Kaesespaetzle (Homemade Spaetzle Noodles With Cheese and Caramel

Total Time
30mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is something hearty and warming for a winter day, after spending hours on the ski slopes or working outdoors. Try adding chopped parsley to the Spaetzle dough or puréed spinach or pumpkin for the extra kick of flavor (adjust amount of flour then).

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 400 g flour
  • 150 ml milk (luke warm)
  • 4 eggs (large)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 300 g aromatic cheese, grated (Alpine, Emmental, Swiss, Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere)
  • 3 red onions (cut in halves and then chopped in medium thin half rings)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or 1 TB resolidified butter)
  • pepper
  • chives (chopped)

Directions

  1. Dough: Beat flour, milk, eggs and salt thoroughly until a slightly sticky but elastic dough forms.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan and add chopped onions. Let brown thoroughly on medium heat.
  3. Using a spätzle machine (like a mandolin slicer with larger holes) or a colander with medium holes, press the noodles into a large pot full of boiling salted water. (Spätzle experts use a wooden chopping board and knife to rasp the dough into the water).
  4. Let Spätzle boil until they rise to the surface.
  5. Butter a oven proof bowl or pan and transfer Spätzle to it. Mix with cheese (either freestyle or one layer Spätzle, one layer cheese, finishing with a cheese layer).
  6. Put pan in the oven (about 180°C to keep Spätzle warm and let cheese melt).
  7. When the cheese is melted, get Spätzle out of the oven and garnish with the caramelised onions and cives.
  8. (You can omit the oven step and devour the Spätzle right away as well).
  9. Serve Käsespätzle with mixed or green salad.