Käsespätzle Recipe – Austrian Mac and Cheese

Käsespätzle Recipe – Austrian Mac and Cheese

Käsespätzle is a beloved Austrian vegetarian dish consisting of homemade egg noodles (spätzle) smothered in butter and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions and fresh herbs. Think mac and cheese elevated to a whole new comforting level. Country Number 10:...

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Austria is a mountainous land-locked country nestled in the heart of south-central Europe. Over 62% of the country is covered by the Alps and 40% is covered by forest, making it a popular destination for nature-lovers. The capital city of Vienna is known for its rich history and musical heritage. Filled with concert halls, beautiful historic buildings and iconic museums, the city was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001

Salzburg, Austria Riverfront

Quick Facts about Austria

Capital City: Vienna
Language: German
Currency: Euro (€)
Climate: Temperate alpine
Best Time to Visit: April- May, September- October
Fun fact: The largest ice cave in the world, extending for 42 kilometres, is found in Werfen, Austria.

Overview of Austrian Cuisine

Culinary influences: Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Croatia
Common ingredients: Quark, ham, mustard, cream, pickles, chives, bread
National dish of Austria: Tafelspitz (Boiled beef broth)

Käsespätzle Recipe | Austrian Mac and Cheese

Traditional Austrian Dishes

  • Käsespätzle- This is essentially Austria’s verison of Mac & Cheese. Little handmade egg noodles are covered in cheese (usually Emmenthal or gruyere), then topped with crispy onions and chives.
  • Kärntner Kasnudeln Cheese noodles originating from the region of Carinthia. These are essentially little pasta pockets, similar to ravioli, filled with cheese and potato and drizzled with butter or another sauce.
  • Asparagus– Believe it or not, this is one of Austria’s local delights. Come spring, you’ll find green and white asparagus prepared in many creative ways and served across the country.
  • AppleStrudel (Apfelstrudel)- This popular Austrian dessert consists of flaky pastry lined with apple filling spiced with cinnamon, sugar and raisins.
  • Kaiserschmarrn Served as dessert or a meal in itself, these are fluffy pancakes that have been shredded and topped with different jams, sweet sauces and caramelized fruit.
  • Sachertorte This cake is an icon of Austrian capital, Vienna. It’s essentially dense, chocolate sponge cake layered with apricot jam and topped with chocolate icing.


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I am on a mission to discover the BEST destinations & dishes from around the world. In fact, I’ve visited 54 countries and cooked 196 cuisines in this very pursuit. Whether it’s hopping on a plane or into the kitchen, come join the adventure!


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