How To Make Homemade Noodles Simple and Easy
Homemade Noodle Soup
Pretty Darn Good Noodles
or Aunt Weezer’s Midwestern Mighty Good Tasting Noodles
In every family there is one person who made the very best of something. In my family the best noodle maker was my Aunt Louise. Aunt Louise was my Mom’s older sister.
Did you appreciate the family specialties when you were a child? For the most part I did not. I just assumed that those Aunts and Uncles would always be there as would the foods they so lovingly and expertly made. Each winter holiday, Aunt Louse would be tapped to make the homemade noodles that would be boiled in the turkey broth. These noodles were served over mashed potatoes.
Later I learned that serving homemade noodles over mashed potatoes was not ubiquitous in other regions in the United States. Well, in the Great Midwest, we served our noodles over mashed potatoes just like you would gravy. And to this day that is how I like them even though I realize it is a carbohydrate over load and that I do not work out in the fields or hand wash the clothes in a wringer washer! That is how they could eat so many calories, they needed them! So, alas, I now use these noodles in my Turkey Noodle Soup.
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As a young woman I began to appreciate these special foods. I realized that the Turkey Tetrazzini made at my college (where good food was generally served) was made with inferior noodles. I also was very disappointed with canned chicken and noodle soups.
That is when I decided to pay attention to how Aunt Louise made those noodles. I can remember standing at her side at two family events and trying to understand how she created these luscious noodles.
DO NOT LET THE COOK TIME SCARE YOU! THE TIME IS MOSTLY WHEN THE NOODLES ARE RESTING. THE WORK IS ABOUT 20 MINUTES AT THE MOST!!
- 3/4 C. all purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 T. water
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. oil
- 1 1/2 quart chicken broth
Begin the Mix
Working the Dough Early Stages
Rolling the Dough
Rolling the dough
Cutting the Noodles
Drying the Noodles
Cooking the Noodles
Simpler than it looks!
- Place the flour in a bowl and make a well in the center.
- Gently mix the water, salt and oil in a smaller bowl and then slide into the well of the flour
- Have sitting to the side your flour canister with a long handled clean spoon in the flour
- Mix, with your hands the flour, water, salt, and oil
- It will move from a sticky mess to a smooth ball. You may need to add a touch more flour and that is why you have the flour canister with spoon in it at hand.
- Kneed this ball of noodle dough for about 10 minutes Yep, that long
- Let it sit in a warm place under a clean dish towel for one hour to rest
- Flour a clean dry surface and begin rolling out the dough. Roll it as thin as you can without pulling holes in the dough.
- Roll the dough up and slice the noodles
- Gently toss these noodles with some more flour and let sit for about 20 minutes to dry
- Plunge noodles in the boiling broth and reduce the temperature to a simmer. Cook for another 20 minutes at a simmer. Taste to make sure they are done. Cook longer if needed. Note: you can buy canned broth or boil the left over bones from that grocery store rotisserie chicken to make your own broth. When boiling your own, do skim off much of the fat, leave some in the soup for taste.
- Serve with salt and pepper.
Notes on Homemade noodles
You will not need many ingredients to make these noodles. However, you will need to be patient in order to let the noodles rest between stages of preparation. Don't let the time it takes to make these noodles stop you from making the noodles. Most of the time is 'resting' time and does not involve your hard labor!
Also, Aunt Louise did not use measurements when she made her noodles. She used the egg shell as her measuring spoons and cups! I have approximated the measurements here.
Now you know how to make Aunt Weezer’s Midwestern Mighty Good Tasting Noodles.
The first serving should be pure with only salt and pepper to taste. This is a classic comfort food that you can make for your family.
This soup may be frozen. You may also vary the flavors by adding a teaspoon of curry or some green chiles to leftover soup.
Please note that this recipe would also make excellent lasagna noodles too! Just cut them wider.