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Spaetzle – Tiny Dumplings

Spaetzle - Tiny Dumplings -
Written by SamsonLee

Spaetzle – Tiny Dumplings is a simple German dish consisting of lumps or threads made from a batter of flour, milk, eggs, and salt. This is usually poured through a colander into boiling water, and then mixed in butter and lightly pan-fried. These are added to sauces and stews for extra body, flavour and textures.  These are the same as noodles and served the same way. I serve them with either pork or chicken, mushrooms, green beans and a deep creamy sauce.  Also, Spaetzle can be made in advance and frozen for a later date. To make sure they don’t stick, once boiled, rinse them under cold water.

Spaetzle - Tiny Dumplings -

Spaetzle - Tiny Dumplings

I lovely alternative to the normal noodles. Serve with a sauce for fast tasty dish.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Noodles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 1084kcal



  • Combine the flour, 1/2 the salt, and the nutmeg in a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat the eggs into the flour mixture.
  • Add the milk in a thin stream, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, and continue to stir until the batter is smooth.
  • Bring 2 litres of water with the remaining salt to a boil in a 4 - 5 litres saucepan over high heat.
  • Place a large colander (with large holes) over the saucepan and press a few tablespoons of batter at a time through the holes with a spoon or rubber spatula.
  • Stir the Spätzle gently to prevent it from sticking together, and boil briskly for 5 to 8 minutes, until tender.
  • Drain thoroughly using a colander or sieve.
  • Sprinkle with the toasted bread crumbs, or try the recipe below.


Sodium: 1243mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 9g | Potassium: 506mg | Cholesterol: 263mg | Calories: 1084kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Fat: 27g | Protein: 34g | Carbohydrates: 176g