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German spätzle noodles with toasted breadcrumbs and crisp bacon crumble

Traditional German Spätzle Noodles with Toasted Breadcrumbs and Bacon Crumble

German spätzle noodles are a delicious type of pasta made with fresh eggs. Spätzle are easy enough to make, but need a bit of time and elbow grease. Learn how to make this traditional German recipe with buttery toasted breadcrumbs and crisp bacon crumble.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • Spätzle Press
  • Food Processor
  • Three large bowls
  • Large slotted spoon
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream of wheat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • > 1/4 cup water (as much as is needed)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 8 rashers of bacon

Instructions
 

  • Begin heating a large pot of salted water and beat the eggs in a food processor.
  • Add in the flour and cream of wheat and process until combined.
  • Pour in a bit of water and mix it in with a spatula to move the dough around, then add the salt.
  • Blend everything together with the food processor, adding more water if needed.
  • When the water comes to a boil, swirl in the first batch of spätzle and give it a stir.
  • While the spätzle cooks, prepare a cold water bath and get a colander ready.
  • When the spätzle starts foaming in the water, scoop it into a bowl and transfer everything to the cold water bath.
  • Strain the spätzle and refill the water bath bowl for the next batch.
  • Start the next batch of spätzle
  • Lay out a clean, dry dishcloth and layer the strained spätzle on top of it. Cover it with another dry dishcloth.
  • Move the dry spätzle to a bowl to make room for the next batch. Repeat this process until all the spätzle is made.
  • Make a batch of extra crispy bacon for the crumble (this is optional).
  • Melt the butter in a pan and toast the breadcrumbs.
  • Toss the spätzle with the toasted breadcrumbs and bacon crumble.

Notes

  • Spätzle freezes well.
  • Rinse the doughy equipment with COLD WATER before washing the warm, soapy water. 
Keyword Oktoberfest Food, Traditonal Recipes