This Cheesy Spaetzle Casserole Recipe With Spinach & Bacon Is Like German Macaroni & Cheese by 30Seconds Food

This Cheesy Spaetzle Casserole Recipe With Spinach & Bacon Is Like German Macaroni & Cheese

It's Oktoberfest season, and that means spaetzle. This homemade spaetzle recipe is combined with spinach, cheese and bacon to create what some may call a German macaroni and cheese recipe. Whatever you want to call this dinner recipe, it's delicious!

Here's your easy shopping list for this yummy casserole recipe: flour, nutmeg, salt, pepper, eggs, milk, butter, onion, baby spinach, cheese and bacon. You make the spaetzle dough, mix it with the vegetables, bacon and cheese, then bake it until it's golden brown.

This cheesy spaetzle casserole recipe is a perfect side dish, but you also can serve it as a main dish for dinner or lunch. Make one to celebrate Oktoberfest this year! 

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Cuisine: German / American
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes for dough to rest
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bag (5 ounces) baby spinach
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere, white cheddar, mozzarella or your favorite cheese (divided)
  • 3 - 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

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Recipe Notes

  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free flour. 
  • Use your favorite cheese in this recipe: Gruyere, white cheddar and mozzarella all work well.
  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to four days.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the beaten eggs and mix well. Slowly add the milk until smooth. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes. 
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Press the spaetzle dough through the holes of a colander into the boiling water. Cook until the spaetzle floats to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. 
  4. Add 1 cup of the cheese and the cooked onions and spinach. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish. Top with the remaining cheese and bacon. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 271

Total Fat: 20.2g

Saturated Fat: 11.3g

Cholesterol: 115mg

Sodium: 641mg

Total Carbohydrate: 9.1g

Dietary Fiber: 0.9g

Total Sugars: 1.5g

Protein: 13.7g

Vitamin D: 13mcg

Calcium: 251mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 226mg

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German Mac n cheese? Yes please! 😋
This looks just amazing...
Elisa Schmitz
Spaetzle is such a classic German dish. Love this variation, thank you! #yum

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