Spaghettieis: German Spaghetti Ice Cream

Which came first: Spaghettieis or Spaghetti? It’s a question I often pose to myself… Spaghettieis always wins the argument by the way!



Ready In:

20 mins



Good For:



About this Recipe

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Summertime has officially arrived (yup, here in Kansas City, we skipped right over Spring yet again!), and so have hot, sunny days that are demanding cooling spoonfuls of ICE CREAM! I miss the days of visiting ice cream shops in Germany, at which you sit down to order sweet desserts and coffee and people watch. Oftentimes these visits would be the perfect escape from the heat after a shopping marathon in the city with my mom and sister. There are popular “camouflage” ice cream dishes in Germany, pretending to be something else, like pizza (my mom’s favorite) or spaghetti (my favorite). They sneakily make you wonder if you would have consumed more calories eating the savory ‘real’ item or the imposter version! 😉 Not that anyone is counting calories when eating ice cream though (that’s why I left the calorie info out for this post!).

Spaghetti Eis, or spaghetti ice cream, looks like pasta from a distance.. Of course it’s not quite pasta at all, but instead it’s a skillful assembly of vanilla ice cream pressed through a spätzle press, arranged over whipped cream, then topped off with strawberry sauce and grated white chocolate. I love the whipped cream underneath, which tends to freeze just slightly where it comes in contact with the ice cream – if you read my Windbeutel post, this is a similar kind of ecstasy – my absolute favorite part about eating this dish!

Spaghettieis has always had a special place in my heart! Please try this out on a hot summer night, imagine yourself among Roman ruins in Trier’s city center, and have it bring you one inch closer to Germany just for a couple of minutes until you can afford your plane ticket to go (please do that ASAP!). Watch the video below for when I appeared on live TV Channel 41 making Spaghettieis… I may have struggled a little more than I should have using the spätzle press :-D. Scroll down for the recipe.


Ingredients For Spaghettieis

Strawberry Sauce (purée until smooth):

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Whipped Cream (whisk with electric mixer until stiff):

  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Other Ingredients:

Needed Tools:


  • Freeze It: to keep the ice cream from melting as fast, make sure to freeze any serving dishes and your spätzle press!
  • Serve It Up: layer up your Spaghettieis in a martini glass for a super elegant and fun presentation that you guests will love! 

More German Summer Dessert Recipes

Frozen Strawberry Käsekuchen

Kalter Hund

Hamburger Grütze

Spaghettieis Essentials

Spaghettieis Step By Step Instructions

Step 1

Chill your spätzle press and ice cream serving dishes for at least 15 minutes in the freezer.

Step 2

Place 2 Tbsp of prepared whipped cream on the bottom of the plate.

Step 3

Fill your spätzle press with ice cream (I also like using coconut ice cream if you’re into it!), then press and create ‘spaghetti’ over the whipped cream.

Step 4

Pour some of the strawberry sauce over the ice cream. Then garnish with grated white chocolate (can also substitute coconut flakes), and mint leaves.

Step 5

Lasst es euch schmecken! (In short: Enjoy!)

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