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Oma's Cheese Spätzle Recipe ~ Käsespätzle

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

German Cheese Spätzle with caramelized onions. 'Mac & cheese' like no other, Oma-style.

Cheese Spätzle ~ Käsespätzle ~ is a traditional German way of serving this favorite German noodle. Covered with caramelized onions this makes a wonderful meal, all by itself or served as a side that fits to almost anything!

Above, they are being served with a pork roast and gravy. So good!

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. And, it really is a comfort food to enjoy anytime!

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

Either way, you'll have a dish that everyone will love.

German Cheese Spätzle with caramelized onions. 'Mac & cheese' like no other, Oma-style.
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  • 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
  • This type of soft egg noodle is also called Nokedli in 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

Check out Oma's homemade German Spätzle recipe if you want to learn my way of how to make noodles. 

Try the easy recipe and delight your family with this is a very traditional German noodle dish.

Here, the noodles are covered with caramelized onions and served with a ground beef sauce.

German Cheese Spätzle made just like Oma. A cheesy delicacy. A great dinner choice for any occasion.

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.

Here, 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

Delicious German Cheese Spätzle

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.

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

Hilde's German Cheese Spätzle!

Lydia Remembers...

I have so many wunderbar memories in the kitchen with my Oma, and have had MANY of her most popular and traditional recipes, like this cheese spätzle! 

This recipe has impeccable flavor and given how much I love cheese, that just makes it even better!

I've made spätzle with Oma a couple of times and I remember how tough it was the first time making it. Let's just say I had never seen a spätzle press before, and I definitely underestimated the muscle it takes to push the dough through the tiny holes! It was tricky at first but after making it again and again, I became a pro! Especially with Oma by my side giving me little hints along the way.

I'm not always one to enjoy onion in my dishes, at least not when it's super overpowering. But once you taste Oma's caramelized onions mixed in with that stretchy melted cheese...YUM. Even the non-onion eaters will make an exception for this one!

It really is just a fancy, German, comforting, even more delicious Mac & Cheese that can be made so easy! You know it's got to be great if I say it's better than Mac & Cheese... did I mention how much I LOVE cheese!? 

Learn a little bit about me, Lydia, and my kitchen adventures with Oma!


Oma Says:

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, if you really think you need a side. Perhaps a green salad as well. Nothing else needed.


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Oma's Käsespätzle Recipe

Käsespätzle is a traditional German way of serving this favorite German noodle. Covered with caramelized onions this makes a wonderful meal, all by itself or served as a side that fits to almost anything!

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.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes

Servings:

Makes 4 - 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 - 4 cups cooked Spätzle (12 oz. dry Spätzle)
  • 2 - 3 cups shredded Emmentaler cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 onions (sliced)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Heat butter (or oil) in skillet and sauté onions until tender and lightly browned, about 5 - 10 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Top with the sautéed onions.
  5. Bake, uncovered, about 20 - 30 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly browned on top.

Notes/Hints:

  • Try this with Cheddar or Jarlsberg cheeses or a combination of the two.
  • Either use purchased noodles for this or make your own Spätzle from scratch ... not difficult at all. 

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German Cheese Spätzle with caramelized onions. 'Mac & cheese' like no other, made just like Oma.
Cheese Spätzle covered with caramelized onions is a comfort food, made just like Oma, that's the perfect treat anytime!
German Cheese Spätzle with caramelized onions

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Cheese Spätzle is a traditional German noodle dish. A sort of Germanized version of 'Mac & Cheese', only better!

Ingredients: cheese, cooked spätzle, butter, onion, spices,

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