Spätzle und Schinken mit Käse überbacken

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The name of this recipe translates as noodles and ham with a baked/grilled cheese topping.

This is a fairly typical dish found in both top restaurants and lowly transport-type cafes throughout Germany & Austria.

It's very versatile and almost anything can be added, according to what's in your larder and/or whatever takes your fancy. Very suitable for vegetarian cooking, but also for using up leftover meat.

Furthermore, it's tasty, inexpensive and nutritious, although fairly filling, and is a nice change to pasta.

Spätzle und Schinken mit Käse überbacken
Served with peas and tomato chutney
Servings:Serves 2 - or 4 as a starter
Calories per serving:1396
Ready in:40 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:16th August 2013

Best recipe review

Better than you'd think


Looks poor from the pictures but it tasted fab



Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe

  • 500g packet of Spätzle
  • About 50g of grated or sliced cheese - any variety
  • A few slices of ham (any variety) cut into cubes or squares
  • Salt & pepper
  • A handful of fresh/tinned/frozen vegetables of your choice
  • 1 onion, chopped finely or coarsely


  1. Cook the Spätzle in lightly-salted already boiling water (1 minute for fresh, 8 mins for dried usually)
  2. When cooked, drain well in a sieve
  3. Season with salt & pepper
  4. Add the ham (if using), onion and the vegetables
  5. Mix well
  6. Put into an ovenproof dish
  7. Cover with grated cheese or slices
  8. Bake in a hot oven or under a preheated grill until cheese is golden and bubbling
  9. Serve piping hot

Serving suggestions

Serve with a fresh green salad or cooked green beans, baby carrots, asparagus, with a side of Branston or tomato chutney.


Great for using up leftover meat such as mince, roast beef, pork or lamb.

Try also combining a little bit of cheese sauce into the mixture before topping with the grated cheese and baking.

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