There are some recipes that make me miss my mom, and this homemade egg noodle recipe is definitely one of them. My mom made these noodles several times a year, sometimes more often.
Bring a large pot of water to boil. While the water is coming to a boil, make the noodles. If the water boils before you are ready, cover the pot and keep it at a slow boil.
Reserve 1/2 cup of flour and add only if needed.
Mix together the water, egg and salt. Add to the flour and mix/combine with your hands (I prefer to wear food service gloves) until it comes together and forms a ball. Add more flour or water if needed. Don't add too much, though, just a little at a time. The dough shouldn't be dry or too sticky and should be pale yellow in color.
Place flour on your board and rolling pin. Break off 1/3 of the ball of dough, and flatten with your hand onto the board. Flip so that you have flour on both sides of the dough.
With a rolling pin, roll it out flat.
The thinner you roll it, the thinner the noodles. I like it about this thin...
My mom used to not make hers as wide as mine, but my board is only so long, so, like her, I fold/roll it over...
Then I slice it down the middle so that the noodles are smaller. If you prefer longer noodles, skip this step.
Cut the noodles. Be sure to use a sharp knife and use your knuckles as a guide, this will prevent you from cutting yourself and will allow you to make the noodles thin.
As you cut the noodles, toss them with a little more flour to keep them from sticking together.
Drop the noodles into the boiling water, stirring to keep the noodles from sticking.
The noodles will float when they are done.
Either serve the noodles immediately or rinse with cold water. The cold water will stop the cooking process and will prevent the noodles from getting sticky and soggy.
I prefer to serve my noodles with soup like this leftover turkey soup.
She always made them after thanksgiving when she would make Chinena (a polish sweet and sour soup) made with the leftover turkey. Always, we never went a thanksgiving without the turkey carcass turned into either turkey soup or Chinena and the homemade noodles were a must. Ah, memories.
When we were kids, I think that she had to quadruple this recipe, maybe even more. She had this big yellow bowl that she would fill to the rim with noodles. She would put the soup on the stove to cook and spend half the day making noodles for the whole family. With 5 brothers and sisters, that was a lot of soup and a lot of noodles.
So, now that my mom has passed, I now try to make these at least once a year. I still don’t know where my mom got all her energy to make so many noodles. I remember watching her cut the noodles and I was in awe that she could cut them so quick and so fast. I’m learning, but I’m no where near the expert she was.
Believe it or not, these really are easy to make. The only way to mess them up is to add too much flour (if you do, just add a little water).