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Friday, August 5, 2011

German noodles (Spätzle) with spinach

We take a drive to Germany once in a while for a grocery store run. We go to three stores and stock up on things we love in Germany. One of those things is spaetzle (spätzle) which is a type of noodle. Here is a recipe for one of the ways I prepare these tasty noodles...

German spätzle with spinach
approx. 150g / 1/3lb. spaetzle or a thick egg noodle
olive oil
2 onions, roughly chopped
500g / 1lb. fresh spinach
1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs
1/2 cup grated parmasan cheese
3 tablespoons cream
salt and pepper
parmasan flakes

Cook the noodles according to the package. You can use another egg noodle if you cannot get spaetzle. Chop up the onions and fry them in a little olive oil until they start to turn glassy. Start adding the well rinsed spinach with the onions. Once all the spinach is cooked (wilted) drain the pan well. Spinach releases a great deal of water when cooked. Add the herbs, salt and pepper to the spinach mixture.

Drain the noodles and add to the spinach and onions.  Now add 3 tablespoons of cream (you can use half and half) and add the grated cheese mixing well to be sure the cheese spreads through the dish.

Top with parmasan flakes before serving.

** I served this with a marinated chicken that I buy at our butchers. You could serve this as a vegetarian dish or add any meat you like. Sprinkled with crispy bacon and parmasan is tasty if you do not want a piece of meat with the dinner. **

Bon appitit or eet smakelijk (as we say in Holland)!


littlebit said...

Hi Heidi!
My mouth is watering, looking at the food. Yummy! We were stationed in Germany and loved the local food. My daughter's mother-in-law was (I saw "was" because she passed away last year) German, so she taught Paulette all about cooking German. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought I had your Email address..I don't have a full picture of that particular table runner, but I have another one from the same fabrics, just quilted different..Email me if you want me to send it to ya. Have a great weekend!

Jenny said...

Dear Heidi,
I love your new blog! I was wondering what to have for dinner....no more! You have some great ideas. One of my dear friends was stationed in France for awhile and they would always go into Germany to grocery shop. They loved the food there! Hope you have a nice quiet weekend filled with good food, good books, good company and some stitching that makes you happy. Hugs from CA.

Nancy said...

Hey, you just ruined (for me) those noodles and I LOVE them. I hateeeeeeeeeeee cooked spinach. Oh well, I know when I come you will make them the way I like them. Right, yep, I knew you would say that.