Quick Spinach Spaetzle Recipe With Creamy 2-Ingredient Cheese Sauce (Fun for St. Patrick's Day) by 30Seconds Food

Quick Spinach Spaetzle Recipe With Creamy 2-Ingredient Cheese Sauce (Fun for St. Patrick's Day)

When cooking for St. Patrick's Day, why not add a German touch with some festive green spaetzle? Spaetzle is to Germans what pasta is to Italians. Spaetzle is an egg noodle that's popular in Europe, especially in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary. This spaetzle recipe gets its green color from spinach and is topped with a two-ingredient cheese sauce recipe.

Pureed spinach is mixed with water, flour, semolina flour, fresh minced or grated garlic and an egg. The low-calorie, low-sodium dough is pushed through a cheese grater or colander into boiling water. The spaetzle is done with it floats to the top. The two-ingredient cheese sauce is made with half and half and grated white cheddar cheese. The two are melted together in a saucepot until creamy. Such a simple side dish that's ready in about 30 minutes!

Crisp prosciutto or bacon (or corned beef!) would be a nice garnish for this spinach spaetzle. Serve this green recipe for St. Patrick's Day with chicken, pork or beef (corned beef or even sauerbraten). This is a fun recipe to make with the kids, too! This delicious vegetarian recipe makes a nice lunch or fun accompaniment to any dinner.

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Cuisine: German / European
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 3 cups packed, fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced fine or grated
  • 1 egg

Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup grated white cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)

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Recipe Notes

  • You can use white cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese to make the cheese sauce.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Put the spinach and water into a blender and blend until smooth. (You should have about 1 cup or pureed spinach.) Pour it into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add both flours, garlic and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Hold a cheese grater or a colander with large holes over a pot of boiling, salted water. With a spatula, push the spinach mixture through the holes and into the boiling water. Allow to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until they float to the top. Drain.
  4. For the cheese sauce, pour the half and half into a pot and simmer until it thickens. Remove from heat and add the cheese. Stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over the spaetzle.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 122

Total Fat: 1.2g

Saturated Fat: 0.3g

Cholesterol: 27mg

Sodium: 52mg

Total Carbohydrate: 22.9g

Dietary Fiber: 1.9g

Total Sugars: 0.4g

Protein: 5.3g

Vitamin D: 3mcg

Calcium: 68mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 340mg

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Elisa Schmitz
I'm in the land of Spaetzle right now. So good! Thanks for the recipe so I can make it when I'm back home.
Dieter Schmitz
I grew up on Spätzle! Meine Mutter kommt aus Schwaben, the Home to Spätzle in Germany.

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