This comforting cheesy noodle recipe is Germany’s answer to macaroni cheese. We first tried it in a food market in Berlin (you can read our foodie’s guide to Berlin here) and were completely hooked, we’ve been seeking it out at German food stalls ever since. This homemade version is so much nicer than any version we’ve tried elsewhere and is made with surprisingly few ingredients.
You’ll need a spätzle maker to make this dish, which can be purchased cheaply from Amazon. It’s best served as a side dish as an accompaniment to a nice meat dish.
Serves: Two as a side dish
Skill level: Easy
Equipment required: Spätzle maker
Prep time: 20 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes to heat and serve
100 g plain flour
1 large egg
50 ml milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
6 Grated Gruyère cheese
A pinch of salt
Twist of black pepper to taste
You can view the recipe in video format below, with a full description further below in the Methods section.
Step 1: In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt and pepper and stir in the beaten eggs. Add the milk and continue stirring until smooth, let the batter stand for approximately 30 minutes.
Step 2: Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Rest the spätzle maker over the top of the pan and pour on the batter. Press the batter through the press into the water.
Step 3: When the spätzle floats to the top of the water, scoop it out with a slotted spoon and place into a colander to drain.
Step 4: Meanwhile, melt the butter in the large pan over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add the chopped onion and cook it begins to caramelize (this should take about 10 to 15 minutes). Add the spätzle and grated cheese and mix until the cheese has melted.
Step 4: Serve topped with crispy onions and chopped chives.
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