Even though I didn’t really grow up with traditional German food, there is one thing I do crave every now and then: a good Schnitzel!

A Schnitzel is basically a breaded piece of pork (you can use chicken as well if you want but the traditional version is with pork), which is fried in a pan with lots of oil. A recipe for the perfect Schnitzel will follow soon but today I want to concentrate on the Schnitzel’s best friend: Käsespätzle!

Kãsespätzle are the perfect side dish for a Schnitzel and are basically the german take on Mac and Cheese. Except that we don’t use pasta but make the dough ourselves, press it through a kind of siphon, then spread it in a big pan, cover it with cheese and bake it in the oven! This cheesy goodness is the best thing on a cold day and tastes even more delicious if you cover it with a few caramelized onions.

Check out the below recipe for Käsespätzle. They are super easy to make, the only specially thing you need is a special kind of grater as seen in the below pictures. I promise you won’t regret it, especially if you like Macaroni and Cheese. And lets be honest, who doesn’t?!

Käsespätzle recipe - german macaroni and cheese, outinvancouver food blog
Käsespätzle
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Käsespätzle are the german interpretation of Mac and cheese. A past like dough, which is baked in the oven with lots and lots of cheese sprinkled on top. It is one of my favourite german foods and is super easy to make as you will see from this recipe!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Käsespätzle recipe - german macaroni and cheese, outinvancouver food blog
Käsespätzle
Print Recipe
Käsespätzle are the german interpretation of Mac and cheese. A past like dough, which is baked in the oven with lots and lots of cheese sprinkled on top. It is one of my favourite german foods and is super easy to make as you will see from this recipe!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F.
  2. Measure the flower into a big bowl.
  3. Mix the two eggs together and add to the flower.
  4. Add the salt and water and mix everything with a kitchen machine until it has a smooth consistency. The dough shouldn't be too liquid but a bit gooey.
  5. Fill a big pot with water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
  6. When the water is boiling, place the grater on top of the pot and scoop some of the dough into the opening of the grater. Move slowly back and forth to spread the dough. It will make little drops down into the water.
  7. Wait a few minutes until the dough is cooked, it will rise to the top after about 2-3 minutes. Then scoop the dough out of the water, either with a scoops with wholes in it or place in a siphon.
    Käsespätzle recipe - german macaroni and cheese, outinvancouver food blog
  8. Repeat the same steps with the rest of the dough and then place all the dough into a big pan.
  9. Grate the cheese and distribute evenly on top of the Spätzle. Sprinkle some pepper and salt over it and place in the oven.
    Käsespätzle recipe - german macaroni and cheese, outinvancouver food blog
  10. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is properly melted.
  11. While the Spätzle are in the oven, slice the onion into rings.
  12. Melt the butter in a small sauce pot and when melted add the onion. You can add some sugar if you like to, it will caramelize the onion a little.
  13. Fry the onion rings in the butter (and sugar if wanted) until they turn golden brown.
  14. Remove from the saucepan and place on some paper towel to suck up some of the oil. Leave them on the towel for a good 5 - 10 minutes, this will make them a little crispy.
  15. Take the Spätzle out of the oven when all the cheese is melted, place on your plate and sprinkle with the onions. Enjoy!

About The Author

Hannah Breucker
Co-Founder and Editor

Hey, I'm Hannah Breucker from Munich, Germany but made Vancouver my new home and this food blog my new project! I love food and so I'm always on the hunt for new restaurants in Vancouver. But I also enjoy baking and cooking for my better half or friends. I am constantly trying out new recipes or improving old recipes, so if you love food as much as I do, come and join me on my food adventures!