Total:
1 hr
Active:
35 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 6 yellow onions, skin left on, cut into quarters
  • 6 cloves garlic, skin left on
  • 1/3 stick salted butter, softened, plus 1/3 stick salted butter
  • 2 shallots, peeled, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 very large bunch flat-leaf parsley, stalks and all
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Handful chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme, oregano or basil
  • 1 cup grated parmesan or other mature hard cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the onions and unpeeled garlic skin-side down in a roasting tray. Roast until they are soft and golden, 30 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend together the 1/3 stick softened butter, shallots, salt, pepper, eggs and parsley into a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl and beat in the flour with a wooden spoon.

Place a colander over the simmering water. Pour in the batter and use a spatula to push the batter through the holes, making little dumplings.

Cook, 2 minutes, then drain through a clean colander. Peel off the skins from the onions and cut the roots off so the onions can be separated into petals.

Add the remaining 1/3 stick butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Melt, then lower the heat and add the chopped mixed herbs and onion petals.

Cut the hard ends off the roasted garlic cloves and squeeze the garlic out of its skins into the skillet, discarding the skins.

When the butter begins to brown, take the skillet off the heat and toss in the spaetzle. Season to taste and serve immediately with the cheese scattered on top. 

Cook's Note

Dried herbs can substitute for fresh, but use only 1 tablespoon total. The onions can be roasted in advance and heated in the pan with the butter.

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