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Granny’s German Spaetzle is an authentic spaetzle recipe passed down in a German family for generations. Make it with or without a spaetzle maker. 

This recipe comes from my Granny. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Germany and this is the recipe they brought with them. Spaetzle is a small, soft dumpling/pasta that originates in the regions of Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland.

What do I do with spaetzle noodles?

Spaetzle noodles can be dressed up just like any other pasta with sauces and additional ingredients, or it can be served plain or sautéed in a little bit of butter. It’s a versatile little dumpling that can be as fancy or as simple as you’d like.

Spaetzle in a white bowl.

What is a spaetzle maker?

A spaetzle maker is a convenient device usually made of metal that’s sole purpose is for the making of small dumplings known as spaetzle. The metal plate has holes in it that you pour your spaetzle batter through directly into boiling water. You can find an abundance of spaetzle makers on Amazon. While convenient, you can use alternative devices for making spaetzle that you probably already have in your kitchen.

How do I make spaetzle without a spaetzle maker?

Absolutely! All you need is a metal kitchen device with holes in it. A colander or cheese grater plane will work great. Just hold the device over a pot of boiling water and pour your batter through. Sometimes it helps to use the back of a spoon or ladle to help push the batter through the holes.

German Spaetzle served up on a white plate.

What do I serve with spaetzle?

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Spaetzle in a stainless steel frying pan.
Granny’s German Spaetzle is an authentic spaetzle recipe passed down in a German family for generations. Make it with or without a spaetzle maker.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk maybe less
  • 1/4 cup butter
Instructions
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, parsley, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs.
  • Alternate between stirring in beaten eggs and milk to the flour mixture until you have a smooth batter. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Meanwhile bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Pour spaetzle dough through a spaetzle maker or colander directly into the boiling water so that small, elongated drops fall in.
  • Boil until spaetzle rises to the top. Use a slotted spoon to remove spaetzle from water.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Place drained spaetzle directly into butter and fry 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot and garnish with more minced parsley.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Cuisine: German
Spaetzle in a stainless steel frying pan.
Granny's German Spaetzle is an authentic spaetzle recipe passed down in a German family for generations. Make it with or without a spaetzle maker.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk maybe less
  • 1/4 cup butter
Instructions
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, parsley, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs.
  • Alternate between stirring in beaten eggs and milk to the flour mixture until you have a smooth batter. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Meanwhile bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Pour spaetzle dough through a spaetzle maker or colander directly into the boiling water so that small, elongated drops fall in.
  • Boil until spaetzle rises to the top. Use a slotted spoon to remove spaetzle from water.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Place drained spaetzle directly into butter and fry 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot and garnish with more minced parsley.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Cuisine: German
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