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Picture this: a chilly evening, your favorite comfort food simmering on the stove, and the warm aroma of homemade egg noodles filling your kitchen.
This cozy scene isn’t just a figment of your imagination – it can be a reality, and I’m here to guide you through it.
You’re in for a treat if you haven’t tried making egg noodles from scratch.
The process is surprisingly simple, and the result is a delicious and satisfying side dish that will make your taste buds sing.
Homemade egg noodles have a timeless appeal reminiscent of the old-world kitchens of our ancestors. They’ve been a staple in many European cuisines for centuries, particularly in Italy, Germany, and Eastern Europe. Their versatility makes them a go-to ingredient for a wide range of dishes, from simple buttered noodles to hearty casseroles and soups.
Why You’ll Love It
Making your own egg noodles elevates any dish they’re part of. Their unique taste and texture are worlds apart from store-bought varieties, and you’ll appreciate the love and care that goes into every bite. Plus, there’s something undeniably satisfying about creating something delicious from scratch.
- Work on a cutting board: Making the noodles on a cutting board simplifies cleanup and gives you plenty of space to work with.
- Roll to your preference: Adjust the thickness of your noodles to suit your taste and the dish you’re preparing.
- Cutting board
- Rolling pin
- Knife or pasta cutter
- Large pot
Use your homemade egg noodles as a base for different dishes, such as stroganoff, chicken noodle soup, or simple butter and Parmesan cheese toss.
Feel free to experiment with different flours, such as whole wheat or gluten-free options. You can also try adding herbs or spices to the dough for a flavor twist.
All Your Noodle Questions Answered
Q: Can I make the dough ahead of time?
A: Absolutely! You can prepare the dough up to a day in advance. Just wrap it in a clean towel or plastic wrap and refrigerate it until needed.
Q: How do I store leftover cooked noodles?
A: Allow the noodles to cool, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in boiling water or a sauce, as microwaving may cause them to become mushy.
Q: Can I freeze uncooked noodles?
A: Yes, you can freeze uncooked noodles. First, allow them to air dry on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about an hour. Then, transfer the noodles to a freezer-safe container or bag, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Cook the noodles straight from the freezer, adding a minute or two to the cooking time.
Q: Can I use a pasta machine to make the noodles?
A: Definitely! You can roll out and cut the dough into even, uniform noodles if you have a pasta machine. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific machine.
Homemade Egg Noodles
- 2 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp cold water 1 – 2 additional tablespoons of water, as needed
- Dump flour onto a cutting board or other clean, flat surface. Sprinkle salt over flour.
- Make a well in the center of the flour mound. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, egg yolk and 1 tablespoon cold water. Pour into the well.
- Working from the outside in, cut the flour into the egg mixture until it’s completely incorporated and all the dough is moistened.
- With your hands, start working the dough together to form a ball. If it is not sticking together easily, add a bit more cold water as needed. Don’t add too much though. You want the dough to be stiff and not sticky. (You can do this up to a day ahead of when you need the noodles. Just wrap the ball in a clean towel or plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.)
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough to desired consistency. (I like a medium-thickness to my noodles usually.) Cut the dough into desired shapes or sizes.
- Add the noodles to a large pot of boiling, salted water and cook until the noodles are desired consistency. Medium thickness noodles will take about 5 to 7 minutes. Taste one to decide when they are done to your liking.