German Spaetzle with Sauerkraut


I am from Germany and this was one of our favorite foods to make. Homemade authentic spaetzle with sauerkraut and breadcrumbs sauteed in butter. Delicious.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 8 large eggs

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can sauerkraut

  • ½ cup butter

  • 4 tablespoons plain bread crumbs


  1. Fill a large pot with water, add oil, and bring to a boil.

  2. Place flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Add salt, eggs, and water and beat the dough until smooth and bubbly. The dough should have a thick consistency. Fill a spaetzle press with the dough and squeeze into the boiling water (You may use a colander to push the dough through or a wooden cutting board and scrape dough little by little with a knife into the water).

  3. When the spaetzle float to the top of the pot, drain them. Place half of the spaetzle in a glass baking dish and add a layer of sauerkraut on top. Add another layer of spaetzle and sauerkraut. Cover the pan to keep the dish warm.

  4. In a separate pan melt the butter and add breadcrumbs just long enough to moisten them. Top the spaetzle with the breadcrumbs. Serve all layers together, or reheat the next day in a little bit of butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

604 Calories
25g Fat
74g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 604
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 289mg 96%
Sodium 1848mg 80%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 313mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.