Homemade noodles, especially when made with fresh milled flour is a delicious and nutrient dense alternative to a box of pasta. Learn how to make noodles at home to use in soup recipes or served as a flavorful side dish.
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Grandma’s Homemade Noodles
Come Christmas time each member of my family would travel across the nation to gather together on my grandparents farm in Kansas. We’d sit around the living room sharing stories and updates while kids played games or explored the vast prairie lands and old barns behind grandma’s house. When it was time for supper, grandma and some of the ladies in my family would create a huge spread of delicious dishes to choose from. Grandma’s potato casserole along with her seven layer salad were always a big hit. On the table you’d often find rolls, green beans and at least one if not two homemade pies. But the star of the show would be grandma’s homemade noodles.
The day before the big meal, my grandma would knead the pasta dough by hand. Using her wooden rolling pin, she’d roll the dough out real thin and then cut out each noodle, piece by piece. The noodles would lay on the dining room table, tossed in flour and allowed to dry all night long. The next day the noodles would be served in a warm creamy, gravy-like sauce and presented alongside the rest of grandma’s home cooked dishes. My grandmother would always make enough food for everyone to enjoy leftovers the following day but there were tragic times that little to no noodles would make it to the next day.
Today the tradition of making grandma’s homemade noodles continues. My mom still kneads the pasta dough and cuts out the noodles, however, thanks to modern technology we don’t have to spend hours doing so. Our Kitchen Aid mixer and attachments make the process much quicker.
After my transition to using fresh milled flour for all of our baked goods and bread recipes, I knew I still wanted to make homemade noodles. Incorporating fresh flour into grandma’s noodle recipe was a synch. Kamut wheat berries and hard wheat made the noodles incredibly flavorful plus I knew I’d still be getting all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients from the freshly ground flour. If you’re looking for simple pasta recipe made with fresh milled flour, then you’re in the right place.
How to Make Noodles With Fresh Milled Flour
When making noodles with fresh ground flour, there are a variety of grains you can choose from.
Kamut is the original wheat that was used to make pasta. This ancient grain has a golden color and creates a very flavorful noodle. I have used kamut many times to make pasta at home and have always had terrific results. The only downside to using kamut is that it can sometimes be hard to find and is often an expensive grain to purchase.
Durum wheat is the type of grain used in a lot commercially made pasta. If you have this on hand, you can use it to make all sorts of homemade noodle variations.
Hard wheat is also a great option for making pasta. It is not traditional to use hard wheat to make noodles but I find it is the most convenient. I always have some type of hard wheat berries on hand but I don’t always have kamut. When selecting a type of hard wheat to make pasta, I prefer to use hard red wheat due to its nuttier flavor. But hard white wheat will work just as well.
Recipes with Egg Noodles
You can make all kinds of delicious recipes with homemade egg noodles. Here are a few ways to use pasta:
- In casserole recipes
- Chicken noodle soup
- Beef stroganoff
- Tuna noodle casserole
- Meatballs and pasta
- Buttered noodles
- Noodles and alfredo sauce
- Skillet lasagna
How to Dry Homemade Noodles
Once your pasta has been cut and formed into the desired length and size, you can dry your pasta on a noodle drying rack or spread it out onto a clean surface to dry. My family has always tossed the pasta with flour to prevent it from sticking together. Then we cover the countertop or dinning room table with wax paper. The noodles are separated and spread out across the table to dry for several hours or sometimes overnight.
Can Homemade Noodles Be Frozen?
Yes. There are two ways to freeze homemade noodles. The first method is to dry your noodles, using the process above, then place the noodles in a sealed bag or container inside the freezer. Alternatively, you can arrange the fresh pasta onto baking sheets, flash freeze the pasta, then transfer the frozen noodles to an airtight container. Frozen noodles can last several months if sealed properly.
How to Store Homemade Noodles
I find the best way to store homemade noodles is in the freezer. I place the noodles in a zipped plastic bag and they last many months, provided we don’t eat them all by then — which happens all too often. You can also store your dried noodles in an airtight container or in the fridge.
Why are My Homemade Noodles Tough?
If your noodles are tough it may be due to not adding enough water into the dough, over kneading the dough, cutting the noodles too thick or over cooking the pasta. Make note of what you did to create the homemade pasta and next time adjust the noodle making process accordingly. Sometimes it just takes a bit of experimenting to make the perfect pasta.
How to Make Homemade Noodles Without a Machine
Pasta makers are a new tool in our modern day society. Fancy pasta rollers that attach to your stand mixer weren’t always around. In fact, noodles were simply rolled and cut by hand. Growing up my grandma and mom would roll the dough out using a rolling pin. Noodles would be cut and shaped using a common paring knife. If you’d like to make pasta at home, there is no need to invest in expensive pasta makers, although I do very much love and recommend my Kitchen Aid Pasta Roller and Cutter Set. Pasta can be made with a rolling pin, a little arm muscle and cut into egg noodle shapes using a knife, bench scraper or pizza cutter.
How to Make Homemade Egg Noodles
Elevate your meals with homemade pasta! Learn how to make homestyle eggs noodles with fresh milled flour using grandma’s old fashioned noodle recipe. The flavor and quality can’t be beat!
Serves: 4-6 servings
3 egg yolks
3-4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups freshly milled kamut or hard wheat flour, plus extra for dusting the noodles
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the egg yolks, egg, water and salt.
While the mixer is running, add 1 1/3 cup flour until the mixture is crumbly. Add remaining 2/3 cup of flour and process until the completely combined. The dough will be tough and thick.
If using a pasta maker, follow manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have a noodle maker, you can use your hands and a bench scraper or pizza cutter to transform the dough into noodles. Lightly dust your work surface. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball. Roll the pasta out to approximately 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick. Use a bench scraper or pizza cutter to slice the dough into whatever size of noodles you’d like.
To cook, fill a pot with plenty of water. Bring to a boil and add your homemade noodles. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until soft and tender.
If you do not plan to eat the noodles right away, the pasta can be dried or frozen.
Note: If you’d like to make this noodle recipe but do not have any fresh milled flour on hand, you can substitute all purpose or wheat flour in equal proportions.
More Recipes Using Fresh Milled Flour
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 egg
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups freshly milled kamut or hard wheat flour, plus extra for dusting the noodles
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the egg yolks, egg, water and salt.
- While the mixer is running, add 1 1/3 cup flour until the mixture is crumbly. Add remaining 2/3 cup of flour and process until the completely combined. The dough will be tough and thick.
- If using a pasta maker, follow manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have a noodle maker, you can use your hands and a bench scraper or pizza cutter to transform the dough into noodles. Lightly dust your work surface. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball. Roll the pasta out to approximately 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick. Use a bench scraper or pizza cutter to slice the dough into whatever size of noodles you’d like.
- To cook, fill a pot with plenty of water. Bring to a boil and add your homemade noodles. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until soft and tender.
- If you do not plan to eat the noodles right away, the pasta can be dried or frozen.
If you’d like to make this noodle recipe but do not have any fresh milled flour on hand, you can substitute all purpose or wheat flour in equal proportions.