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Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationpeanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes



Taste and Texturebuttery


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 to 4 gratings fresh nutmeg
  • ¼ pound unsalted butter
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper


  1. Combine the flour, eggs, salt, nutmeg, and 1¼ cups cold water in a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon and reserve.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

  3. Pick up small amounts of dough with a teaspoon and push the dough into the water with another, or just push the dough through a colander. Dip the spoons in the boiling water to avoid their becoming sticky and unmanageable.Using a wooden spoon, stir the spaetzle off the bottom of the pot and cook for 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the spaetzle to a bowl of ice water. Repeat the process until all of the dough has been used.

  4. Rinse and drain well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  5. In a large skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the spaetzle and lightly sauté until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.


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