Spatzle or spaetzle are tiny dumplings or noodles of flour, eggs & cheese. Generally, people like pasta or noodles but in most parts of Europe and especially Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungry etc. the Spatzle is very famous comfort food, easily available every where around. Spatzle literally means “little sparrows”. They are like tiny dumplings which melt in your mouth.
Usually, people like noodles or pasta but Spatzle is a version which are called egg noodles noodles too but are either made with hand & spoon or with colanders and looks in some ways like sparrow sometimes. The use of ricotta cheese in it makes them much lighter, fluffier & sturdier. They are very easy to cook and don’t take much time, they can be done pretty much in the same time you need to cook pasta. All you need to do is to make a thick batter with flour, eggs & cheese and boil these in boiling water and once they are cooked, they will float and come at the top, just take out and mildly toss them in butter and enjoy with your favorite stew or sauces. Try out!
Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Yields
30 mins 15 mins 45 mins 4 Serving
All purpose flour – 2 cups
Eggs – 4
Whole milk Ricotta cheese – 1 cup
Water – 1/3 cup + for boiling
Butter – 4 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon
Salt per taste
Ground black pepper
Fresh thyme leaves – 1 tablespoon (chopped)
- In a large pot, boil water with salt. Keep aside.
- Grease a large bowl with butter and keep aside too. Now melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large pan and keep aside.
- Mix the all purpose flour with salt & pepper. In a separate bowl mix the eggs & water well and then slowly fold in the ricotta and add thyme. Now add the egg mixture to the flour and whisk & mix well to form a smooth batter. The batter should be slightly thicker than pancake batter but should not be like a stiff dough.
- Now take a colander with medium holes and pour and push the batter with a rubber spatula through these holes into the pot of boiling water and let it boil for a minute or two till they starting floating, after floating cook for another 1-2 minutes. Then take out with a slotted spoon and toss & place into the bowl pre-greased with butter so they don’t get sticky. Repeat this process in batches till all the batter is consumed and Spatzle is ready.
- Now bring the pan with melted butter back and place on medium heat and let the butter simmer till it starts becoming brown a bit, at this point add the cooked Spatzle to the pan and toss them to coat them well in butter. Now transfer to a serving plate and serve hot.
Note: Spatzle can be also made without a colander, simply by putting bits of batter directly by a spoon into the water, they will be then uneven in shape and slightly bigger dumplings. The dumplings will keep on getting firm even after taking out of water for a while so serve immediately. You can add cooked bacon or chopped parsley or cilantro too if you like it. Can be served with salads, sauces or stew or veggies per choice. Bon Apatite!