It’s time for an egg custard meal you remember mainly from your childhood! Šunkofleky, Czech ham and noodle bake, a tummy-warming blend of pasta with smoked meat and plenty of eggs.
What Is Šunkofleky?
Šunkofleky (plural) is a popular Czech ham noodle casserole dish that is very easy to make. They are cooked pasta in a square shape, richly buttered, with diced smoked meat and eggs. The blend is then baked in the oven.
Baked šunkofleky are cut into pieces and can be garnished with parsley sprig. Pickles are traditionally served with šunkofleky.
I recorded a short audio clip on pronouncing the Czech word "šunkofleky" (ham and noodle casserole).
This recipe contains only basic ingredients, but the result is marvellous.
- Cooked Fleky-pasta; or any pasta you have on hand
- Piece of smoked bacon; will be cut into pieces
- Butter; for rich flavor
- Salt and pepper; to taste
And that’s all. Incredible, isn’t it?
Which Pasta Is Best for Šunkofleky?
Šunkofleky is made out of pasta, known in the Czech Republic as „fleky“ or „flíčky“. They are wide noodles cut in squares, and their name is contained in the dish’s name.
You can also use plain wide noodles or elbows pasta as well.
The egg custard finds the ins and outs, making for a compact finished product that doesn´t crumble while it´s served on the plate.
Meat For šunkofleky
Although šunkofleky could be translated as „ham and pasta, “the best meat to put into them is smoked meat.
A whole piece of bacon (not sliced) is ideal, which we’ll then dice. Cubed bacon is fried on a pan in a small layer of fat before adding it to the pasta, which pronounces the smoked meat's taste.
Šunkofleky aren’t baked for long. Noodles are already boiled and the meat is pre-fried. We need the eggs holding this meal together to be baked enough.
Šunkofleky are baked in an oven preheated to 350 °F (180 °C) without hot air circulation. They’re added to a well-buttered baking dish.
It takes about 20-30 minutes to bake them. It depends on the baking mold’s material and on the height of the layer of šunkofleky you’re baking.
For example, in my cast iron baking dish, it takes about 5-10 minutes more to bake them since cast iron takes a while to heat.
- The lower the layer of pasta, the quicker they’ll be finished.
- Šunkofleky are baked in a baking dish without a lid. I do not recommend turning hot air circulation on while banking since the surface of the pasta dries out and its top layer becomes hard.
🍲 More Czech dishes:
- Rajská omáčka - Czech sweet tomato gravy
- Smažený sýr - breaded and fried cheese (in Czech known as "smažák")
- Holandský řízek – Dutch or Holland Schnitzel (but typical Czech!)
Šunkofleky – Czech Ham and Pasta Casserole
- 1 lb (450 g) pasta fleky (widenoodles cut in squares, or simply wide noodles)
- 9 oz (250 g) bacon in one piece (half fat half lean)
- 8 whole eggs
- ½ stick (55 g) butter unsalted (some more to grease up the baking dish)
- parsley strig (to garnish)
- Grease the baking dish thoroughly with butter. I used a 9x12 inches cast iron casserole dish.
- Heat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C) without hot air circulation.
- Cook the pasta in salt water al dente, following the manufacture’s instructions.
- Meanwhile, dice the bacon into pieces about ½ inch in size and fry them in a pan with butter.
- Crack the eggs into a separate bowl, beat them gently with a fork, and flavor them with salt.
- Strain the pasta, put it into a larger bowl, and mix in butter, until it dissolves.
- Mix the still-hot pasta with fried bacon, flavor with salt and pepper, add eggs.
- Layer the pasta blend into the greased dish and bake for 30 minutes until the surface turns to gold.
- Let šunkofleky a bit cool down, cut in squares, and put it on the plate. Garnish with green parsley.
- Serve with pickles.
DISCLAIMER: Because I come from Central Europe, my recipes are based on metric units such as grams or milliliters. Check out how I convert metric units to the U.S. system:Conversion chart