It’s been three years since my grandma passed away. There is one memory of her though that is impossible to forget: her homemade noodles. Every single Thanksgiving and Christmas for as long as I can remember my grandma would make homemade noodles. This one dish, while simple, was the one thing I looked forward to eating the most. Now don’t get me wrong, others in the family have made homemade noodles but they somehow never tasted like my grandmas. Despite doing everything the exact same way they just weren’t the same.
I remember being a little girl and helping my grandma and mom make them. There really isn’t much to them: some flour, an egg, and a bit of salt. That’s it. As a little girl I had so much fun rolling the dough out on the counter and cutting it into strips. A cloth was then placed over the noodles to let them dry until it was time to toss them in the pot. I used to constantly peek under the cloth trying to catch a glimpse of the noodles…and you better believe I was right there waiting to be the first taste taster when they came off the stove.
Somehow, magically, that flour and egg transformed into the most amazing side dish and leftovers were a real treat. Not sure how it is possible but homemade noodles taste even better the second or third day. The best way to eat them though is to mix your chicken or turkey in with them. YUM!
My mouth is watering just at the thought of them. Sadly, even though others in the family still make homemade noodles, we will never again get to eat the deliciousness of them that my grandma created. Maybe it is just one of those recipes that needs a grandmas touch and a bit of her love mixed in to make them just right. I will never know. I will however, remember my grandma each and every time that dish is made and passed around the table. Homemade noodles is a tradition in our family and every time a bowl of those noodles sits on the table, it is almost like having her there with us.
1 cup of flour, 1 egg, and 1 tsp of salt
Mix your flour and salt together and dump your flour straight on your counter top. Form a well in the center. Add your egg to the well and gently mix the flour into the egg, spooning the flour mixture into the egg a little at a time. Once you have your dough, place it on your floured counter top and roll it out until it is 1/2 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter cut your noodles into long strips and then again across to form smaller strips. Place a towel or cloth on top of the noodles to let them dry. While your noodles are drying bring a pot of chicken broth to a boil (homemade broth tastes best). Once your broth has reached a boil drop your noodles one at a time into the pot. Let your noodles cook for at least 15 minutes or until dough is cooked through. Scoop into a bowl, sprinkle on a bit more salt and enjoy!
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