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How to Make Homemade Noodles

Updated on November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving is coming up fast and I have wonderful memories of my mother making homemade noodles for Thanksgiving Dinner every year so I thought I would share with you just how to make homemade noodles.

When I grew up I succumbed to the ease of store bought and packaged everything including noodles, who had time to make homemade anything? I was busy working, raising my son and running a business. It wasn't until later in life when I started noticing that so many packaged foods had ingredients in them that were a complete mystery to me. Therefore, I decided to do away with as much packaged, store bought foods as I possibly could. One of the items that I decided to stop buying was packaged noodles. My mother's homemade noodles always tasted a million times better than anything in a package anyway. With all the chemical crap they put in our food these days I would encourage you to do the same. It usually doesn't take much more of an effort to make homemade items from scratch as opposed to packaged and it's almost always much cheaper and the taste is far superior. Moreover, as the video shows below, processed foods do not digest well. The video below shows how long it takes for processed noodles to break down in your stomach as compared to homemade noodles. Who knows what else they do to wreak havoc on our bodies. Contrary to processed noodles, homemade noodles are easy to make and good for you and if you dry them they can last a long time too.


Here is the recipe for My Mother's Homemade Noodles:


Ingredients:


1 Egg to ¾ cup of Flour (add more proportionately)

Salt to taste


That's it, that's all you need!


Knead the dough, it it's sticky add a little more flour, if it's too dry add a little water or milk.


You want it a little stiff, let the dough sit for ½ hour.


Then roll it out till it is as thick as you want it (I personally like it a little thick at about ¼ inch). Just make sure that they are even, make sure that they are not thicker in the middle than at the ends. Then roll it up like a jelly roll. Slice it, using a long narrow knife (about ¼ to ½ inch wide). Spread the noodles apart so that the air can circulate around them. You can let them dry sitting out for most of the day or you can put them in a paper bad with some flour and they will keep for several days. You can also cook them right away in boiling water just like you would for normal noodles. If they are thicker make sure to taste and see if they are done after 10 minutes because they might need a few more minutes to cook or you can put them in a brown paper bag and let them dry out and use them in a day or two. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have and in the process make memories for your children.

Bon Appetit!


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    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Hi Alisha and thanks for commenting. Homemade noodles are harder than store-bought but if they are too hard try making them thinner and you maybe kneading them too long because I really don't knead mine for very long at all..like a minute or two and that's it, just enough to get them to bind together.

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      Alisha T 

      6 years ago

      Hi Brie! I am Italian, so as you can imagine, I have a soft spot in my heart for noodles :) I've been wanting to try making them for so long now, but haven't because I thought it was hard, but this is SO EASY! I made some earlier and boiled them right away. They came out a little harder than I expected, though. Almost too much so. Any ideas? I thought maybe a kneaded the dough too much?

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      You know Jan, I've never tried it with whole wheat flour but I don't see why not. Let me know how it goes.

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      Jan J. 

      6 years ago

      I had no idea it was this easy! I am guessing I can add some whole wheat flour?

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Oh wow, I didn't know that, thanks again!

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      Jeni 

      6 years ago

      They can also be frozen in plastic bags or tupperware containers. I have made them for many years, the way Mammaw taught me

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Yep that's what I do. I just made these last night! Thanks for commenting "mkjuett".

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      Mary Juett 

      6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      This is the exact recipe I learned from my mother-n-law several years ago and I've been using it ever since. The only addition I make to it is if the dough get's a little dry, I add just a little bit of milk to it. To me it makes the dough a little smoother than just egg and flour alone. It's a great recipe and makes for the best beef and noodles and chicken and noodles!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Yes, homemade pasta tastes soooooo much better, which is usually the case for anything homemade vs. store-bought. Thanks for commenting "homesteadpatch".

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      homesteadpatch 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      So easy, and so much better than a box. Everyone needs to try homemade pasta at least once. Once you do, you'll never go back.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm so glad..did you watch the first video about how the processed noodles digest as compared to homemade noodles..it's very enlightening. Thanks for commenting "Lee Tea".

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      Lee Tea 

      6 years ago from Erie, PA

      This is a great score! So simple but I never learned how. I dated an Italian boy in high school and when his family taught me how to make noodles one night they all sat back and laughed at me, so I guess subconsciously I was too nervous to ever go back and learn. I hadn't even thought of it that much until now. Eggs and flour huh? You've totally empowered me lol - thanks!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      I never use self rising flour so no chance of that.

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      Druid Dude 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Great! When's dinner? On a side note: self rising flour won't work as well, because the noodles will expand like bread dough while in storage. Cooking them immediately might help, but I kinda doubt it.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Great..good luck to you. Real food tastes better!

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      BrightMeadow 

      7 years ago from a room of one's own

      I am always interested in recipes for REAL food. I will definitely give this one a try.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Good luck Eye Say.

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      eye say 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I will, I'm going to try it this weekend, I may have to add a tiny bit of whole wheat flour to help it out, but I'll let you know, thanks again for such a simple recipe, I've never made my own noodles because I have always found it so intimidating, if I can add this to my menu my family will be thrilled!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      I've never used that before..let me know how it turns out.

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      eye say 

      7 years ago from Canada

      great recipe and it does look easy enough, I'm going to try using spelt flour and see how that works, thanks!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Nope, not hard at all.

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      Brooke Lorren 

      7 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I'll have to try these. They don't look too hard.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Keith, tell her that they are super easy to make and totally worth the effort.

      CMerritt: thanks for the up and awesome review.

      Hillbilly Zen, I hope you like them.

      Have a Happy Thanksgiving all of you!

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      Hillbilly Zen 

      7 years ago from Kentucky

      Ms. Brie, I'm so glad this was re-posted! Thank you for this great, easy (which makes it even greater!) recipe. Bookmarked for sure, and voted up and useful, albeit almost a year late.

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      My Granny and my Mom have been made this a family tradition, making Chicken & Noodles every Thanksgiving....they do just as you said, bu cut the noodles extremely thin. Boil an "old hen" and tear it apart, boil then add the noodles. My Mom always added some yellow dye and that for some reason makes it all the more appealing and this is more popular than the Turkey. Put these guys over a big pile of mashed potatos and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

      Up and awesome!

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      Keith Schroeder 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I am bookmarking this hub and going to ask my wife really nicely if she would make these noodles. Noodles are one of the few things we don't make ourselves.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      I've always used plain, if you try it with self rising let me know how it turns out.

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      50 year old white guy 

      8 years ago

      Self rising or Plain flour?

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      CYBERSUPE 

      8 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Hi Brie,

      I was just telling one of my children the other day how their Grandmother, who came from Italy, made home-made noodles. I saw in your article a picture when the dough was rolled up and before you cut it, was exactly like my Moms. Ater she sliced that roll, she took a knife and ran it down the middle, then lifted it up and put the long lengths of noodles over the back of a chair to dry. Thank You so much.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm very much against additives and try to avoid them completely.

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      Tchardo 

      8 years ago

      Great video... really, I love Linda Miner. People cannot hear this sort of message too much!

      Nicely complimentary to circumstances where people cook for each other too, isn't it?

      Solitary urban living really is killing us, I think.

      Apologies if this is a little off topic, but it might be useful for some people who live busy or solitary lives...

      I've made much changes to my life through diet. I'm a little more extreme than others lol, but it's worked amazingly well to not put anything in my body which doesn't serve a purpose optimally and without compromise... not going over the daily nutritional requirement (avoiding there being more of something for my body to deal with than my body can use and avoiding toxicity) and not going under.

      Unfortunately, this becomes much more difficult when one lives alone... so I've resorted to a protein powder of a sort... NO, lol, not typical weight gain or creatine-like stuff, but a vegan all organic product known as Vega (google it... I can't post a link to the sequel naturals promotional site on account of this site's rules) which can provide almost 100% of all my nutritional requirements each day with one shake. I separated it into two meals which provided a little more than I needed, and augmented it with one free range egg for protein each day, and oatmeal for calories twice a day.

      I've been stronger, smarter, cleaner, more active, less prone to colds or flus, and had more free time, than ever before in my life. Every now and then I crave, and every now and then it doesn't hurt to have a healthy natural meal without additives and such.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Let me know how they turn out Nicole

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      Nicole A. Winter 

      8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Brie Hoffman: Thank-you so much for publishing this, how awesome. Can't wait to try and make my own noodles!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm so glad you are glad deestew, thanks for commenting!

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      deestew 

      8 years ago from Kentucky

      Oh I am so excited to see this recipe. I had a wonderful chicken soup several months ago with homemade noodles in it. I have been trying to mimick the recipe since then. Now I have the main ingredient! The noodles made it so much better. Thank you.

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      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      You definitely can tell the difference between homemade and store bought...Great Topic!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      For chicken broth just make dumplings...even easier. Take 1 egg to about 1/2 c to 3/4 c of flour, mix it together until gooey and drop by teaspoon into boiling broth...voila! Easy as pie and just as good!

      Thanks for writing.

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      foreignpress 

      8 years ago from Denver

      What timing! Supermarket prices have increased by 1/3, so I've been seeking alternatives. This recipe couldn't have come at a better time. However, I'm suspicious. The recipe seems too easy. Will my body adjust without all the "crap?" I'll try my first batch in a chicken broth.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Well, now you can make the noodles Vladimir!

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Oh, you remind me an old country, when grandma cooked. Why I did not learn something from her?

      Tanks for this instructions.

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