Fresh Cheese Spaetzle

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by UmmBinat

ZWT6 Germany. Germans typically use quark when making spaetzle, but Grace Parisi from told us that the type available in the United States isn't curdy enough. So Parisi uses small-curd cottage cheese in the spaetzle and makes the chive sauce with tangy quark. Adding 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar instead of the chives turns this savory dish into a delicious dessert.

Top Review by breezermom

I have no spaetzle maker, so this was true dedication on my part. I used a colander to squeeze the batter through, and then tried to shape them into "little sparrows". I don't think I succeeded very well, but the taste was wonderful! DS loved these and requested that I make them again. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, cottage cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  3. Stir in the flour until a smooth, thick, sticky batter forms.
  4. Spoon the batter into a colander with 1/4-inch holes.
  5. Set or hold the colander 1 inch above the boiling water and scrape the batter through the holes, using a rubber spatula.
  6. Stir the spaetzle once or twice to separate them.
  7. As soon as they rise to the surface, use a slotted spoon to transfer the spaetzle to a clean colander and drain well.
  8. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet. Add the boiled spaetzle and cook them over moderately high heat, stirring and shaking the skillet occasionally, until the spaetzle are browned and crisp in spots, about 5 minutes.
  9. Add the quark and snipped chives, reduce the heat to moderately low and cook, stirring, until the sauce is creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Season the spaetzle with salt and pepper and serve right away.
  10. MAKE AHEAD:.
  11. The boiled cheese spaetzle can be covered in plastic wrap and kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours before sautéing.
  12. NOTES.
  13. INSTEAD OF COTTAGE CHEESE: Farmer cheese.
  14. INSTEAD OF QUARK: Crème fraîche, fromage blanc, lebneh or mascarpone.

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