Cheese Spaetzle Recipe

Cheese Spaetzle (Käsespätzle) is the German version of Mac and Cheese! Made with homemade German egg noodles and Emmental cheese. This Bavarian dish is special enough for an Oktoberfest party but so easy that you can make it every day!

Cheese Spaetzle (Käsespätzle)

It’s the end of September and that means the Oktoberfest in Munich is almost over! I’m not a fan of big crowds (especially if the crowd mainly consists of drunken people) and loud music but I love the food. You get great Bavarian dishes in every tent!

Like this Bavarian specialty called Allgäuer Käsespätzle. It’s the ultimate comfort food similar to Mac and Cheese. Homemade German spaetzle are mixed with cheese and cream and topped with chives and crispy fried onions. It’s so delicious AND really easy to make at home!

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This dish is a favorite of my husband. Most times when we go out to a German restaurant he orders cheese spaetzle and I can’t blame him. Who can resist melted cheese and crispy onions?

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But you don’t have to visit the Oktoberfest or fly out to Munich to enjoy this dish because it’s super easy to make at home! The only thing you probably don’t have in your kitchen is a spaetzle maker but luckily Amazon can help with this little problem. I recommend this one, it’s dishwasher safe, doesn’t cost too much, and is easy to handle.

You can make the spaetzle in advance and store them in the fridge for 1-2 days. If you don’t want to make cheese spaetzle you can also just saute them in butter and serve them with a Sunday roast and gravy.

But I urge you to try my cheese spaetzle recipe! It’s super delicious and tastes like in our favorite Bavarian restaurant.

There are many ways to make cheese spaetzle but I like this version the most. Some recipes (especially the ones that are not from Bavaria) only use cheese and no cream but we prefer it a bit creamier.

Authentic & Easy German Spaetzle Recipe - ready in only 15 minutes and a great side dish for all kinds of recipes!

To make cheese spaetzle you first need half of my Easy German Spaetzle Recipe. This serves 2 persons as a main dish if you need more make the whole recipe. When the spaetzle are done you can use them immediately or combine them with a little bit of butter and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.

Emmental cheese is the perfect cheese to use for cheese spaetzle. It has a savory but mild taste and melts easily. Combined with cream and chives it makes a creamy, cheesy melted deliciousness. When you’ve combined the spaetzle and the cheese mixture put the skillet under the broiler for a few minutes until the top is nicely browned and bubbly. Top the Kaesespaetzle with chopped chives and as much crispy fried onions as you like and enjoy!

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Cheese Spaetzle (Käsespätzle) is the German version of Mac and Cheese! Made with german egg noodles and Emmental cheese. This Bavarian dish is special enough for an Oktoberfest party but so easy that you can make it every day!

Tools used for making this Cheese Spaetzle recipe:

Cast Iron Skillet: This skillet works best for this recipe.
Box Grater: This one is super convenient, it comes with an attachable container for catching, measuring and storing grated foods.


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Cheese Spaetzle Recipe

Cheese Spaetzle (Käsespätzle) is the German version of Mac and Cheese! Made with homemade German egg noodles and Emmental cheese. This Bavarian dish is special enough for an Oktoberfest party but so easy that you can make it every day!

Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 484 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Emmental cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives plus more for garnishing
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 portion of my homemade spaetzle recipe
  • Crispy Fried Onions

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine shredded Emmental cheese, heavy cream, and chopped chives.
  2. Heat up the butter in a 9-10-inch cast iron pan over medium heat. 

  3. When the butter is hot add the spaetzle. Cook over medium-high heat until they're golden brown on the edges and slightly crispy.
  4. Add the cheese mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Put the pan under your broiler for about 2-3 minutes until the top gets golden brown.
  6. Garnish with chopped chives and crispy fried onions.

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3 Comments

  • Dagmar

    I grew up in germany but now live in California. My mom most of the time used Swiss cheese and sauteed onions. I love spaetzle but since I don’t like Swiss cheese I wouldn’t eat them. I make spaetzle for my kids with rouladen and they just love it. I will try this recipe for sure. Thank you

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