Oodles of Noodles
Prep 45M | Cook 5M | Enjoy in 60M
March is National Noodle Month. That’s right – a whole month devoted to noodles! Soups, pastas or just all on their own, noodles are good with practically anything. We highly recommend trying your hand at making some from scratch. It might sound intimidating, but you don’t need a stand mixer with all the bells and whistles to make great noodles. Egg noodles, like those in the recipe by The Spruce Eats, are incredibly easy to make on your own. All you need is flour, eggs, salt and a little elbow grease. Give it a go some time. You’ll love how simple they are to make, the flavor and knowing that you can make them whenever the need arises.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, almost like a “bowl” of flour to hold the eggs, and crack the eggs into it.
2. Use a fork to beat the eggs and then gradually start incorporating the flour into the eggs (as you beat them, they will slowly but surely take up some flour from along the edge of where the eggs meet the flour).
3. Keep stirring and pulling in more flour until a solid dough forms. The dough will be sticky. Don’t worry, you’ll be working in more flour in a moment. Too much flour now and the extra flour needed to roll out the noodles will lead to an oddly dry, rather than tender, noodle in the end.
4. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. With well-floured hands, knead the dough, incorporating more flour as necessary to keep it from sticking to either the work surface or your hands, until the dough is smooth and firm and no longer sticky. This takes 5 to 10 minutes for most people.
5. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and chill it for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
6. Divide the dough into 2 pieces and work with one half of the dough at a time.
7. On a well-floured surface roll out the dough to the desired thickness (anywhere from 1/4-inch to paper thin—the call is yours!). Be sure to rotate, or otherwise move the dough, between each pass of the rolling pin to keep the dough from sticking to the work surface underneath. Sprinkle everything with flour—including lifting the dough and flouring the work surface again—as necessary to keep the dough from sticking.
8. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutting wheel to cut the noodles. You can make then as narrow or wide as you like but cut them as evenly as possible to ensure uniform cooking time.
9. Lay the noodles on a cooling or drying rack and let them sit until ready to cook. Repeat rolling and cutting with the remaining half of the dough.
10. Boil the noodles in well-salted water until tender to the bite. Drain and serve with desired sauce, in soups or stews.