It's true: Homemade noodles take more time to prepare than store-bought. But they reward cooks (and their lucky guests) with fresher, richer, better-tasting noodles to serve with all kinds of dishes—pot roast, beef stroganoff, homemade beef and noodles, homemade chicken noodles, Swedish meatballs, braised meats, casseroles, and more. In fact, once you learn how to make noodles, you'll find all kinds of satisfying ways to enjoy them!
Homemade American Noodles vs. Other Pastas
Noodles come to the table in many countries around the world, like cellophane noodles in China, soba noodles in Japan, and the scores of pasta types and shapes available in Italy. What makes North American noodles (found in or served with classic comfort foods like chicken noodles) different than most other noodles is that they are often enriched with egg or egg yolks. They can be cut long or short, thick or thin, but—thanks to the egg quotient—they're among the richest noodles around.
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Rolling Pin or Pasta Machine?
The easiest way to get homemade noodles to the desired thickness (which is pretty thin!) is by passing the dough through a pasta machine, so if you are nuts about homemade noodles, you might want to invest in one. However, you can also use a rolling pin. It just takes a little more work.
This homemade noodles recipe from scratch will make enough egg noodles for five servings.
1. Gather the Ingredients
2. Mix the Dough
Tip: The dough will be sticky at this point. That's OK; it will become smooth as you knead it.
3. Knead the Dough
Tip: To knead dough, fold the dough and then push it with the heel of your hand. Turn the dough and repeat folding and pushing until the dough reaches a smooth and elastic consistency.
Tip: You can make the dough in advance to this point. Transfer the dough to an airtight container; freeze up to 3 months. Thaw completely in the refrigerator, then continue with the next step.
4. Roll the Dough
5. Cut the Noodles
6. To Store Cut Noodles
You can use homemade noodles whenever hot cooked noodles are called for. To substitute fresh homemade egg noodles for dried pasta in a recipe, use 6 to 8 ounces fresh for each 4 ounces dried called for in the recipe.
Tip: If serving your fresh homemade noodles recipe as a side dish, plan on 1-1/2 to 2 ounces for each side-dish serving. For main dishes, plan on 3 ounces fresh homemade egg noodles per serving.
Here's how to cook homemade egg noodles for serving and for adding to recipes.
Tip: Be sure to test often for doneness near the end of cooking time—fresh noodles can go from stiff to perfect to overly soft in a matter of seconds.
Once you've mastered our homemade noodles recipe, use your homemade egg noodles for chicken noodle soup, homemade chicken noodles, homemade beef and noodles, and more.
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