Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup served in a bowl with the word, “Nourish” around the rim.

Simple Sundays | Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup is simple comfort food. If you’ve never tried homemade spaetzle, you’ll love these easy mini dumplings!

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup served in a bowl with the word, “Nourish” around the rim.
Simple Sundays | Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup is simple comfort food. If you’ve never tried homemade spaetzle, you’ll love these easy mini dumplings!

Disclosure: This post was originally made possible by The Pampered Chef. All opinions are my own. There are affiliate links in this post (see my Privacy Policy & Disclosure).

Chicken Spaetzle Soup served in a bowl with the word, “Nourish” around the rim.

Our kitchen table is round, the wood showing little nicks of wear and tear from years of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, not to mention toys and textbooks and homework and projects of all kinds. It’s been well used and well loved, and even the chairs have been replaced over the years. But the table remains, and I am constantly tidying up, reminding the children to bring their toys upstairs and clear books off the table.

It’s when the table is cleared and set for dinner that I can finally relax. Knowing that we, as a family, can gather around the table for dinner is more important than my kids realize. It is the reason I won’t allow our schedules to be overrun by activities and sports, it’s the reason I always want to be home by the dinner hour.

I know how fortunate we are to know that there will be a meal, every single night. I always say a prayer of thanks that there is food on the table, whether it is a simple sandwich or an elaborate roast. With 1 in 6 Americans facing hunger today, it can be quite sobering.

When I learned about The Pampered Chef’s Round-Up from the Heart Campaign, I wanted to get involved. Since 1991, the campaign encourages their guests to “round-up” their product orders to the nearest dollar or more, and funds are distributed to Feeding America. Since the program’s inception, over $24 million has been contributed.

Eggs in a glass cup with the shells discarded.

Nourish. This word is printed on the new Round-Up from the Heart Soup Bowls. For each limited edition bowl purchased, the Pampered Chef contributes $2 to Feeding America.

I thought about what I would want to serve in these bowls, and I knew right away that it would have to be Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup. Please visit The Pampered Chef for more information on Round-Up from the Heart and consider supporting this worthy cause.

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup Recipe

Homemade spaetzle – have you ever tried it? My daughter fell in love with these miniature dumplings when we ate at an old German restaurant in San Francisco a couple of years ago, and she has been begging me to make it ever since. Part of her love for spaetzle is surely a bit of pride for her heritage, but the other part is the fact that it is impossible for a child to dislike a dumpling! For me, spaetzle is comfort food, and in a chicken soup, I can’t think of anything more comforting on a chilly autumn day.

Making homemade spaetzle is perhaps just as fun as eating it, and surprisingly easy. If you don’t have a spaetzle maker, do not fret. A colander works, or even a box grater with 1/4 inch holes. Part of the fun is that they don’t look perfect, even if they taste perfect.

A large pot of chicken soup with homemade spaetzle.

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup served in a bowl with the word, “Nourish” around the rim.

 

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Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

Chickenand Herb Spaetzle Soup is simple comfort food. If you've never tried making homemade spaetzle, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. It’s easy! And fun. And the whole family will love it.
Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine German
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 715kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons fresh herbs e.g. thyme, parsley, etc, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 carrots finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery finely diced
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 1/2 onion skin on
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Make the spaetzle dough by whisking together the flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, beat the eggs with the milk until well combined. Add the egg mixture to the flour, and using a wooden spoon or spatula, gently stir together until you have a sticky dough. Stir in 3 teaspoons of the fresh herbs. Let it sit in the refrigerator while you start the soup. This can even be done the night before.
  • Start the soup: In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots and celery and cook, 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, chicken breast and onion, bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is poached. Remove the onion and discard. Take the chicken out of the pot, and when it has cooled slightly, remove the bone and skin and discard. Shred the chicken and return to the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Using a spaetzle maker or colander, pass the dough through the holes and drop it into the water. The dumplings will cook quickly and float to the top. Use a slotted spoon to retrieve the spaetzle and transfer it to the soup. If you wish, you can also drop the spaetzle directly into the soup pot. Stir in the remaining teaspoon fresh herbs. Serve the soup immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 1427mg | Potassium: 1073mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 7985IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. Andrea

    I have made this recipe several times and it’s always a hit! I do dice the onion and leave it in, but that’s the only change I make. Delicious, easy, comfort food. Yum!

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  2. suzanna koizumi

    Why discard the onion? Onions are nutious and food is a gift grom God.

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    • Liren Baker

      Hi Suzanna, when I include the onion to make the soup, I include the skin to add flavor and color to the broth, so I discard it. But by all means, you are right, it onion adds flavor, so if you prefer, you can peel and dice the onion and leave it in the soup!

      Reply
  3. catherine mack

    Recipe means most to my family is Fried catfish with my own breading, mashed potatoes and honey carrots.
    Cooking for my family and all of us eating together is greatest thing a family can share.

    Reply
  4. Desiree H

    Trying to make the healthier, lighter meals for my kids. I try to incorporate meat and veggies, etc. 

    Reply
  5. Fiona N

    For my family, just steamed rice. vegetable soups, and stewed beef with curry recipes mean the most!
    Thank You for the great giveaway

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  6. Meena R

    Freshly baked sourdough bread is the dish that means the most to me because it’s a tradition that was passed down in my family. The entire process-from the mixing to the eating-this has been a huge part of keeping up tradition in my family. 

    Reply
  7. Birdiebee

    Homemade pizza as it has been a tradition that has been passed down through the ggenerations.  We take time as a family to make then eat the pizza together.  

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  8. debbie

    There are so few dishes I make that my entire family of 6 will eat.  I would have to say that I struggled for years to make a great biscuit and I can finally do that every time.  That’s a definite crowd pleaser.

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  9. Shannon F

    Chicken and dumplings. I used my mom’s recipe and its all from scratch, even the noodles! All of my kids love it and it just means a lot to me to be able to make it for my family!

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  10. laurie brown

    Roast,potatoes and carrots that we shared every weekend as a family when my parents were still alive

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  11. Stacy D.

    My husband, son and I love making home made pizza’s together. It’s fun and I love the time we spend together making it! 

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  12. Heather R

    big family meals with things brought in from everyone, like on holidays and special occasions!  there are always old favorites (like my mom’s or my gramma’s stuffing) and new things to try!

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  13. Ashley C

    Baked potato soup. It takes a lot of work, but it’s such a hearty meal and we all love to eat it year round :)

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  14. Gabrielle Lynn O'Brien

    I make this really special Mac and Cheese that my family really enjoys. I lean red the recipe from my grandmother. 

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  15. Stephanie O'Day

    I love a good chicken and rice casserole, with crescent rolls and a light cinnamon butter on top. I want something to be a filling, feel good, comforting meal for my family! I want them to remember the feeling of being around the table eating with the family when they get older. 

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  16. Jenny

    The most meaningful meal I make for my family is my grandma’s pork chop casserole.

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  17. Leigh Anne Borders

    The thing that means the most to me is my grandmother’s chicken noodle soup recipe.  She made it for us when we were sick and now I carry on the tradition by making it for my loved ones.

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  18. Karen

    My grandmother’s lasagna recipe brings the family together and I always remember how I used to help my grandmother make the special mearl.

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  19. Katie Bellamy

    I love feeding my family my Gramma’s pasta sauce recipe.  Can’t go wrong with Grams Spaghetti!

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