Recipe For Frugal Noodles: Spaetzle


I recently figured out that I am about 40% German. My dad has a streak of Irish mixed in with an almost total German background. Some of our favorite family recipes come from his side of the family. Spaetzle (pronounced Spetch-lee in our family) are a German noodle/dumpling. You can buy special spaetzle makers however, a spoon and fork are all you really need.

Pour flour, salt & pepper into a bowl. Add eggs and stir vigorously. Add enough milk to make a stiff dough. Using a spoon, pick up small amounts (about 1/2 a teaspoonful) and scrape it into a pan of boiling water. When they float, they are done. Drizzle melted butter over the finished bowl of spaetzle. They are strange looking little things, but they are SO good! Use them in place of egg noodles: under meatballs, with roast, as a side or all by themselves. My dad and I used to hurry to the kitchen the morning after my mom made these, trying to beat each other to the leftovers. They were one of my favorite dishes ever before going gluten free. I made a gf version HERE.

1. Info for Frugal Noodles: Spaetzle

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2. Ingredients for Frugal Noodles: Spaetzle

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • milk to moisten (about ⅓ cup)

3. Directions:

  1. Make a mound of flour in a bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Vigorously stir in eggs, adding milk to moisten.
  4. Bowl 3 quarts of water in a large pan.
  5. Using two spoons, scrap marble sized pieces of dough into the boiling water, being careful not to crowd too many into the pan.
  6. After they float to the top, give them half a minute more, then scoop out and drain on paper towel.
  7. Place in a bowl and generously dot with butter.
  8. Season again as needed.

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