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This traditional German dish is one of the most popular dishes in our family restaurant. It is so delicious when served with schnitzel or Parmesan cheese.—5;Essen Haus, Bob and Gail Worm, Madison, Wisconsin
Recommended: Homemade Pasta Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash white pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 quarts chicken broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 326 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 190mg cholesterol, 920mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt, nutmeg and pepper. Add eggs and milk; stir to mix well (batter will be thick). In a Dutch oven or large kettle, bring chicken broth to a boil. Drop batter by 1/2 teaspoonfuls into boiling liquid. Boil until spaetzle rise to the surface; remove to ice water. Drain well. In a skillet, heat spaetzle in butter until lightly browned. Serve with schnitzel and gravy or with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Spaetzle in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p51

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ambonito User ID: 2703997 4886
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"I made this recipe to use instead of noodles in a Uber-Braten Kielbasa and Sauerkraut casserole. I used a spaetzle grater and they came out great."

dnye User ID: 1362837 6364
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2008

"You can buy a spaetzle maker or potato ricer online for about $20 (get the kind that has 2 handles that you squeeze together) We got ours in Germany, but they are available here. It's the only way to make spaetzle."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 2377
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2008

"Not all of them floated, but it was easier than trying to force the dough through a collander."

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