Spätzle is a noodle dish traditionally served in the southern parts of Germany (Swabia or Bavaria).
I was first introduced to making Spätzle from scratch through one of my friend’s from school. Her family came from Bavaria and her mom used to prepare homemade Spätzle all the time. There were four kids in the family and they were allowed to bring friends over for lunch after school. Try to image the mountains of Spätzle my friend’s mom prepared to feed all of the hungry teenagers at her table. I remember a lot laughter and great food at this house.
This homemade noodle dish can not be compared to any brand of Spätzle out of a bag. They are light and airy. Serve them as a side dish with Bratwurst, Gulasch or pork tenderloin.
I have made a variation of Spätzle with spinach before. You can find the recipe for spinach Spätzle here.
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- 250 g flour
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 125 ml water (or mineral water)
- 50 g butter, melted
- Preheat your oven to warming. Add a bigger baking dish.
- Bring a big pot of salted water to boil while preparing the dough.
- Add flour, salt, water and eggs into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook, mix the dough on high for 3 to 4 min., until you can see air bubbles in the dough (when the machine is turned off).
- Place your Spätzle maker over the boiling pot and add half of the dough into the hopper, dropping the dough through the hopper into the boiling water while moving the attachment. I use a hopper (hobel) style Spätzle maker .
- The Spätzle are done when they are rising to the surface of the pot. Take them out of the boiling water with a slotted spoon or a kitchen spider (I love mine).
- Place them into a colander to drain the extra water. Add some butter and move to the baking dish in the oven to keep the pasta warm until you are done preparing the whole batch.
- Serve immediately.
- You can also make the Spätzle ahead. Just rinse the hot pasta with cold water, let the extra water drain and keep the spaetzle in the fridge until needed. Reheat with some butter in a pan, oven or microwave.