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How to Make Your Own Pasta Noodles From Scratch

Athlyn Green enjoys whipping up tasty dishes in her home kitchen. She's received many requests for her recipes and is happy to share.

Cooked homemade pasta. Velvety soft and ready for eating.

Cooked homemade pasta. Velvety soft and ready for eating.

You'll Never Think of Noodles the Same Way...

Homemade noodles truly are a special treat. Once you master the art of noodle-making, you'll find yourself making your own noodles again and again. If you're a fan of comfort foods, these noodles are hard to beat. They are just so satisfying and filling.

You can quickly make a batch of noodles. This is especially handy if you want to add more ingredients to a soup and don't have pasta on hand or if you are shy on side dish ideas. If you've always wondered how to actually make homemade noodles, use the noodle recipes below to make your own noodles!

Tools You'll Need

  • Rolling Pin: Use a heavy & smooth rolling pin so the dough rolls out more easily. This also helps reduce the amount of dough that sticks to the pin. I like to use a marble one. You can also use it to cut your noodles in a straight line.Why struggle with trying to make straight cuts free-handed?
  • Pizza Wheel: This will help you cut noodles effortlessly.
  • Slotted Spoon: Use this spoon to lift noodles out of the water. If you need to cook a second batch and want to save your hot water, this will help you to do so.
  • Scraper: Remove hardened dough from the counter with a scraper.

How to Make Homemade Noodles

Making homemade noodles is easy as 1-2-3 with any of the recipes below. Pay particular attention to my noodle-making tips. Pasta dough is stiff, and it takes some kneading. For someone starting out, they might conclude that their noodles are a flop because the dough doesn't "feel right." Noodle dough has a different texture. Be patient, work it with your hands, and you will be surprised at the finished product. Your noodles may look crude, but once they cook up, you will be glad you tried your hand at it.

The process gets easier as you do it. These days, I think nothing of putting on a batch of homemade noodles. I always make enough so I can freeze some for a future meal.

1. Noodles With Eggs and Cream

What You'll Need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3-4 tbsp rich cream (I use 18% table cream) and water, as needed

Instructions

  1. Scramble the eggs with a fork. Add the salt, flour, and cream.
  2. Mix everything with a wooden spoon (or use the hand-swirl method). Add liquid to moisten flour until a dough ball forms. Knead until it's light and smooth.
  3. Roll it out on a floured board. Keep working and rolling dough (adding flour) until it is no longer sticky.
  4. Roll out the dough until it is quite thin. It will puff up when cooking.
  5. Cut your noodles with a knife or a pizza wheel. Making homemade pasta noodles with a pizza wheel saves time and is so much easier.

If you don't have cream, don't worry! Simply use one of the other recipes in this article. I pretty much make noodles with whatever ingredients I have on hand.

2. Noodles for Two

Want to make a small batch of noodles? This recipe is perfect for two servings!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt, to taste
  • A few drops of milk or water

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients.
  2. Knead well. Then, roll it into thin sheets on a floured surface.
  3. Cut the dough into long strips.
  4. Cook the noodles in boiling water until they float.

3. Easy Egg Noodles

What You'll Need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients.
  2. Add enough flour to make a stiff dough.
  3. Knead well. Then, roll it into thin sheets on a floured surface.
  4. Cut the dough into long strips.
  5. Cook the noodles in boiling water until they float.

4. Eggless Noodles for Soup

If you want to drop homemade noodles into a pot of homemade soup and are shy on groceries or want to go eggless, make these quick noodles:

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What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-2 tsp. oil
  • 1/2-1tsp salt
  • Enough water to moisten

Instructions

  1. Knead the ingredients until the dough is smooth.
  2. Roll it out on a floured counter and cut it into strips with a pizza cutter.
  3. Drop the noodles into your soup about 10 minutes before you're ready to serve.

These noodles are tender and have that velvety texture you only find with the handmade variety.

5. Eggless Noodles With Baking Powder

This is a good all-around basic recipe to keep on hand.

What You'll Need:

  • 1-2 cups flour
  • 1/2-1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Water, to moisten

My Top Noodle-Making Tips

I've learned so much since struggling through making my first batch of noodles. On my first try, I made a very stiff dough and found it so hard to knead! Since then, I've learned that a soft, moist dough is so much easier to work. Here are my top tips:

  • To reduce dough stiffness, make a moister dough.
  • Use the hand-swirl method to mix your dough. Simply swirl your hand in a circular motion to mix the ingredients until a ball forms. This means you don't have a sticky wooden spoon to clean up, and the ingredients will mix easily.
  • Use a pizza wheel instead of a knife to effortlessly cut noodle dough.
  • Use your rolling pin as a straight edge when cutting out noodle strips.

How to Roll Out the Dough

Once you've used one of the five recipes above to make the dough, you'll notice that it feels stiff—this is normal. The key is to continue kneading the dough until it becomes smooth.

  1. Flour the counter. Once the dough forms into a ball, place it on the countertop and work it by heeling in the flour until everything becomes smooth and free of small lumps. You will develop a feel for how the dough should feel.
  2. Cut your dough into palm-sized portions.
  3. If you can, use a marble rolling pin instead of a wood one. The weight helps to roll out noodle dough, and the smooth marble surface picks up less dough that you have to clean off later. Make sure you roll your dough out on a board. While a counter is ideal for cutting the noodles, you don't want to scratch your countertop.
  4. Sprinkle flour over the top of your noodle dough and roll it out thinly. Your noodles will puff up as they cook. You don't want the noodles to become overly thick and heavy during the cooking process.

The Mother of All Noodle-Cutting Tricks

I confided to a friend that the worst part of noodle-making was trying to cut them with a knife because they would stretch. My friend suggested using a pizza wheel and said that his relatives always used one to cut their noodles.

Cutting noodles—Using a rolling pin for a straight edge.

Cutting noodles—Using a rolling pin for a straight edge.

How to Cut the Noodles

The very texture of noodle dough is such that if you try to cut it with a regular knife, it stretches and (sometimes) tears. A pizza cutter makes the process one hundred percent easier. The wheel effortlessly slices through the dough, and you will cut long strips of noodles in record time.

  1. Go up and back down to make for faster cutting.
  2. Continue going down the dough until you've cut it all into strips.

A couple of noodle-making sessions will give you a feel for making them at home. Once you get into the process, you'll be able to quickly whip up a batch. This is especially handy if you want to add more ingredients to a soup and don't have pasta on hand or if you are shy on side dish ideas.

If you want to cut the noodles into interesting shapes, try these tips below:

  • Roll the dough out into a large thin rectangle onto a floured counter.
  • Instead of slicing noodles into thin strips, use your pizza cutter and cut dough horizontally and vertically, basically a tic-tac-toe pattern. Cut on the small side. You will have flat, thin squares, which make nice soup noodles. Drop these into homemade soup, and enjoy! Flat, square pasta is great for Italian-style dishes.
  • Get creative with your homemade noodles and plan to make interesting shapes. Cutting your noodles on the diagonal will result in diamond-shaped noodles.
Freshly cut pasta ready to pop in a soup!

Freshly cut pasta ready to pop in a soup!

How to Cook Homemade Noodles

  1. Drop your noodles into boiling water and cook until they float. Reduce heat to avoid boil-over.
  2. Scoop noodles out with a slotted spoon (and place in a strainer) to save your hot water, then drop in the next batch of noodles.
  3. You can serve your noodles immediately. Reheat noodles you plan on using later in the day.
Cooking homemade pasta.

Cooking homemade pasta.

Draining the Noodles

Drain the noodles in a strainer. You can use either a metal or plastic strainer to do the job. It doesn't hurt to give them a shake, which helps to remove excess moisture.

Drying and Freezing Noodles

If I'm going to freeze my noodles, I like to spread them out on a tea towel. The towel absorbs excess moisture, which helps to reduce the formation of ice crystals.

  • Plastic bags make good containers for freezing noodles. I place a thick layer in each bag, and then these bags can be stacked. A freezer container can also be used, depending on your portion size.

Drying Fresh Homemade Noodles

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Drying the Noodles

If you prefer to completely dry your homemade noodles, inexpensive drying racks are available—and preferable to using a chair back (as was done years ago) or a broom handle.

Place your fresh noodles on a drying rack and allow to completely dry. Store as you would for regular pasta.

7 Delicious Recipe Ideas

Once you've made your homemade noodles, how will you serve them? Noodles can be served using the suggestions below.

  1. Plain: Serve fresh noodles with butter, salt and pepper, and seasonings of choice.
  2. Topped With Spaghetti Sauce: I like to make whole wheat noodles and top them with spaghetti sauce.
  3. Italiano Noodles: Toss noodles with olive oil, salt and pepper, basil, crushed garlic, and parmesan. Top with sliced black olives.
  4. Chicken and Noodles: If you've baked a chicken, make a gravy with the broth and top your noodles with it. Serve homemade noodles alongside baked chicken for a hearty old-fashioned dinner—sure to become a family favorite!
  5. Noodle "Chips": Place the noodles in a greased roasting pan and drizzle oil over them. Bake until crispy and golden brown. Dip noodles in your dipping sauce of choice.
  6. Cheesy Noodles: Place noodles in a greased casserole dish and, when warm, toss with butter. Top with grated cheddar and serve when the cheese is bubbly.
  7. Chicken Noodle Soup: Homemade noodles have a velvety consistency and go particularly well in homemade chicken noodle soup. Prepare the soup and drop in a handful or two of frozen noodles before serving.

Cleaning Dough With a Scraper

Once you've rolled out your noodle dough and cut all your noodles, you can make short work of your clean-up with a scraper. Scrapers come in a metal or plastic material and are ideal for removing hardened bits of dough and flour from counters. I prefer plastic or rubber to reduce scratching. These truly are fabulous clean-up tools.

Noodles topped with Parmesan

Noodles topped with Parmesan

4 Reasons to Make Homemade Noodles

  1. I love the velvety texture of homemade noodles.
  2. I make mine ahead and freeze them. I recently had a crowd in and defrosted and then placed my homemade noodles in a large casserole dish. I added my cream sauce and kept all warm on top of the stove. Everyone served themselves and enjoyed it.
  3. If I'm shy on groceries, a simple plate of homemade noodles, topped with butter and Parmesan or with a cream sauce makes a satisfying meal.
  4. After you've tried a couple of these recipes, you may find that you do as I do: I simply dump a handful or two of flour into a bowl, shake in a bit of baking powder and moisten it with water. I don't measure the ingredients. I've made noodles so often now that I could do it in my sleep. They turn out just as velvety every time. I sometimes add olive oil to my dough if I have it on hand.

Nothing Beats the Taste of Homemade Noodles

Someone asked me the other day, "Why would you make homemade pasta?" They mentioned that pasta in all different shapes and sizes was as near as the local market. To a person who has never sampled the homemade variety, this would be a relevant question. Why would anyone bother going to the effort of making noodles when, in modern times, we have access to an unlimited supply at the grocery store?

Then, I was invited out for dinner at a farm. The hosts prepared a lovely meal—in one of the serving bowls, I noticed some white ragged and uneven things. I asked what they were, and the hostess told me I was looking at homemade noodles.

Curious, I asked her how she made them. She said she didn't use a pasta machine or any type of cutter. She made her own noodle dough and cut her noodles by hand. She mentioned she had done this before we arrived.

I was surprised and asked her, "Don't you have to dry the pasta first before cooking it?"

"No," she replied. "I make my pasta dough and cut out my noodles and drop them into the pot like I did tonight." Huh! Slap me silly. You really do learn something new every day.

To be polite, I thought I would try the odd-looking, crookedly cut noodles. I took a small portion and ladled gravy on top. I expected tasteless dough that was masquerading as pasta.

Instead, I bit into what can only be described as "pure velvet." They were fantastic! These noodles were nothing like their store-bought counterparts. From that moment, I was hooked and decided that I would master the art of noodle-making.

When I came home, I set about learning how to make my own homemade pasta. I've now added homemade noodles to my repertoire of recipes I make again and again. I recently had a crowd coming over. I baked a ham, placed my homemade noodles in the casserole dish with the ham, and poured cream sauce over it. My guests raved over the meal. They, too, had never sampled homemade pasta and loved it!

How to Make Homemade Pasta

© 2007 Athlyn Green

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