Käsespätzle is a traditional German cheese dish, and is everything great comfort food should be. It is, in essence, German mac and cheese with layers of Spätzle, caramelised onion and cheese all baked in the oven for a crisp finish.

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C Fan / 400°F / Gas Mark 6
  • Using a large pot, melt the butter on a medium heat
  • Add the onion and begin frying them, adding a little sugar and salt to help caramelise
  • Stir until they’re nice and brown then set aside
  • Follow the packet instructions to prepare the Spätzle. If you’re feeling adventurous there’s an excellent recipe for making your own Spätzle here.
  • Grease a casserole dish
  • Place a third of the Spätzle in the bottom of the dish, followed by a layer of cheese and a layer of onions
  • Season each layer and keep layering until all the ingredients have been used up
  • The final layer should be onion
  • Place in the oven for around 10 minutes, until the cheese has started to go brown and crispy
  • Serve with a sprinkle of chopped parsley

Käsespätzle is often served with a simple green salad and potato salad.

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