Monday, October 15, 2018

How to Make Homemade Noodles from Scratch

It's chilly outside and I'm all about the soups! One of my favorites is chicken noodle soup, with homemade noodles.

The art of making noodles has pretty much disappeared in our convenience driven world. Don't get me wrong - I buy noodles. In fact, the only time I make noodles is when I make chicken noodle soup. Because there's something special about a warm bowl of chicken soup with noodles made from scratch.... I just can't bring myself to make chicken soup without them.

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How to Make Homemade Noodles from Scratch

Guess what? Making noodles is not hard! You don't need fancy equipment. {although it would be awesome to have} You don't need any special culinary skills. You only need 3 ingredients and some time.

This recipe was handed down from my grandma to my mom to me. I'm going to share the noodle part of the recipe today and the chicken soup part of the recipe later this week. I've shared many of my grandma's recipes on the blog. One Bowl Brownies, Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies and Corn Chowder are just a few that I make often.

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Making Noodles from Scratch

I'm going to walk you through it step-by-step. I make a very large batch, but you can cut the recipe in half or even thirds, if you are feeding just a few people.

Begin with 6 eggs and 1 1/2 t. salt.
eggs for homemade noodles

Whisk until combined.

eggs for homemade noodles

Add 3 1/4 - 4 1/2 c. flour.  Use a wooden spoon to stir in the flour. I add about a cup at a time, and continue adding until dough is VERY stiff, and there is no possible way to add more flour.

add flour to make a stiff dough

Dust the counter with flour and then knead the dough.

noodle dough ready to roll out

As you are kneading, continue to add more flour so that there are no sticky spots.

We will be rolling it out next, so make sure a wide area of the counter is sprinkled with flour.

noodle dough

Roll it out as thin as you possibly can. You will have to be patient. The dough doesn't want to stretch, and you will have to work with it for a while.
 If you are having trouble, get it as thin as you can. Then let it rest for a few minutes, before rolling more.

noodle dough rolled out

Once rolled out, it needs to dry out. I lay out some wire racks and place the dough on top. The longer it dries out the better. The minimum time is 1 hour. But I find better results with leaving it out several hours.  I generally make the dough mid morning or right after lunch, then let it dry until dinner time.

Even though the dough is raised off the counter, the bottom does not dry out as well as the top. So I flip it over once or twice throughout the day to let the opposite side air out as well.

letting noodle dough dry out

When it's time to use the noodles, they will need to be cut. I cut them in thin strips with a pizza cutter.

noodles made from scratch - cut into strips

I try to cut them evenly, but the beauty of homemade noodles is that they are imperfect.

homemade noodles cut into strips

Once cut, place them in the boiling soup. Cook for 15-20 minutes in the soup.

noodles made from scratch

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Learn to make homemade noodles with just 3 ingredients. No fancy equipment required. Noodles from scratch are easy to make, and taste amazing in a pot of chicken soup.

Homemade Noodles

Homemade Noodles

Servings: 12
Author: Rachel Nielsen
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 40 Min
There's something special about a warm bowl of chicken soup with noodles made from scratch...


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 3 1/4 - 4 1/2 c. flour


  1. Whisk the eggs and salt.
  2. Add flour 1 cup at a time, until dough is VERY thick.
  3. Knead on a floured surface, adding more flour until there are no sticky spots.
  4. Roll out very thin.
  5. Let dry at least an hour, or up to 8 hours. I lay them out on wire racks.
  6. Cut into strips.
  7. Add to boiling soup (or water) and cook 15-20 minutes.


This recipe makes a LOT. Feel free to half the recipe if you don't need as much.

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  1. I was fascinated reading how you make your noodles. My favorite memory is eating homemade noodles in Iowa on a trip when I was 16. They were the best food I'd ever eaten. I'm going to try to make them.

  2. Wow, I'm definitely trying this. I had no idea it could be so simple!
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty link Parry. Pinned.

  3. That's a lot easier than I thought it would be! How nice that you have recipes handed down from your grandmother! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

  4. There is nothing like homemade noodles, these look so delicious I can almost taste them. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Your noodles look wonderful and I'm inspired to give them a try myself! Where I live egg noodles can be hard to come by. I've pinned your post and shared to my Almost Meatless Recipes group on Facebook, too. Thanks for joining us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

  6. Sounds so easy mom used to make this I think I give it a try think you for the recipe

  7. Is it possible to make a large batch and freeze them?

    1. I have never tried freezing noodles. I found this article that explains how to do it:

  8. I am making noodles for chicken alfredo... Would these work for that? If so, do I just boil in water?


    1. It should work for chicken alfredo. Yes, boil in water for 15-20 minutes.

  9. It should work for chicken alfredo. Yes, boil in water for 15-20 minutes.

  10. Any suggestions for keeping my cat away from my dough while it is drying?! lol

    1. Haha, I don't have any indoor pets, so I hadn't thought of that. But I can see how it would be a problem. Maybe you could place an upside down laundry basket on top of it. It would still let the air through to dry, but hinder the cat from getting to it.