My interest in cooking started when I was 10 years old. I like to experiment with recipes and give old standbys a new twist. In this traditional dish, I added fresh basil with delicious results.—Robert Foust, Indianapolis, Indiana
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
- 3 teaspoons salt, divided
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 4 quarts water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- In a bowl, combine flour, basil and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in eggs and cold water; mix until dough is smooth. In a large kettle, bring water and remaining salt to a boil; reduce heat. With a rubber spatula, press dough through a colander into simmering water. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring gently so spaetzle do not stick together. Drain; toss with butter. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Basil Spaetzle in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p47
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