Spaetzle Style Pasta

Spaetzle Style Pasta
Spaetzle style pasta, gently sauteed with nut milk, salt, pepper and parsley to taste. Perfect!

Spaetzle style pasta is so much fun to make, super cheap and oh it tastes pillowy soft and delicious.

Spaetzle, is German for “little sparrow”, it is a German dish of tiny noodles or dumplings. Spaetzle is usually a side dish, much like potatoes or rice.

Spaetzle Style Pasta
Spaetzle Maker – phone around, look online, they are relatively cheap. The top part slides back and forth like a cheese grater of sorts.
Spaetzle Style Pasta
Here I am, sliding the container across the grater – the little pillows of dough drop right into the gently boiling water.

You will need a spaetzle maker and these can be purchased quite cheaply from most cookware stores. I phoned around, let my fingers do the walking, and when I found a store that had them went and got mine. They are kind of a modified grater. Easy to use and clean up.

Ok you gotta try this, come on let’s have some fun!

Spaetzle Style Pasta

Spaetzle Style Pasta
Little pillows of delicious pasta!

Spaetzle Style Pasta. I learned how to make Spaetzle style pasta as part of my plant based culinary program through Rouxbe. Check them out, what a wonderful time I had taking this program @ https://rouxbe.com/

Spaetzle Style Pasta
My Mis en Place – all my ingredients prepped before I start cooking. So much easier in the long run.

You will want to gather all your ingredients for the Spaetzle and have your ingredients for the sauce ready to go to. Once you get things going, the whole process moves pretty fast.

You could really get creative with many types of sauce and veggies to accompany the Spaetzle. I’ve included the simple recipe we learned through Rouxbe, delicious and easy for your first time making this pasta.

Let’s get our sauce ingredients ready and set aside for later.

What you will need for this simple sauce:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 t non-dairy vegan butter
  • 3 T fresh parsley, minced

Put these ingredients into individual bowls and set aside for later.

Ok let’s make our dough for the spaetzle pasta.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 ½ T egg replacer (can be purchased at most large grocery stores and health food stores)

    Spaetzle Style Pasta
    For this recipe the dry egg replacer from the store works best.
  • 4 T water
  • 1 t sea salt
  • ½ t baking power
  • 1 ½ c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c unsweetened soy milk

How to make your Spaetzle Style Pasta:

  1. Bring a big pot of salted water to boil. Set aside and be ready to re boil when you have your pasta mixture ready.
  2. Whisk together the egg replacer powder and the water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix together the salt, baking powder and the all-purpose flour. Stir till mixed well.
  4. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the soy milk, mixing slowly.
  5. Add the whisked egg replacer and water, whip quickly with a wooden spoon or whisk. You are trying to release and develop the gluten. This will take a few minutes. It will get a smooth and shiny texture on the outside when it is ready. Make sure you’ve got that smooth texture…kind of elastic too. Be patient.

    Spaetzle Style Pasta
    The batter is shiny and smooth and has a somewhat elasticy consistency.
  6. Once you’ve got the right texture, you are ready to make the spaetzle. I recommend wearing some type of protective oven mitts on your hands, just in case water splashes up on you.

    Spaetzle Style Pasta
    Wear gloves! It can get hot and water can splash.
  7. Bring the water back to a boil.
  8. Now, you will pour your batter into the bowl type thing at the top of the spaetzle maker while holding it over the gently boiling water. You will slide the top of the Spaetzle maker back and forth and the little dumplings/noodles will fall into the boiling water. Kind of like using a cheese grater.

    Spaetzle Style Pasta
    Like using a cheese grater for batter. This is kind of fun….well fun for me anyway!
  9. Boil  the dumplings/pasta for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to be sure they do not stick. The pasta is done when it all floats to the surface and they are cooked through. Tender, not mushy.

    Spaetzle Style Pasta
    Pasta is floating to the top – its done!
  10. Strain and toss with a tiny bit of oil till you are ready to eat.
  11. When ready, heat up your fry pan to medium high heat. Add the olive oil.

    Spaetzle Style Pasta
    Spaetzle pasta dumplings ready to eat!
  12. Stir in the pasta and finish to taste with salt, pepper, vegan butter, and parsley. You are ready to serve with a dish of your choice or as a meal by itself. OK, maybe a salad on the side would be good!

    Spaetzle Style Pasta
    Plated and ready to eat. Mmmmm I can taste it now.

*If storing for cooking later, toss with a bit of olive oil or non-dairy butter and store in the refrigerator.

Spaetzle Style Pasta

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