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Oma's Cheese Spätzle Recipe

White Casserole Dish with Cheese Spätzle baked with caramelized onionsCheese Spätzle covered with Caramelized Onions make a wonderful meal, all by itself or served as a side that fits to almost anything!

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. 

It really is a quick German recipe when you use packaged noodles, or you can start from scratch, making them, just like Oma!

Kaffeeklatsch Trivia with a cup of coffee and steam rising

  • The origin of the word Spätzle comes from Swabian meaning 'little sparrows'
  • These noodles are traditional in  Germany, especially in Baden-Württemberg and in Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary
  • When the noodles are button-shaped, they are called by their Swiss name, Knöpfle, which means "small buttons" 
  • Traditionally, thin strips of dough were scraped off a wooden chopping board into boiling salted water
  • Today, there are many devices that can be used ranging from types of colanders, ricers , food mills, or graters

Oma's 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 ½ of the Spätzle, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with ½ 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.
  • Try this with Cheddar or Jarlsberg cheeses or a combination of the two.

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

German Cheese SpätzleHere, the noodles are covered with caramelized onions and served with a ground beef sauce.

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 SpätzleHere, I made the Spätzle dough thicker than normal, resulting in a different 'look' aka Knöpfle (in Switzerland). Delicious when turned into a Cheesy Spätzle Casserole!

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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