We haven’t made our own noodles in some years because our then Golden Retriever got too interested in nibbling at the noodles hanging out to dry, but we now have a solution to that. Making your own noodles gives you a much tastier dish and it only takes about half an hour to do it with a food processor.
We followed the recipe in Julia Child and Company and had noodles ready to hang out to dry in about 15 minutes.
- 1-3/4 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tb water
All you have to do is mix the ingredients up, roll the dough out and run it through a noodle roller/cutter to make delicious noodles. We had somewhere in the basement some sort of a noodle rack with a bunch of dowels, but it is a lot of trouble to set up and it was this that attracted the dog. So we took Julia Child’s advice and rested a broom between two cupboard shelves and hung the noodles on the handle. Lacking an overly interested puppy, you could also stretch the broom between a chair and a table. We used a simple pasta machine such as this one.
Rather than clamping the pasta machine to a table or counter, we just slid the machine along the counter to keep the noodles from piling up under the rollers.
- Put the ingredients in a food processor and process until the dough comes together in a ball. It should be firm but slightly damp. If it seems a bit sticky, just roll the ball in a little flour.
- Cut the dough ball in half and roll out the dough in the rollers of a noodle maker set to the widest opening.
- Then, turn the opening knob down one or two stops, double the dough strip over itself and put it through again. If the dough seems at all sticky, flour it before proceeding.
- Repeat until the dough is of noodle thickness.
- Then run the dough through the noodle cutter roller and hang the noodles up to dry on the broomstick handle for half an hour or so.
- If it isn’t time for dinner yet, you can store the noodles in a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator, or even freeze them.
- To cook them, drop the noodles into boiling, salted water and cook for 5 minutes.
- Drain the noodles and return them to the pan and melt a little butter over them. Delicious!
We served our noodles with some veggies and sausage as we describe next.