Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | | Nourish your family with a bowl of soup.

Simple Sundays | Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

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…

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | | Nourish your family with a bowl of soup.
Simple Sundays | Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | | Nourish your family with a bowl of soup.

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.

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | | Homemade Spaetzle is easy and fun!

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.

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.

Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | | There's nothing comforting than chicken soup with homemade dumplings.
Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup | | Nourish by the spoonful.

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Chicken and Herb Spaetzle Soup

Serves 4. | Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes

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.


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 teaspoon 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


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 didscard. 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.

Spaetzle recipe from Fresh Herb Spaetzle by Dorie Greenspan, Bon Appetit (March, 2006), via Epicurious.


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    Our beef stew in the crock pot is definitely ours. My kids devour it every single time so I have had to start making 2 crock pots of it now.

  2. Nicole Millheim

    Spaghetti. This recipes is five generations old and it means alot when we make it and eat it..all the memories of all us making it together too

  3. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)

    When everyone isn’t feeling well, its definitely my Chicken and Veggie Soup. Most other times, its my Chili — it was a recipe I got from my mom that I tweaked. whole family loves it and loves the smell of it cooking .

  4. Diane Cooper

    Pizza night means the most to me. About once every two weeks, my daughter, son in law, and three grandchildren come over and we make pizzas. The grandchildren get to personalize their pizzas and they have so much fun!

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    Must always use my grandmothers bowl when serving potato salad. It’s just not the same without it.

  6. Josephine

    Homemade Manicotti means the most to me. It means it’s a holiday and my family is all together. Food & Family, that’s what memories are made of.

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    Lasagna means the most to me.. its full of love and yummyness that my family loves!

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    We love making Lasagna at our house at least once a week.

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    homemade lasagna is my family’s fav and I put a lot of time and love into it

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    I like quinoa with vegetable and sausage or ground beef. The dish is similar to fried rice.

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    I love to try out new recipes on my family (6 kids and my hubby). While not everything is a success, it’s great to see them bite into something with exclamations of “Delicious!” My favorite “experiment” was Joe’s Special – a dish with loads of spinach and mushrooms. Not sure how they would react, I only made enough for one serving each. They were disappointed when they couldn’t have seconds. Now, years later I still make it since it’s one of the kids’ favorites. Surprise, surprise!

  12. David

    My favorite meals for our family are things like a pot pie or a casserole, primarily because it contains meats and vegetables, but the kids don’t realize how well balanced it is.


    My favorite dish is (Slovakian) stuffed cabbage; my mother used to make who got the recipe through her mother. It is made in a large roasting oven and cooked all night and all day.

  14. Jamie lockard

    Maybe it’s the fall weather, but it would have to be the traditional Thanksgiving meal…turkey, dressing, gravy, noodles, home-grown green beans…mmmm. That holiday has so much personal meaning to our family as we share fellowship and gratefulness. 

  15. Angella L

    I make a salsa skillet. It is full and warm. They love it especially on our cold winter days. It just gives them comfort and the full belly puts them to sleep ;)

  16. Nancy

    The dish that means the most to me when serving my family is meat loaf and mashed potatoes. It’s great comfort food!

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    I love our sunday snack all day kinda food. I put sweet/sour meatballs in crockpot, make seven layer salad, buffalo wings, cheese/crackers and we relax since it’s our only day off.

  18. Emily Ducatte

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  19. Jenna Wood

    Making food that nourishes the soul is most important to me- we like to try new things, they are always rustic an imperfect but put a smile on everyone’s face!

  20. Elicia P

    Pot Roast with veggies. My mom taught me how to make it. It reminds me of comfort and it has been carried onto my own family

  21. Taryn T.

    Waffles! I love sitting with the kids in the kitchen, and pouring the batter on the waffle maker. It smells delicious, everyone is happy, and we can have a bunch of different toppings. Great weekend family bonding time!

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