Käsespätzle is the German Mac and Cheese You’ve Been Missing in Your Life

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A traditional German dish, käsespätzle is the kind of food that is so satisfying and delicious that it’s impossible to believe it hasn’t become more popular internationally. A homemade cheesy noodle dish made with fried onions and usually served with a green salad, this dish is pretty much guaranteed to be loved by everyone no matter their age, especially fans of mac and cheese (and let’s face it, who isn’t?). Here’s how you make it.


  • 1 and a half cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion
  • 1 and a half cups Emmentaler cheese, shredded


Combine flour, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Mix in with the milk and flour mixture, combining until smooth. Let the dough stand for half an hour.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Use a spaetzle press to press the batter into the water. If you don’t have this specialized tool (we don’t blame you), you can use a potato ricer, colander, or cheese grater. You can tell it’s done cooking when the noodles float to the top of the water.

Drain the water and place the noodles into a bowl and mix in the cheese.

Cook diced onions in melted butter until golden. Stir in the noodles and cheese until well combined. Serve while still hot with a green salad on the side.