Celebrate Fall with Homemade Spaetzle

Celebrate Fall with Homemade Spaetzle
I feel like 90% my friends here in California have no idea what Spaetzle is. They get noodles, but spaetzle is totally a wacky word to them. I’ll say, “Want some spaetzle?” and they’ll think I’m saying something dirty. Ok, look…Shhh..don’t tell, but noodles and spaetzle are the same thing, but spaetzle is a lot more fun!

Spaetzle is a German loose noodle that is made with flour, eggs, milk and a little butter. The noodle is chunky and ill-formed, so there’s no bowtie or angel hair process here. Salt and pepper, as basic as these ingredients can be, are equally important to the success of a tasty spaetzle dish. The other key component to this recipe is using a potato ricer. The potato ricer will allow you to squeeze out the dough mixture into thin loose noodles that will boil up rapidly in the boiling water. I got my ricer on Amazon.

Celebrate Fall with Homemade Spaetzle

Celebrate Fall with Homemade Spaetzle


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick of melted butter
  • additional salt and pepper to taste and chives or green onions to garnish


  1. Fill a pot with water and add 1 tsp salt and set to boil.
  2. Meanwhile sift out 2 cups of flour into a bowl and stir in 1 tsp of salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix 3/4 cups of milk and two eggs until blended well.
  4. Add to flour mixture and incorporate well. The mixture will be sticky and start to form a ball. Stop there and add 1 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 tablespoon of water to the dough mixture.
  5. Stir more until the consistency is wetter and more even.
  6. The water should be boiling now. Load up the ricer with the dough mixture and squeeze over the boiling water.
  7. The dough noodles will mostly sink at first, but as they cook (about 1 minute or so), they will float to the top. Scoop them out and give them a good shake with a slotted spatula or spoon so they drain. Put them in a large bowl and add the rest of the melted butter.
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Stir and add lots of black pepper and salt to taste. Before serving, I add diced green onions. This dish will be a huge hit with family and friends! It’s the ultimate comfort food – give the German noodles a try!