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Alternative namesKäsknöpfle
Place of originGermany
Region or stateAllgäu
Main ingredientsSpätzle, cheese, onions

Käsespätzle (German for "spätzle with cheese", also called käsknöpfle in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein) is a traditional dish of the German regions of Allgäu and Swabia, Vorarlberg, as well as Liechtenstein and Switzerland.


Hot spätzle and grated cheese, such as cheddar cheese, Emmentaler or granular cheese, are layered alternately and are finally decorated with fried onions. After adding each layer the käsespätzle is put into the oven until warmed and the cheese is melted.

Accompanying side dishes are green salads or potato salad. In Vorarlberg and also in Liechtenstein käsespätzle is usually served with apple sauce. Residuals of käsespätzle is fried with butter in a pan.

Regional specialities[edit]

Käsespätzle in pan.

In Swabia käsespätzle are prepared with Bergkäse or Emmental cheese, optionally with both. In Vorarlberg two different cheese varieties are dominating, so in Montafon the cooks use Montafon sour cheese and in Bregenz Forest they use Bergkäse and Räßkäse, a local hard cheese.[1]

Side dishes in Vorarlberg are butter and yellowly tarnished onion rings.[2]

Different variations are found with Limburger, Weisslacker or Vorarlberger Bergkäse.


A variation of käsespätzle are so called Kasnocken or Kasnockn coming from Salzburg[3] and Obersteiermark, both parts of Austria. These are fried in a pan. Grated cheese and spätzle, freshly scraped from a board, are mixed together and are heated in a pan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Haubenküche zum Beisl-Preis. 5-Euro-Rezepte von Österreichs besten Köchen. page 130: Vorarlberger Käsespätzle; Krenn, Wien 2005, ISBN 3-902351-67-5.
  2. ^ Franz Maier-Bruck: Das große Sacher-Kochbuch, Schuler Verlags GesmbH, Herrsching, licensed edition 1975, page 397 ISBN 3-88199-388-6
  3. ^ Ulli Hammerl. "Rezept Pinzgauer Kasnockn". SalzburgerLand Magazin. Retrieved 2016-12-09.