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Herbed Spaetzle and Spinach

These tiny dumplings are surprisingly easy to make.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1994


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch spinach (about 1 pound), washed thoroughly and stems removed


  1. Whisk together flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, nutmeg, and herbs in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat the milk, eggs, and 5 tablespoons olive oil. Whisk into flour mixture until smooth.

  2. In a large pot, bring 6 quarts of water to a boil; add 1 tablespoon salt. Fill a potato ricer fitted with a 1/4-inch-hole attachment with batter and push it through into the boiling water, or use a colander, pushing batter through with a rubber spatula. Cook spaetzle until it floats to the top, about 30 seconds. Drain spaetzle in colander.

  3. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add spinach and saute until it starts to wilt. Add spaetzle, season with salt and pepper, and cook until hot. Serve immediately.

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