Cheese spätzle with fried onions

When I think of comfort food, cheese spätzle is exactly what comes to mind!


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 40 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 999 / Protein 52g / Carbohydr. 113g / Fat 37g

Ingredients (4 servings)

600 gall-purpose flour
350 gEmmentaler
1 tbspsalt
0.5 tsppepper
1 pinchnutmeg
250 mlwater
0.5 bunchparsley
vegetable oil for frying


large saucepan, measuring cup, large frying pan, pastry spatula, large bowl, box grater, colander, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife

Wine Tip

A rich, opulent, and semi-dry Alsatian Gewürztraminer pairs very well with this dish. The wine’s fruity, floral bouquet harmonizes well with mild, buttery cheeses like Emmentaler.

Step 1

Cheese spätzle with fried onions

In a large bowl, vigorously stir together flour, eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and water until air bubbles form in dough.

measuring cup, large bowl, cooking spoon

600 g flour / 6 eggs / 1 tbsp salt / 0.5 tsp pepper / 1 pinch nutmeg / 250 ml water

Step 2

Cheese spätzle with fried onions

Cut onions into thin rings. Roughly chop parsley. Shred cheese with a box grater, using the side with largest holes.

box grater, cutting board, knife

4 onions / 0.5 bunch parsley / 350 g Emmentaler

Step 3

Cheese spätzle with fried onions

Fill a large saucepan half full with salted water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Next, wet cutting board with a little boiling water and then spread a thin, even layer of dough over a cutting board. Using a pastry spatula, shave off thin strips of dough, approx. the width of a pencil, into water. Cook for approx. 1 min. or until spätzle rises to the surface. Transfer to an ice bath for approx. 20 sec. to halt cooking process and then place in a colander to drain.

large saucepan, pastry spatula, colander, cutting board

Step 4

Cheese spätzle with fried onions

In a large frying pan, sauté onions over medium-high heat in some vegetable oil for approx. 3 – 5 min. Add spätzle and continue to cook for approx. 5 – 10 min. until crispy and golden brown.

large frying pan

vegetable oil for frying

Step 5

Cheese spätzle with fried onions

Add shredded cheese to pan and cook for approx. 2 – 4 min. until cheese is melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley. Enjoy!