Homemade Spaetzle

Hausgemachte Spätzle
While Spätzle is a regional specialty from Swabia (a historic region, mainly in the southern states of Baden-Württemberg and southwest Bavaria, in southwestern Germany), it is enjoyed in all parts of Germany. For convenience, Germans outside of the Swabian region are more likely to purchase ready-made packaged Spätzle. In the Swabian region, however, the practice of making one's own Spätzle is still alive, mostly with the aid of a specialty Spätzle press or Spätzle slicer.
Course Entree
Region Bavaria


  • 10 oz all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 medium eggs beaten
  • 3 tablespoons cold water, approx


  • Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the center, pour in the eggs and gradually beat them into the flour with a wooden spoon. As the dough gets thicker add the water gradually until you have a soft, just-runny dough.
  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Take a small cupful of the soft dough and either rub through a flat Spätzle disk with a flat spatula or rub through a colander with the back of a ladle. The dough will fall into the water as thick "squiggles". They cook very quickly — when they rise to the surface of the water allow them a few seconds longer, then scoop out with a slotted spoon into another colander.
  • If cooking ahead, then drop the cooked Spätzle in iced water for a couple of minutes. Otherwise, dress with a little melted butter and seasoning.


!For green herb Spätzle:
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs to the flour before mixing. For cheese Spätzle, dress hot cooked Spätzle with melted butter and toss with a little grated German Emmenthaler cheese. Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg and top with fried browned onion rings.
!For Spätzle with fresh tomato sauce:
Skin, de-seed and chop three large tomatoes. Sauté in 2 tablespoons olive oil with two crushed garlic cloves until you have a rough puree. Season and stir in chopped fresh parsley or shredded basil. Makes a delicious quick and light homemade pasta dish. Top with grated Emmenthaler.

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