I believe most every family has a favorite family food. Something that gets requested more than anything else. Something that gets passed down through the generations. Something that always makes you think fondly of a loved one when you see, smell or taste something similar.
For our family, that favorite food is homemade noodles. For every birthday, holiday or special occasion, if asked, we always request noodles from my grandmother. There is absolutely no comparison between homemade noodles and those boxed or bagged noodles you buy at a store. I don’t even know how they can bear the same name!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Grandma’s noodles. My husband and kids love them too. She makes them most often with a pork roast, mashed potatoes, sweet corn hand cut from the cob, and green beans with summer savory. She also makes noodles with beef roast or chicken on occasion.
I remember fondly, enjoying noodles made by my great grandmother in her Illinois home while growing up as well. Noodles have been a family staple passed from as far back as my grandmother can remember.
After 30+ years of requesting noodles of Grandma, I thought it may be time to learn to make them myself now that I’m learning to get around my own kitchen. I believed I was finally ready to take on the task of making noodles so I can enjoy them any time I desire. But no matter how good I ever get at making them, you know it will still be our #1 request of grandma since it is tradition.
And here are the instructions and tutorial straight from Grandma.
Grandma’s Homemade Noodles
When cooking noodles with Grandma, there are no actual measurements.
The following are approximations for planning purposes.
2 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
In a large mixing bowl, place approximately 1 1/2 cups of flour.
The flour measurement need not be precise since you will be adding to it throughout the process.
Break 2 eggs into the flour.
Add a pinch of salt.
Slowly begin stirring the eggs, grabbing a small amount of flour at a time as you mix.
Continue to stir until all flour is incorporated.
As the dough stiffens, you will need to kneed it by hand to mix in the flour.
Generously flour a surface for rolling out the dough.
Grandma rolls out the dough one half at a time.
Roll it out thin (about the same as a pie crust)
Grandma makes strips about 1.5-2 inches wide. This width will end up being the length of your noodles.
After the strips are cut, stack them together (be sure the dough is coated with ample flour to prevent sticking)
After stacked, begin slicing them thin into noodles.
After all noodles are cut, toss them in additional flour and spread out to dry a bit.
To cook, at them, a handful at a time, to boiling broth and stir between each handful.
After all the noodles are added, continue to boil for about 5 minutes.
Then reduce heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes while stirring occationally.
The broth will boil down. Do not drain. Serve and enjoy.