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Unopened packet of Spätzle
Seen close up (out of focus I know)

Spätzle or Spaetzle (pronounced 'schpetz-lay') are the German & Austrian equivalent of pasta, but they taste subtly and uniquely different. They are made primarily of eggs and wheat flour and, on an industrial scale, the mixture is extruded through a metal disc with holes of about 4-6mm diameter.

In the traditional way of making them at home, a kind of metal or wooden washboard with similarly-sized holes is placed over a pan of lightly-salted boiling water and the mixture 'rubbed' through so that the 'worms' fall into the water and are then cooked.

As with pasta, there are two types available: fresh (short cooking time, usually thicker and knobbly - see photo) and dried (thinner, smooth, similar to spaghetti but shorter and not straight, opaque yellow colour, requires a longer cooking time, typically 8-10 minutes).

They are very versatile, tasty, quick to prepare, good value, filling, nutritious, can be combined with many kinds of flavours, and can be used in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cookery.

Packaging information

Below I have translated from German the information that comes on the brand that I regularly buy (the fresh sort).

Eierspätzle (egg noodles)

Pfannenfertig (ready for the pan/ready to cook)

Contents: 500g

Cost (locally): about €1.70

Cooking instructions

1) Frying: Put the Spätzle into a frying pan with a little bit of butter and/or vegetable oil and fry until golden brown. Ready!!


2) Boiling: Put the Spätzle into boiling and lightly-salted water and cook for one minute. Drain with a slotted spoon or sieve. Do not overcook.


3) Microwave: Put the Spätzle into a microwaveable bowl with about a tablespoon of water. Cover with a lid and cook at 600W for about 3 to 4 minutes.

Ingredients & nutritional information

Ingredients: Wheat flour, drinking water, whole eggs (12%), table salt, vegetable oil, citric acid (acidifier), spice extract

Nutritional information - 100g contains on average:

Calorific value - 708 kJ / 167 kcal

Protein - 6.0 g

Carbohydrate - 30 g

Fat - 2.6 g

If anyone reading this needs any further information or how to cook with them, please contact the author and I will try to help.

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