ARLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) From the package to the pan in a minute and-a-half -- not only is this German noodle the foundation for a five-minute meal, it's gluten free, and of course, Made in Vermont.
It's a train tour through Marty Irion's heritage, right in his backyard. "A little bit of Austria, Switzerland, Germany -- kind of combination. It's just a lot of neat things," Irion said.
Irion moved to the U.S. at a very early age, but he often goes back to Germany for family and food. "My favorite meals were wiener schnitzel or some sort of a schnitzel with spätzle. We look forward to it so much," Irion said.
Spätzle is an egg noodle dish that traditionally contains gluten. "It's a blank canvas for anything you want to do," Irion said.
Eight years ago, Irion's wife, Julz, could no longer eat gluten for health reasons. But just last year, after months and months of experimenting, she figured out how to make a gluten-free spätzle.
"We basically sat down and had it for dinner and I said, it was my Facebook post that said, it's the birth of the Vermont Spätzle Company," Julz said.
Not only is the spätzle gluten and GMO free, it's a no-boil pasta that goes from the package into the pan -- done in 90 seconds.
"I think a lot of people are expecting it to be heavy and dense -- mushy -- but it's none of those things," Julz said.
Julz and Marty built a space in Arlington in May of last year. It's about 135-square feet and they really fell into some good luck when it came to equipment. The sinks came from a tattoo parlor and they just happened to come across a refrigerator in the break room of an appliance store.
Marty Irion: We've been in Arlington for how long?
Julz Irion: Twenty-two years.
Marty Irion: And it's a wonderful community.
The Vermont Spätzle Company can be found in co-ops across the state and in the Albany and Schenectady, New York, areas. A 12-ounce package costs about $6. In just a few days, they'll be putting on the Lederhosen and putting out the Spätzle during Burlington's Oktoberfest.
"We are having so much fun meeting new people and sharing what we do," Irion said.
The Irion's goal is to sell their spätzle across the country, with the hopes that one day...
"Maybe one of these restaurants out here is serving our spätzle," Irion said.
Irion's home countries will hop aboard the Vermont Spätzle Company express.