Slurp-tastic egg noodles are easily (and inexpensively) made in your very own kitchen. Human beings have been rolling out pasta dough and enjoying noodly goodness for centuries. Michael Phelps, Olympic swimming wonderboy, eats two pounds of pasta every day. Dried pasta is a multi-billion dollar industry in America and entire sections of cooking supply stores are devoted to manufacturing and cooking pasta. Pasta has more accessories than Barbie! But let’s keep it simple! Homemade egg noodles are just a few eggs and a rolling pin away from being dinner!
Here’s what you are going to need to make your very own egg noodles:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or semolina flour
- 3 egg yolks and 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup milk or water
- 1 or 2 teaspoons salt
- bit of lemon zest and tablespoon of finely chopped fresh parsley or diced sundried tomatoes (optional)
Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and any add-ins you might have) and then add the eggs and milk/water. I use a fork. Not that you have to use a fork. Heck, you could use a wand from last year’s Halloween costume for all I know.
Would you look at that color? This batch of dough achieved its gorgeous color from the egg yolks which our backyard chickens produced. I’m so delighted to be able to say that I have my own chickens. In my world, it’s the same thing as saying, “I have a Louis Vitton purse.” Except that my chickens are far more beautiful than an overpriced designer bag.
Knead the dough until smooth (6 minutes or so) and then let it rest on a floured surface with your mixing bowl turned over it. Let it set for 10-15 minutes. This gives you time to do something constructive with your time like starting laundry, washing dishes, playing sudoku, or yodeling.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface using a floured rolling pin. Try to get it as thin as you can but don’t stress over it. Noodles are a lesson in imperfection. Now grab a knife or a pizza cutter/wheel and cut the dough into strips. You decide the size. Have fun with it! Use tiny cookie cutters and have your kids help. Or borrow your friend’s kids like I do!
Now, let the noodles dry a little while — like while you’re making the rest of the meal or cruising Facebook (not that I ever squander my time on social networking *insert sarcasm here*). Noodles may be dried for later use or frozen. They make for really lovely gifts. Stick them in a Mason jar (once dry), throw on a lid, tie a bow, and attach a little “made with love” tag for a terrific homemade gift. Voila!
To cook: Bring a kettle of salted water to boil and then add the pasta. Stir to keep the noodles from sticking together or to the bottom of the kettle. Once the water begins to boil again, cook until pasta is al dente (firm but cooked).