One of my favorite things about the holidays growing up was going to my Grandma's house the day before to help her prepare the food. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, I always made the dressing and the homemade noodles. I loved rolling out the dough and running the sheets through her pasta cutter. I don't make pasta often now, but I should. It's so easy! I used some of the noodles for a homemade Chicken Noodle/Broccoli soup and put the rest in a freezer bag for another easy meal. Homemade pasta is a great way to use up extra egg-yolks you may have. Tomorrow I'll be posting my next Christmas Treat for the blog hop and you guessed it...that is the reason I had so many yolks to use up. Come back tomorrow to see the sweet treat!
Caitlin loved mixing the eggs and flour...
Cutting the noodles is serious business...
Source: From Scratch
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 whole egg
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup water
Sift the flour and salt together and make a well in the center. (I did this in a large, shallow bowl.) Pour the eggs inside the well and start mixing it from the middle, incorporating the flour towards the center a little at time. The mixture will be very dry and crumbly. Add the water a tablespoon at a time, just until all the egg/flour pieces stick together to form the dough. I added around 1/4 cup of water, maybe a tiny bit more.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about ten minutes until it's smooth. The dough will be tough. Wrap the dough in saran wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will help the dough be more pliable when rolling out. Once it is done chilling, divide into fourths. On a floured surface, roll the dough as thin as possible. I started rolling with a rolling pin, just thin enough to fit into my pasta machine roller. I ran the dough through at a thick setting, then again at a thin setting (1 or 2 I think). I let the rolled dough dry on the counter for a couple hours. Cut into strips with a knife or a pasta machine. Spread evenly so the noodles can dry. Fresh noodles take 5 minutes to cook. Dry noodles will cook in about 8 minutes.