Chef Craft Deep Colander, 1 pack, White
DI ORO Designer Series Flexible 3-Piece Silicone Turner Spatula Set - 600°F Heat-Resistant Non-Stick Kitchen Utensils – Flippers for Cooking and Baking - Food Grade Silicone Design
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 624mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 16g
European Savory Main Meal Recipes
Here's a selection of delicious European savory main meal recipes for you to enjoy
Creamy Chicken Stroganoff is a quick and easy dinner, with delicious strips of chicken and sauteed mushrooms in a creamy sauce using low fat yogurt!
Spinach and Feta Galette, a delicious open pastry savory pie filled with Greek feta cheese creamy spinach and tomatoes, then baked until set. Great served warm or chilled.
Garden Pea and Smoked Sausage (kielbasa) Soup, made from scratch and full of flavor. Uses regular store cupboard ingredients and very easy to make.
Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers
Beef and rice stuffed peppers are deliciously oven-roasted and filled with a mix of ground meat, rice, garlic, and seasonings making for a perfect lunch or supper.
One Pan Garlic Chicken and Rice
An easy dinner recipe with juicy chicken, cooked on the stovetop with flavors of garlic and cilantro
Classic Spanish Seafood Paella.
In this version of the classic Spanish dish, chicken, chorizo sausage, and shrimp combine with rice simmered in broth and flavored with saffron threads, garlic
Polish Cabbage and Noodles, Haluski. A very comforting and hearty meal with a delicious garlic flavor.
Cabbage Rolls, Golabki. A classic stuffed cabbage recipe, easy to make and also a vegetarian option in the recipe. A great tasting family meal.
Jagerschnitzel! This is a lovely easy recipe for Pork pan fried in butter then topped with a delicious mushroom sauce. Very popular In parts of Germany and often served with Spaetzle or pasta.
Frikadeller Meat Patties with Sauce A Delicious popular recipe originating from Denmark with tender ground meat patties and a tasty creamy sauce. Easy, homemade comfort food dinner recipe
Simple Spaghetti Bolognese, an easy dinner using fresh ingredients and full of flavor, with a homemade tomato sauce
Classic Italian Spaghetti Carbonara with cheese and bacon. A cheesy pasta dish, easy to make & a family favorite.
The BEST EVER Beer Battered Fish and Chips! Great flavours and don't forget your shake of vinegar and sprinkle of salt!
How to make a Bechamel Sauce.
Learn how to make an easy béchamel sauce. This basic white sauce recipe is rich, creamy and savory often used for a variety of dishes such as lasagna and moussaka
Beef Stroganoff. Quick and Easy dinner with a great sauce! Always a hit with the family and a really tasty recipe. Great served with pasta or rice.
British Toad in the Hole is a delicious easy Britsh dinner, with sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding a.k.a. popovers. Goes great with some homemade onion gravy.
Chicken, Garlic and Spinach Lasagna, layers of tender chicken, spinach and pasta sheets with a creamy cheesy sauce, baked until golden. Easy recipe and freezer friendly
Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs (with Italian Sausage too!) is a popular recipe with her family. The grandkids absolutely love it! Easy to make, freezer-friendly, and always a hit!
Apple Cider Pork Chops, pan fried, juicy tender pork chops cooked with fresh herbs, apples and apple cider. An easy dinner recipe full of flavor
I made this exactly as written (well, other than doubling the recipe!) and it came out perfect! Thank you for a great recipe! Incidentally, my husband is a certified chef who has his own restaurant and he loved it! Served it with Beef Stroganoff!
Has anyone tried this with gluten free flour?