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4 Servings

1 hour 30 minutes active

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Spaetzle, which means “little sparrows” in German, are small, rustic dumplings—some call them noodles—made from a simple batter of flour, eggs and milk or water. The dumplings are formed by dropping the batter through the perforations of a Spaetzle maker, which resembles a large-holed cheese grater, into a pot of boiling water. Scooped from the water or drained, the cooked Spaetzle are unevenly shaped and charming, with a toothsome texture and agreeable flavor that makes them an excellent accompaniment to stews and braises. They can also be sautéed in butter and embellished with other ingredients, such as herbs and cheese, that turn the Spaetzle into a standout side dish. Spaetzle makers are relatively inexpensive and easy to source, but if not an option, you can improvise with a flat cheese grater with holes the size of the large holes on a box grater. Hold the grater above the boiling water, ladle on some batter and use a silicone spatula to work the batter back and forth and push it through the holes.



1 hour

30 minutes active


  • 2

    cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼

    teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


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Sandra J.
October 2, 2023
The best!
This is the best spaetzle ever! Even blows away the spaetzle from my favorite German restaurant and what my family makes (we're German). Due to dietary restrictions I substituted canned coconut milk + water to sub for the whole milk called for in the recipe (I made a double batch). The entire family loved it. This will be in my regular rotation and will be my contribution to holiday gatherings in the future.