Have you ever tried to make homemade noodles? They are amazing, especially in soups and casseroles. Their thicker, denser texture really gives you something to chew.
My mom is amazing at making homemade noodles. I'm working on it, although I can't claim "amazing" just yet. As mom always said, it takes a bit of practice to figure out exactly how dense the dough needs to be and to cut those noodles consistently thin. But, even if you aren't perfect at it, making homemade noodles will never fail to impress your customers and liven up any meal.
To make homemade noodles, mix together flour, eggs, and salt. My mom swears by using jumbo eggs - anything smaller just doesn't cut it!
Use your fingers to knead the dough until rubbery. In other words, it should spring back like elastic when it's touched. You'll have to knead it a lot!
Using a rolling pin and a floured surface, roll the dough out very, very thin. This is where you gain a lot of upper body strength, let me tell you. Making your own noodles isn't just economical - it's a workout!
Roll up the thin dough into a long log.
Using a sharp knife (I think serrated knives work best), cut the log into thin strips. Immediately begin loosening and separating the noodles, otherwise they'll get suck in the log shape.
Lay out your noodles on the counter and let them dry a bit. Actually, mom never does this. She just throws them straight in the pot. But, I've always heard that you should let them dry, so I do it. I generally leave them sitting for 30 minutes to an hour while I get the rest of dinner ready.
Add noodles to boiling water or broth or soup - basically, add them to boiling liquid! Boil for about 10-20 minutes or until tender (a lot of that will depend on how thin you made them). Enjoy!
Rustic Homemade Noodles
- 2 cups flour
- 3 jumbo eggs
- 1 t. salt
Mix above ingredients together. Knead dough until rubbery (springs back when touched). Knead a lot! Using a rolling pin and a floured surface, roll the dough out very thing. Roll up the thin dough into a log. Using a sharp knife, cut into thin strips. Immediately loosen the noodles. Add to boiling water or broth and cook for 10-20 minutes, or until tender.