Schinkennudeln: The Comforting Embrace of Bavaria


Schinkennudeln, a rustic dish hailing from the heart of Bavaria, is the culinary equivalent of a comforting embrace. As the name suggests, Schinken (ham) and Nudeln (noodles) are the main characters in this wholesome tale of traditional German comfort food. But like any great story, it’s about more than just the main characters; it’s about the journey, the subtle nuances, the love, and care that transforms simple ingredients into a comforting melody of flavours.

The Origin Story

Nestled in the heart of Europe, Bavaria is a region steeped in tradition, its culinary heritage deeply rooted in its agrarian past. From the fertile soil sprung forth hearty grains and vegetables, while the rolling pastures provided an abundance of dairy and meat. It’s from these humble beginnings that the Schinkennudeln recipe was born. The dish was a simple and practical solution to the harsh winters, making use of readily available ingredients like ham, noodles, and cheese to create a meal that was not only filling but also deeply satisfying.

A Childhood Memory

This dish holds a special place in my heart, a nostalgic nod to my childhood, a time of simpler pleasures. Mutti would rustle up a piping hot bowl of Schinken noodle on cold winter days, or as a late-night meal, a dish that seemed to instantly drive away the chill and fill the home with an inviting aroma. It was more than just a dish; it was a bowl of warmth and comfort served with Mutti’s love.

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Mutti’s Schinkennudeln Recipe with a Twist


  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 8 ounces cooked ham, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • A handful of chives, chopped


1. Preparing the Noodles: Start by cooking the egg noodles in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. Sautéing the Ham and Onions: Melt the butter in a pan and sauté the onions and german ham until the onions become translucent and the ham crispy.

3. The Mixture: Beat the eggs and milk in a large bowl and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Now, add the cooked noodles, sautéed ham and onions, and half the cheese, ensuring everything gets a good coating of the egg and milk mixture.

4. Baking to Perfection: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and transfer the noodle mixture to a baking dish. Top it off with the remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

5. The Final Touch: Just before serving, sprinkle over the freshly chopped chives for a burst of color and freshness.

Schinkennudeln is more than just a dish; it’s a narrative that speaks of love, comfort, and a deep sense of home. The ingredients may be simple, but the memories it evokes are rich and deeply ingrained. It’s a reminder that food is more than sustenance. It’s a connection to our past, a link to our heritage, and, in this case, a love letter from a Mutti to her child. Guten Appetit!

Crunchy Schinken Noodle (German)

Knusprige Schinkennudeln einfach und himmlisch