Green Knoepfli And Spaetzli (grüne Knöpfli und Spätzli)

My family loves Knoepfli, and I love them because they’re so versatile. While my basic recipe for Knoepfli (and Spaetzli) can be used for all kinds of dishes, I also love this version with baby spinach and quark; they’re wonderfully green and have the added benefit of some spinach goodness.

Recipe by Betty Bossi


Recipe for 4 people

  • 150g (5.2 oz) baby spinach
  • 150g (5.2 oz) Rahmquark (substitutes: normal quark or mascarpone)
  • 2 fresh eggs
  • 300g Knöpflimehl (2 cups) or plain white flour (2.5 cups)
  • 1 tsp salt


Blend the spinach with the Rahmquark and the eggs. If you use mascarpone instead of quark you might need to add a dash of milk to make it more liquidy.

Add the flour and salt and mix until combined. Let mixture rest for 10 minutes.

In a pan, bring 2-3 litres of water and a little salt to the boil. Once the water is boiling, press dough through a Knoepfli sieve and cook for 3-5 minutes. Drain Knoepfli, add some butter, let it melt and mix.


13 thoughts on “Green Knoepfli And Spaetzli (grüne Knöpfli und Spätzli)”

  1. Pingback: The Wonderful World of Knöpfli and Spätzli - Family Matters Switzerland

    1. Little Zurich Kitchen

      Hi Emma, thanks for your comment. Yes you’re right but we have to differentiate between food origin and tradition. This blog is about Swiss food traditions, not food origins. Spätzli have been eaten in Switzerland for hundreds of years, which means it is a traditional food here in Switzerland, as it is in many other central European countries.

  2. Thanks for posting this recipe! I’ve made it quite a few times now, because it’s an easy way of getting something green into my toddler 🙂
    I live in Australia, so we don’t have a proper Knoepfli sieve. I’ve found that a cheap metal pizza tray (with large holes) works well, scraping the dough through with a flat-edged wooden spoon.

    1. Little Zurich Kitchen

      That’s great to hear! Yes it’s a great way to get some vegetables into kids 😉 the pizza tray is an ingenious idea, thanks so much for sharing!

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