German noodles, aka Nudeln, make kid-friendly dinners, especially the German version of "Mac and Cheese" called Käsespätzle. This was among the quick, easy pasta recipes my Mutti would make. Packaged spätzle noodles (THE traditional German noodles) were not available when we lived in northern Ontario.
German rice, aka Reis, is also an easy side dish. Whenever Mutti made this, I used to think we were eating Chinese food. I didn't realize that it was used much in Germany as well. Now, I really like making it in my Instant Pot pressure cooker. So easy and so PERFECT.
Potatoes and dumplings are the most popular starches served throughout most of Germany. However, in southern Germany (is it because they're closer to Italy?) noodles and pasta are very common, especially the famous Spätzle.
When cooking spaghetti, cook some extra for another dinner. Use the extra in a Baked Spaghetti dish. This is an easy vegetarian meal, but it also tastes great with some leftover meat added. Smoked German sausage would be a wonderful addition!
Want to learn how to make noodles? They is an interesting recipe for "Schupfnudeln" meaning "finger noodles" that uses potatoes in the dough.
Delicious! I first encountered these very different noodles at a high-class restaurant overlooking the vineyards in the Erlenbach area. They were served with wild deer and mushrooms. Ahhhh . . . German food!
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