This recipe for Homemade Spaetzle takes a bit of effort, but there are times when this is exactly the right side dish to go with a dish like Tarragon Chicken in White Wine and Tomato, Blanquette de Veau, or the Hungarian favorite, Chicken Paprikash. Try it instead of pasta when you have time and inspiration.

Home Made Spaetzle or Nokedli

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Course: Sides
Cuisine: Hungarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Moderately difficult
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Bring water to boil in a medium sauce pan.
  • Combine 1 cup flour, salt, the egg and stir to combine.
  • Add water, a little at a time, and continue to stir until the mixture is smooth and has a stretchy consistency. This should take about 4-5 minutes of steady beating. The dough should be thicker than pancake batter and should stretch when lifted with a spoon.
  • Run a cutting board under water to wet the surface, then spoon a large dollop of dough onto the board.
  • Cut a ribbon about an 1" thick from the dollop, and using a kitchen knife, cut and slide 1/4" pieces into the boiling water.
  • The dumplings will rise to the surface when they are cooked.
  • Strain and serve as a side dish.

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