Oma's Cheese Spätzle Recipe

German Cheese Spätzle
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Cheese Spätzle is a traditional German way of serving this favorite German noodle. Using either the homemade recipe or store-bought noodles, the resulting dinner is delicious. Follow my recipe below to serve them in a delicious cheese spätzle casserole. It's German "Mac & Cheese" only better! Really. 

A German version of the all-American favorite. Make this cheese spätzle when you really, really want something special for your family and friends. It really is a quick German recipe!

German Cheese Spätzle


  • 3 - 4 cups cooked Spätzle (12 oz. dry Spätzle)
  • 2 - 3 cups shredded Emmentaler cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 small onions (sliced)
  • salt and pepper
  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Heat butter (or oil) in skillet and sauté onions until tender and lightly browned, about 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Butter casserole dish. Begin by layering with 1/2 of the Spätzle, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese. Repeat, ending with the cheese.
  • Top with the sautéed onions.
  • Bake, uncovered, about 20 - 30 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly browned on top.
  • makes 4 - 6 servings.

Check out Oma's homemade German Spätzle recipe if you want to learn her way of how to make noodles, these Spätzle. Try the easy recipe and delight your family with this is a very traditional German noodle dish.

Perhaps you found a package of dried noodles and are wondering what to do with them? You can just cook them and serve them with caramelized onions on top. Delicious. Or, turn them into this cheesy casserole and have your family wanting seconds.

German Cheese Spätzle
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Not Italian ... It's German!

I used to think that whenever Mutti made a noodle dish that we were eating "Italian-style". It was only when I started this website and started searching German recipes and origins, that I realized that noodles are VERY German.

This is especially true of southern Germany. Because my Mutti and Papa came from the Berlin area, this was not part of our culture.

Check out Hilde Lumm, one of our German Foodie Fans, and what she make:

Look at this deliciousness that Hilde Lumm, one of our German Foodie Fans, made. WUNDERBAR!

Covering the top of the Cheese Spätzle with caramelized onions is the icing on the cake. Not what I would have considered myself, but seeing that is how they serve it in Germany, I had to give it a try.

Oh, my. Delicious.

A meat sauce on the side. Perhaps a green salad as well. Nothing else needed.

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