Introduction: Spaghettieis - Ice Cream Spaghetti

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This instructable will show you how to make Spaghettieis - a cheerful preparation method to serve vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce.

I was wondering why there wasn't already an instructable about Spaghettieis - since this is a food hack right in the spirit of instructables. So I checked wikipedia and was pretty surprised to find out it is a typical German thing.
It was invented 1969 by the son of an Italian immigrant and owner of a gelateria in southern Germany. The inventors name is Dario Fontanella and he once had the brilliant idea to squeeze vanilla ice cream through a "Spätzlepresse" so it transforms into vermicular shapes.
(A Spätzlepresse is a kitchen device which is normally used to prepare the southern-German specialty "Spätzle", it is similar to a potato ricer.)

Dario Fontanella didn't patent his invention so it started to spread all over Germany. Spaghettieis is a real ice cream parlor staple you can get it in every gelateria here - you can even buy it as frozen convenient food at the supermarket. And of course Spaghettieis is especially popular with children : )

I love the story of the origin of Spaghettieis. It is a brilliant example of "fusion cuisine" - invented before this even was a term...

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

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You need:

- for the "spaghetti": vanilla ice cream - about 2 to 3 scoops per serving.

- for the "tomato sauce": strawberries and sugar or strawberry dessert sauce - I used 150g / a heaping cup of strawberries and 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (enough for about 4 servings) - or you use store bought strawberry sauce

- for the "parmesan": grated almonds / shredded coconut / grated white chocolate - half a teaspoon per serving

- the original recipe calls for whipped cream, which I didn't use - but highly recommend. About two scoops per serving.

carlos66ba had the brilliant idea to add some blueberries for mimicry meatballs. So if you want to make spaghetti with meatballs add blueberries to the "tomatoe sauce"!

And sabeena suggested another rather decadent meatball idea: top with unwrapped Ferrero Rocher : )


spätzle press or potato ricer (with circular holes)

If you make the strawberry sauce yourself you need: something to blend them and a sieve to separate the seeds.


No pasta machine required ; )

Step 2: Preparation and Tomatosauce Part 1

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The ricer should be cold for spaghetti production - so place it right beside your ice cream in the freezer.

I recommend to put the plates/bowls you'll use for serving as well into the freezer. The cooler they are the longer the spaghetti will stay in shape.

If you use store bought strawberry sauce, just place it in the fridge (and wait for at least half an hour to let the tools and ingredients cool) then continue with step 4.


If you make the strawberry sauce yourself: Cut them in small chunks, place them in a mixing bowl, add the sugar and stir well. Now wait for about ten minutes until the strawberries release some juice.

While waiting for the juices to release it's a good time to prepare the whipped cream. I couldn't find lactose free cream so I skipped this ingredient. As a consequence you won't see whipped cream in this ible. But you can follow this or this instructable to learn how to make it. I recommend to add rather less / no sugar to your whipped cream. Unsweetened whipped cream is a nice counterpart to the sweet ice cream...

When the cream is whipped let it chill in the fridge.

Step 3: Tomatosauce Part 2

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When the strawberries are nice and soggy blend them with your blender device.

Put the sauce through a fine sieve to separate the seeds - if it clogs up use a spoon an stir around.

Store the strawberry sauce in the fridge until the ice is prepared. (I really recommend chilling the sauce. When I made the ible I was impatient and very keen on eating spaghettieis and didn't wait - the room temperature strawberry sauce made the spaghetti melt pretty quickly...)


Clean the blender bowl by swiveling out with a splash of milk - mmh! a gratis sip of strawberry milkshake : )

Step 4: Pasta Production

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You can't really transfer the finished spaghetti so you have to press the ice cream directly into the bowl/plate in which you'll serve them. So take your frozen plates out of the freezer.

If you use whipped cream add it to your bowl/plate first. Just scoop one or two tablespoons in the center of your plate, it will be covered by spaghettis anyway.

Take your ricer / press out of the freezer and fill it with about three scoops of ice cream.

Press the ice cream through the press / ricer. (You might use a kitchen towel or a pot holder to touch the ricer, its quite cold...)

I had to push pretty hard to get the ice cream through the tiny holes of my spätzle press. If you own a ricer with interchangeable plates, choose a plate with rather big holes.

Step 5: Serving

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Scoop some strawberry sauce on top of your mimicry Pasta and drizzle with fake Parmesan (grated coconut/almonds/white chocolate) and serve.

If you serve this dessert to people who are not familiar with it you might get interesting reactions - Dario Fontanella, the inventor of this recipe, told in an interview: In the beginning, when spaghettieis was still a new thing, children sometimes started to cry when he brought them spaghettieis - Since they ordered a sundae they where rather disappointed about getting served a pasta dish... : )


So make yourself some Spaghettieis and have fun with this (against all odds typical German) ice cream!


porcupinemamma (author)2016-10-17

I have NEVER seen this before, and I am in awe! Thank you so very much for posting. I need to find a potato ricer ASAP, because your recipe is the bee's knees, and I am anxious to make your "spagetticream". So thoughtful of you to share this ! :)!

neuroamanita48 (author)2016-08-28

I lived in Germany when I was young, and I have a wonderful memory of the day we all walked through the woods to Ramstein village for this very dish. I thought it was both delicious and clever. Thanks for reminding me of those days! I always thought it would be excellent to serve on April Fool's Day (April 1st).

amyschlosser (author)2016-08-05

haha - yum!!

cupcakepopcorn234 (author)2016-08-01

3 letters; w o w

EricH180 (author)2016-06-22

I loved this as a kid. The Eiscafe in Speicher that I went to when we were stationed over there used small balls of chocolate ice cream for meatballs. Maybe the size of a melon baller.

The cloud 1808 (author)2016-03-31

omg you a genius

JudesJewels (author)2015-07-14

Goes to show how much we lack the finer things in North America - a staple in Germany but unheard of here. Definitely will be on my list of food projects for when I have friends over for a meal. I'll have to think what I can add to the strawberry sauce to look like the different veggies and mushrooms I add to my sayce. Really like the poster's idea (the very first comment you got) to serve spaghetti for supper and this for dessert. I can imagine the look on my guests' faces when I bring out more spaghetti for dessert! :D Couple it with drinks with your homemade lab specimens and it'll be perfect! My friends, knowing me well, wouldn't be surprised for long after the initial shock.

Since almost all my meals and breads are cooked from scratch, I already have a pasta attachment for my kitchen machine but no ricer (not fond of mashed potatoes), so I'll use that attachment instead. But I'll make sure that everything I use is put in the freezer for a couple of hours first.

Strangely, I'm not that fond of ice cream but I do love gelato, have a small ice cream maker and wI'll make it to use. Lots to prepare the day before guests come for supper but will be SO worth it. Thank you for your wonderful Instructables!

spunk (author)JudesJewels2015-07-16

If you try the pasta attachment please report back about the results!

I'd like to include the information in the instructable.

SnazzyBot (author)2014-07-07

That is awesome! How is it pronounced... do you say it like "spaghetti ice"?

spunk (author)SnazzyBot2014-07-08

Yes, you pronounce it just like spaghetti ice ;)

The German language allows to stick all kinds of words together to form a new one. Here's a funny video how we come up with some animal names

JudesJewels (author)spunk2015-07-14

What a great YouTube video! Thank you!!! I was so enchanted with it, I had to share it with my son. My grandma was German and she taught me some words and a couple of sing-song poems but so long ago, I only remember two poems and a few words. Some of the words for different animals I knew already but was delighted (and amused) with most of the others. German is a very logical language! Now I'm going to go to Google translate and see what other funny, but sensible (except for the 'ocean piglet'), animal names there are.

spunk (author)JudesJewels2015-07-16

: ) The video is funny to me as well. Beeing a native german I just used these words and didn't really think about their meaning...

container_gardener (author)2015-03-17

Thank you for sharing. I used to live in Germany, and this is one of the foods that I miss. Now I can eat spaghetti eis anytime I want.

starforest (author)2015-01-30

That looks like real spaghetti. Great job.

CatAuror19168 (author)2014-12-16

This is such an awesome and original idea!

lugnutt73 (author)2014-11-05

So now I miss being in Germany .... a lot.

sunshiine (author)2014-08-12

Hey spunk,

Congratulations on winning grand prize! Super awesome entry. Have a splendorous week!


spunk (author)sunshiine2014-08-12

Hey sunshiine!

Congrats to you too!

I'm super exited, and the pop maker will come to good use - there will be made pickle pops as soon as the maker arrives! ;)

Thederpyninja (author)2014-07-27

HOLY WOW I'm speechless! at first I thought it was really spaghetti! voted

spunk (author)Thederpyninja2014-07-28

:) Thank you!

Ninzerbean (author)2014-07-11

Strawberries are in season now and my 16 year old son is coming to visit - I am so excited to try this on him. I'm famous for my practice jokes. Thank you so very much for what will be a delicious joke. A great place to pick up these old potato ricers is at antique stores. The older the better as they used to be made quite sturdy. eBay is an option as well.

You sure got my vote for the contest!

spunk (author)Ninzerbean2014-07-12

Yay! Go for it! :) I'd love to see a picture of your version!

If you can get fresh strawberries it's really worth the afford to make the sauce. I'm sure you'll like it ;)

Ninzerbean (author)spunk2014-07-15

Will do and will do. I'm on vacation so am having to scour antique shops for the ricer thing cause it's not like I would've thought to have brought mine w/ me.

spunk (author)Ninzerbean2014-07-15

You don't take your ricer with you when you go on holidays??? That's inexplicable to me! ;)

Good luck on the hunt!

sunshiine (author)2014-07-13

This is super fun! I bet the kids would love to at this! It looks pretty real to me. Thanks so much for sharing such a clever instructable. Looks like a grand prize entry to me.


spunk (author)sunshiine2014-07-13

Thank you sunshiine! I'm glad you like it!

They really look pretty realistic...............until they melt ;)

TheLacedAngel_TSMP (author)2014-07-12

Aw darn it, now I'm sad I got rid of my potato ricer. It was terrible for squishing potatoes, but now I want it back so I can try this!

spunk (author)TheLacedAngel_TSMP2014-07-13

Oh yea, I know what you're talking about. When I squish potatoes through the spätzlepress I have to push really hard as well. It helps a bit to overcook the potatoes - but it's still difficult.

My mothers press has slightly bigger holes and this make mashed potatoes production as well making spätzle much easier...

Florida Flyer (author)2014-07-12

I was stationed with the US Army in Erlangen, Germany in 1976 and the local ice cream shop off base made this style of ice cream. The owner put round chocolate pieces on top that looked like meatballs. Now, because of this I know how to make it myself. Thanks

spunk (author)Florida Flyer2014-07-13

Have fun with the "sweet" memory!

Snazzy_Girl_2003 (author)2014-07-12

Haha cute

pwagner6 (author)2014-07-11

Very awesome!

thejanis (author)2014-07-11

That is so cool!

Rhetorical_Save (author)2014-07-11

I love it! Its simple and its funny.

SAmich79 (author)2014-07-10

This is awesome........

SphericDirection (author)2014-07-08

Now I have two reasons to be on the lookout for a spätzle press. Ice cream spaghetti, and to make and try spätzle myself. Not the easiest thing to source down in rural Australia.

spunk (author)SphericDirection2014-07-08

You might get lucky looking for potato ricers. Many models resemble form and function of a spätzle press.

I'm born in Swabia and was raised on Spätzle - actually to such an extend I couldn't stand it anymore... - But after my rebellious teenage years they soon grew back to me ;) My favorite is Krauspätzle (sauerkraut and onions fried with spätzle).
And Käsespätzle (spätzle mixed with melted cheese and fried onions) are super delicious for everybody who's body tolerates lactose...

Good luck on your spätzlepress / potato ricer hunt!

Tail_wag (author)spunk2014-07-10

...and Knoepfle, yummmm....

spunk (author)Tail_wag2014-07-10

Haha! I think I should write an instructable about spätzle - There appeares to be some need for discussion ;) (There actually are already ibles on this topic, search for "spaetzle")

Knöpfle are my favourite shape of spätzle :)

jwagner16 (author)2014-07-10

Thank you so much for one of my fondest memories of Germany. I don't know what they do to ice cream there, but it is so very good.

spunk (author)jwagner162014-07-10

Many of the ice cream parlors in Germany are small family owned businesses, owned by people of Italian descent. I think all the credit belongs to them and their knowledge and labour.

carlos66ba (author)2014-07-09

I made it! My son loved it!!! I added some blueberries ("meatballs") and used grated white chocolate for the cheese. It was a blast. THANK YOU very much for sharing this wonderful idea.

spunk (author)carlos66ba2014-07-10

Oh that's brilliant!

The the blueberry-meatballs improvement is such a good idea! I'll include it in the ible ;) I'd love to see a picture..

carlos66ba (author)spunk2014-07-10

We ate it too fast! No time to take a picture :)

spunk (author)carlos66ba2014-07-10


sabeena (author)2014-07-10

OMG, I remember my Aunt and Uncle (Tante und Onkle) in Germany treated me to this ice cream when I was a kid. (add unwrapped Ferrero Rocher chocolate balls to look like meat balls)

There was also a version with vanilla ice cream patted flat and oval with a half of a peach on it (canned) to look like a fried egg served on a tiny frying pan.

AND yes, Spätzle is a typical German pasta. You can buy it in our local grocery store in the pasta section. Not known to be paired with tomato sauce, but with a gravy sauce such as "goulash".

spunk (author)sabeena2014-07-10

Ferrero Rocher are as well a great idea for "meatballs"!

I haven't heard about the fried egg sunny side up ice cream - It sounds great. You should write an instructable about it!!!

Kranke_Schwester (author)sabeena2014-07-10

Spätzle and tomato sauce are not uncommon. In the part of Schwaben (part of Germany where Spätzle are said to have originated) where I grew up Spätzle with tomato sauce and pan-fried Sauerkraut is quite popular (sounds strange tastes great ).

HollyHarken (author)2014-07-10

So you have pills to stop the lactose intolerance reaction? Here in the US we have a once a day pill or a chewable that you take before eating anything with lactose. I know this because I too am lactose intolerant.

Great Instructible!!! I'll have to give it a try. I voted for you.

spunk (author)HollyHarken2014-07-10

Thank you!

These lactase pills are available here too, but I'm a little paranoid about the hole lactose thing. Lactose gives me amongst other things pretty bad mood swings and I don't feel like experimenting with it at the moment. But I might give it a try when I finished my final exams...

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