“Ghackets und Hörnli” and Applesauce: a typically Swiss crowd-pleasing Pasta Dish


Ghackets und Hörnli is a classic dish from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, which almost everyone had served up several times during their childhood and – if you are like me – always greeted with joy. The dish consists of Hörnli, a Swiss pasta variant (in this recipe I used big Hörnli, but usually they are smaller) and a minced meat sauce – and it is traditionally served with a fresh apple sauce.

Ingredients (for 4 people):

Apple sauce:
800g apples, peeled, seeds taken out, cut into pieces
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar (optional, I omitted the sugar, the apples were sweet enough)

“Ghackets” / Minced meat sauce:
1 tbsp butter
approx. 600g beef, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1-2 carrots, chopped into small pieces
1-2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tin of chopped tomatoes (approx. 300g)
0.5 dl meat stock
1 dl red wine
Thyme, chopped (approx. 0.5 TL)
paprika, salt and pepper

approx. 400g Hörnli (or pasta of your choice)
Parmesan cheese, grated


Apple sauce:
Place the apple pieces with the lemon juice in a small pan. Cover and simmer at low heat for 15-20 minutes until apples are soft. Then puree with a blender and set aside until ready to serve.

“Ghackets” / Minced meat sauce:
Fry the onions and garlic in a little butter until translucent. Add the minced meat and fry for 2-4 minutes, add the carrots. Deglaze with red wine. Reduce heat, add tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, stock, thyme and paprika powder. Cover and let simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper – and serve.

Cook the pasta in salted water for 8-10 minutes al-dente. Drain and return to the pan with a little butter or olive oil.

Serve the pasta with minced meat sauce on top, sprinkle with grated cheese and serve the applesauce in a separate bowl.

Tip: If you serve the applesauce cold, you can also make it a day in advance and store it in the fridge.


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  1. Hi Mirjam, Lovely recipe, easy to make and so good. Thank you for being part of the Swiss Food Discovery project. The list of all Swiss recipes can we found on my blog. Have a great evening.

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