Homemade noodles - and a gadget

Friday, May 8, 2009

If you’ve never attempted homemade noodles, you are really missing out. I don’t even know how to describe the taste difference, so I won’t even try. But, trust me – if you make these, you had better double the recipe because your whole family will scarf them down so fast your head will spin.

Making homemade noodles is one of those things that sound like too much work, but really isn’t. And, boy, do you ever feel all professional chef-ish when you’re rolling out that dough and cutting the noodles.

This is something I haven’t made in a long time (because of that dang white flour thing), but then I came across this Handcrafted Noodle Cutter:


Seeing this very cool gadget reminded of how much I loved the whole noodle-making process. And how much more I loved the whole noodle-eating process. Slicing the dough into something that looked even slightly uniform was always a challenge for me. This Noodle Cutter looks like it would reduce the cutting (and swearing) time significantly.

Doing a quick search of Allrecipes for homemade noodle recipes (since I cannot seem to locate mine), I found this one for Egg Noodles and this one for Basic Pasta. Be sure to read the reviews on these things because there were some great tips for making these recipes using your bread machine and your Kitchen Aid dough hook.

Homemade noodles are always great in Chicken Soup (the only soup I ever made that Mr. Jelly Belly actually ate – and, after he picked out the carrots and celery, he loved it):



You can also use them in other dishes, like this Chuck Roast with Homemade Noodles:




Homemade noodles are very versatile and CHEAP to make. I just put them on my menu for this weekend because regardless of how strange my noodles always look (because of my inadequate cutting skills), they are always delicious.

21 comments:

Kathie @ my net finds said...

I've only had homemade noodles once and they were sooooo good! That noodle cutter gadget is pretty neat :-) Happy Friday!!

Tammy Howard said...

I looooove homemade noodles!!! I've been hand rolling gnocchi a lot lately, but haven't considered noodles since I gave up on my pasta machine thingy. I think they have just become reconsidered...

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Gnocchi? Really? Have you posted a recipe? If not, you must!

Theresa said...

I thought I had everything! But not a noodle cutter. They look delicious. Will let you know if I get brave enought to try them. Have a blessed day!

Lisa said...

Hm - that soup looks amazing!

When I was in Italy I took a class on food and one of our "lessons" was to go watch a huge Italian meal being made. One part of that we got to help with - making homemade pasta with a lady that had been doing it for...35 years. That's all she had done her whole entire life. That pasta was amazing!

Housewife Savant said...

I think they call 'em dumplings down here, but with all the fuss trying to sort out the "barbeque" dilemma I don't split hairs.
It's the white flour that makes it a moot point.
Cool gizmo though. Always with the cool gizmos.
(Mr. JB should read your Friday posts for gift idears. He'd never come up short.)
He PICKED OUT THE ONIONS/CELERY?! For reals? Sheesh.

Gin said...

Okay, this is now on my to do list. I don't know when I will get to it, (it's a long list), but it looks and sounds delicious.

Patty said...

That is a cool gadget! I have been boycotting any pasta because of the whole refined carb thing, but a few noodles in a soup makes a big difference sometimes. If I ever get a cold or the flu, I realy want a bowl of your soup!

VRaz60 said...

Ok, I admit it, I cheat and use my pasta machine. I even use strained baby food to make flavored pasta and noodles. I also pureè roasted red peppers for use in making pasta. Red pepper noodles with a pot roast is wonderful.

Shoot, now I'm hungry for noodles, and I certainly can't have them today cuz I don't have any room for them. Drats!!

Heather said...

I only made noodles 1 time. My mom used to make them all the time, and I wanted to be just like her... ;). Anyways I totally messed them up, but have been wanting to give it another try. This may just be the inspiration I need.

Ree said...

I'd love to try. Wonder if I could find a whole-wheat-flour recipe.

I remember my gramma's homemade noodles. yum.

Rachael said...

i adore homemade noodles, but no one can make them like my grandma used to. she never had a recipe + every one she wrote down was completely different. we try, but they just don't taste the same!

Housewife Savant said...

I wrote about you again.
Not offering up your nutritional expertise this time, but sharing some of the sweetness I've come to know as Jellay, or just blah-blah-blogging about my recent weight loss.
And some stuff about vomiting, which your readers may or may not want to see in a comment connected with your yummy noodles post. [sorry!]

kristisummer said...

I never made homemade noodles, but I love pasta. In fact, I rarely make homemade anything. I should give it a whirl.

Julie said...

I've never made homemade noodles either, but with that gadget, I'll bet it would be loads of fun :)

Camevil said...

I'm so glad Bobzilla cooks AND is Italian AND will eat brown rice pasta because I will totally get this for him for our anniversary in June. You know, as a present for HIM, right? *wink wink*

Camevil said...

P.S.

That's the most erotic picture of chicken noodle soup that I've ever seen. It's like lunch porn.

Oz Girl said...

I agree wholeheartedly after my first batch of homemade noodles a few weeks ago, which was instigated by my lack of noodles in the pantry.

Can't wait to make them again, there was no comparison to anything you buy in the store. Nope, not even Reames. And they aren't hard to make at all. :-)

Bernadette said...

I love cheap/versatile, but how HARD is it to make your own noodles? How long does it take?

MaryRC said...

now thats a really cool gadget! my mom makes noodles lots, ill have to get this for her...

WhisperingWriter said...

Yum.

If I had the patience, I'd totally make my own noodles.

As it is, I have very little patience and will continue to shell out .99 for the already made ones.