Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Noodle Hands! - Daring Cooks July 2011 Challenge

Blog-checking lines: Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks' July hostess.  Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help of a motorized pasta machine.  She provided us with recipes for Spätzle and Fresh Egg Pasta as well as a few delicious sauces to pair our noodles with.

I decided to make the Spatzle because I had never had it before, and to be honest I had no idea what it was! I do plan on trying to make fettucini or ravioli too, if I have them ready before July 14 I will put them up in this post as well.

It turns out that Spatzle is incredibly easy to make! It requires simple ingredients, and comes together very quickly.

I decided to add dill and parsley to my spatzle and I really liked the flavour of the dill in them.  I topped them with the Butter and Breadcrumb sauce that was provided and it was really tasty.

You can add any herbs or spices that you wish to jazz these up.  I halved the recipe, but if you make the full recipe (listed below) it makes about 4 servings.

German Spatzle
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp dill (I used dried dill)
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  1. In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, dill, and parsely
  2. Add the flour about 1/2 cup at a time and mix until smooth after each addition. After the last of the flour is added the dough will become very thick and elastic
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  4. Dip a spoon in the hot water, and then scoop about half a spoonful of the dough
  5. Drop the dough into the boiling water, and repeat with the remaining dough (they will puff up a lot)
  6. Boil for 15 - 20 minutes.  While the spatzles are boiling you can make the sauce
  7. Drain well before serving
  8. Enjoy!
Butter and Breadcrumbs Sauce
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • herbs and spices of your choice (optional)
  1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl 
  2. Stir in the breadcrumbs (and any herbs or spices you may be using)
  3. Dab onto the drained spatzle
  4. Enjoy!


  1. Great job! Your spaetzle look great! I made them, too, and was so impressed with how easy and quick they were to make! Hello noodles everyday!

  2. I have never had Spaetzle before either.I always like to try new things with my family. I will be trying this soon as well. Yours looks great.

  3. It looks delicious and really unusual. I hope that I'll cook it correctly. In any way, I would like to try the ordinary version of the dish.

  4. It looks yummy, as to me. I hope that you'll share more of those unusual recipes here. I am interested in more vegan recipes, actually.

  5. The recipe itself sounds not bad. I'd like to give it a try, and I believe that this dish will be enjoyable for my family members! Let me do so, and I will definitely write you back!