Spätzle With Bacon And Onion


Spätzle with bacon and onion is a wonderfully savoury dish which you can have on the table within 20 minutes. Delicious and warming, it's ideal for colder days.

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Spätzle with bacon and onion

Spätzle is a type of pasta which is best known in Germany and Alsace (a region in France). The most well known combination is spätzle with bacon and onion.

You can also add grated cheese to this dish of spätzle with bacon and onion for a more filling meal. The type of bacon used impacts the flavour of the dish which is why smoked bacon is usually chosen for this recipe.

If you can't find fresh spätzle, you can use dried spätzle. You must cook this first, in a saucepan with plenty of boiling water and a pinch of salt, before you can add it to the frying pan.

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Published at 2023-10-16, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 20 minutes.

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Updated at: 24-10-2023

20 minutes 4 people Main course
Spätzle with bacon and onion


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  • 800 grams of fresh spätzle
  • 3 red onions
  • 200 grams of smoked bacon pieces/lardons
  • knob of butter
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: a few sprigs of parsley
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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • large frying pan
  • wooden spoon

Spätzle With Bacon And Onion

20 minutes 4 people Main course

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Making the spätzle with bacon and onion – 20 minutes

Peel the red onions and cut them into thin half moons. Heat a knob of butter in a large frying pan and sauté the red onion over a low heat until translucent and slightly caramelised.

Add the bacon pieces/lardons and fry until crispy.

Spätzle with bacon and onion
Spätzle with bacon and onion

Once the bacon and onion have become crispy, add the pasta. If you're using fresh spätzle, the dish will be ready very quickly. When using dried pasta, you must first cook it in plenty of boiling water with a pinch of salt.

Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy!

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Spätzle With Bacon And Onion: frequently asked questions

What is spätzle?

Spätzle (spaetzle) is a type of pasta from southern Germany, French Alsace, Switzerland, Austria and part of Italy.

Can I leave out the bacon?

For a vegetarian version, you can omit the bacon entirely. If so, you could add a little cheese to give the dish a more savoury flavour.