Schinkennudeln (German Pasta with Ham and Eggs)

Schinkennudeln Makes A Super Tasty And Filling Pasta Dish!

If you want an easy dish that fills you up, check out Schinkennudeln! This is a classic German dish (pasta with fried ham and egg) that Lisa grew up eating as a kid. In fact, it’s a dish that lots of Germans know from their childhood!

Lisa’s grandma taught her how to cook this recipe when she was a kid. She would go to the monthly farmers’ markets to get a special “Schinkennudeln” spice. Unfortunately, we don’t remember exactly what was in that spice mix – just that it very tasty and made quite the difference to the dish.

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Schinkennudeln is so simple to make – but so good!

Not to fear, however, as this recipe is also delicious without the “special spice”. The recipe below is pretty much the recipe that Lisa grew up with – and includes the slight modifications made over the years!

Schinkennudeln is definitely a quick dinner recipe. The first time Lisa made it for Eric, he absolutely loved it! Ideally, you should eat it with a side salad – like a cucumber salad – as it can be quite dry on its own. You can counter this by adding in some grated cheese – but this is definitely optional. After all, this dish isn’t cheese spaetzle! To top it off, you can also add a garnish like chives or parsley.

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Schinkennudeln goes great with chives but you can also garnish with parsley!

As for other modifications to this recipe, you can skip the breadcrumbs as they will make the pasta drier. We use breadcrumbs because it was always in Schinkennudeln when Lisa’s grandma made it for her. That said, there are actually quite a few different recipe variations for Schinkennudeln: some include egg while others don’t, some include milk/cream while others don’t.

In any case, Schinkennudeln is a delicious (and not really healthy) dish that could be considered a German comfort food. So, we hope you enjoy our version of Schinkennudeln!

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Schinkennudeln (German Pasta with Ham and Eggs)

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Schinkennudeln is a delicious and hearty pasta dish that is sure to fill you up. Made simply from fusilli noodles, fried ham, and eggs, it's considered a German comfort food that is perfect as is or with added cheese and/or garnishes!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of dry spiral pasta (called fusilli)
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked ham, cut into 1/4 squares
  • 4 medium-sized eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter for frying
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (optional)
  • strong cheese, e.g. Emmental (optional)
  • chives or parsley to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook your pasta according to package directions until they are al dente. Then drain the noodles and set them aside.
  2. In a large pan with tall sides, heat the butter. Add the chopped onion once the butter has melted and sauté it for a couple of minutes until translucent.
  3. Add the thinly sliced ham pieces and them fry for a few minutes. Then add the cooked pasta and mix everything together. Spice with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Crack your eggs in a small bowl and whisk them briefly with a fork. Pour them over the pasta and fry everything on medium heat until the eggs have cooked while stirring frequently.
  5. Once the eggs have cooked and no liquid egg remains, remove the pan from heat, add the breadcrumbs (optional), and more salt and/or pepper to taste. Give everything a good mix once again. Optional: You can mix in some grated Emmental cheese.
  6. You can garnish the Schinkennudeln with cut up chives or parsley before serving (optional).

Notes

  • A nice addition to this dish is a fresh salad.
  • If you don't have fusilli pasta, other short pasta will also work. However, the nice part about the spiral pasta is that the spirals allow lots of the good stuff (ham/onions/egg) to get stuck to it.
  • Breadcrumbs are something that my (Lisa) grandma always added to Schinkennudeln so it's something that we always include as well. However, it does make the dish even more dry than it already is so you can certainly leave them out if you wish!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 678mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 23g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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