Have you heard of spaetzle? I hadn’t until very recently. We found some in the fresh pasta aisle of the supermarket in our recent trip to Brittany. This dish would work with any fresh pasta.
One of my favourite parts of being on holiday is exploring foreign supermarkets. Yes, self catering is also cheap, and the thought of spending all week chasing my toddler round restaurants doesn’t bear thinking about, but self catering can also be really fun. Here it is – Spaetzle d’Alsace – from Alsace, near Germany. I have no idea how authentic it was but it was certainly tasty, and different.
Whilst I love many of the ingredients available in France, I didn’t have the time to aim for authenticity. I spent our week in Brittany attempting to create quick and tasty meals from fresh ingredients- toddlers don’t wait for dinner when they’ve spent a long week sightseeing.
This dish really allows the sweetness of the vegetables to come out, because in my haste, I forgot I wouldn’t have my usual supplies. Our first foray to Carrefour resulted in precisely no seasoning ingredients. You could keep this simple – or add some garlic and herbs to liven it up. You could even add some chopped sausage or ham.
- 1 onion
- 1 aubergine (egg plant)
- 2 bell peppers
- 500g spaetzle or other fresh pasta
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- Cheese, to serve
- Dice the onion.
- Cut the aubergine into quarter slices.
- Dice the peppers.
- Fry the vegetables until they soften.
- Add the fresh pasta and another knob of butter.
- Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often
- Add the tinned tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes.
- Serve topped with sliced or grated cheese.