Brown Butter Pumpkin Spaetzle. If comfort food could get any more comforting, then this is it. These homemade dumplings are so easy to make and get an autumn update. Add the brown butter, and it’s a heavenly side dish for fall.
I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic this week. Partly because my little man celebrated a big birthday, turning the chapter on double digits. And partly because my daughter and I have been going through her memory box, reminiscing over her old drawings and writing.
Where have the last five years gone? I swear just yesterday I had a first grader and a preschooler…and a puppy. Did I mention that he turned five this week, too?
Even in the kitchen, I’ve been feeling nostalgic. I made my favorite noodles – it’s a must when there is a birthday in the family, but quite honestly, I was craving some comfort food. And I have been looking at some old posts. Something caught my eye.
Did you ever try my Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup?
I was grilling some pork chops the other night when I needed a hearty side dish – something a little different, but just as comforting as our usual suspects. I remembered the spaetzle and thought I would give it a little twist for fall. Pumpkin adds a touch of autumn, and when tossed in fragrant brown butter and garlic, it was irresistible. My dumpling-loving daughter even had it for breakfast the following morning. And I confess to wishing I had made a double batch. This version of spaetzle is one that we will pine for all season – thank goodness we’re just getting started on fall.
Note on spaetzle makers:
While you don’t necessarily need a spaetzle maker to make spaetzle (a colander also works), it makes quick work of the process, and frankly, when it comes to making homemade noodles, I’ll often reach for this before a pasta maker because it is so easy! I highly recommend getting a stainless steel spaetzle maker— my first one had a plastic hopper that melted from the heat. An all stainless steel kind will hold up better.
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Brown Butter Pumpkin Spaetzle
If comfort food could get any more comforting, then this is it. These homemade dumplings are so easy to make and get an autumn update. Add the brown butter, and it’s a heavenly side dish for fall.
Spaetzle adapted from Fresh Herb Spaetzle by Dorie Greenspan, Bon Appetit (March, 2006), via Epicurious.