homemade egg noodles
A few winters ago, I had a craving for Panera’s chicken noodle soup. I remember the day — it had just practically blizzarded (is that a word?) in KC, everyone was home from work and school, and my car was frozen shut with a few inches of snow and ice. It clearly was not going to be my day to drive over to Panera…
However, realized that I actually had all of the ingredients for the classic soup at home. But somehow, those flimsy, thin little egg noodles in the pantry just didn’t seem like they would cut it. So I took advantage of the extra time indoors and tried my first batch of homemade noodles. For some reason, the idea had always totally intimidated me. (Visions of professional pasta chefs in Italy seemed to dance through my head…)
But I gave them a try, and L-O-V-E-D them!!! Holy cow! Not only does the recipe call for five common ingredients, and take less than 5 minutes to pull together — they were totally fun to make! You can of course roll them out and cut them however thick/thin you’d like, but for soup I love going Panera-style — nice and thick. :)
So get out your flour, salt, eggs, milk and butter (I told you common ingredients), grab your pizza slicer, and have oodles of fun with these noodles! (Plus, this recipe makes a double batch — so feel free to use half and freeze half for the next soup or noodles day!)
Homemade Egg Noodles Recipe
(Adapted from AllRecipes)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
- 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
- Optional: 1-2 tsp. Italian seasonings
With mixer: Mix eggs, milk and butter together on low speed until combined. Then add in salt and flour. Mix on medium speed until combined.
By hand: In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Add the beaten egg, milk, and butter. Knead dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. Let rest in a covered bowl for 10 minutes.
On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8″ or 1/4″ thickness. Cut into desired lengths and shapes with a pizza slicer (or a knife). Allow to air dry (ideally at least an hour) before cooking.
To cook fresh pasta, in a large pot with boiling salted water cook until al dente.
Remember that fresh pasta cooks much faster than dried pasta! So keep a close eye on these guys as they cook. They’ll be al dente before you know it! :)