Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Grandma's Old Fashioned Italian Homemade Pasta Egg Noodle Recipe

I was six years old when I can first remember grandma making me help put the strands of noodles on the back of a chair to help her. Amazing these strands of dough ended up being one of the most favorite homemade pasta's I can ever remember. But this was an art. I didn't have the knack that she had or patience. She could roll that dough out to perfection every time. I never seem to get this down to a science, I usually fight with the dough. I know practice makes perfect. Then, I tried the pasta machine, that was much more uniform and professional looking, however, I hated taking it out, cleaning it later, so back to cutting I went. Old fashioned and stubborn. Taurus is my sign, and very true.

Although they don't all come out the same length and size, they taste the same. So I don't care. Its worth all the fuss, mess, and time. I love these little strands of golden tender pasta dough. Always a treat. Every batch I cut was a little different its not easy to get them all the same size.




I have made both with and without semolina, my opinion is the semolina comes a little lighter in texture. Both are very good recipes. I tend to make the one without the semolina since I don't keep it in the house all the time. This happens to be with the semolina, and the first recipe on the post below as all the pictures reflect .

The dough will stretch easier if you let it rest, that's the secret she use to tell me and get it thin. Semolina will have a bumpier looking dough because of the grain.


Old Fashioned Grandma's Egg Noodles
2 cups semolina flour
2 cups flour
6 eggs, well beaten
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon salt

If mixing by hand, mix 2 flours together and make a hill of flour on a clean board. Make a well in center of the flour. Beat eggs in a large bowl and add in olive oil and salt. Pour egg mixture into flour. With your hands,mix flours and liquids together and knead until you have a ball of dough., I use my kitchenaide mixer and start with the flour first. Add cold water to moisten dough, if too dry. Dough should be firm not sticky. Add more semolina if its sticky a little at a time. Make dough into shape of tennis ball size and wrap individually, this will be easier to roll out when ready. I find that smaller portions are easier to cut and manage. Cover with plastic wrap and allow pasta dough balls to rest 45 minutes to an hour. This will help the dough while stretching and rolling it out to make it easier.
To roll: Use one ball of dough at a time. Keep others underneath a covered bowl wrapped until ready to roll. Roll out on a slightly floured surface, first in one direction, then in the other to form a rectangle. When the sheet is almost translucent, it is ready to be cut.
To cut: Dust the sheets with flour to prevent any sticking. Use only one sheet at a time, keeping the others covered. Roll the dusted sheet loosely from the edge like a jelly roll. With a sharp knife cut the roll into thin slices, (1/8 inch for angel hair style or 1/4 inch for fettuccine). Unroll each noodle carefully, and place flat on a dish towel or on the back of a high back chair. Hang until ready to cook. Boil in salt water till they float to the top do not over cook. I have never saved any, we always cook them fresh.
This is a quick egg noodle recipe for two people, quick and easy to add to soup, or add sauce to, less time consuming, and no semolina. noodles are great with this dough. Use same method as above instructions for cutting.
For dough:
2/3 c flour
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp water if needed
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
Mix all the dough ingredients together starting with the eggs and flour. We need to make a well in the middle of the flour and drop in the eggs in the center. Combine it all together with the flour using your hands. Add the oil. Use the water if the dough is too dry. Knead for about 5-10 minutes. Then we wrap it in cloth and let it sit for an hour. This will help the dough when stretching.
Roll, cut and hang till ready to cook. Proceed as above instructions. Boil in salted water and stir and keep the noodles separated. They are cooked when they float to the top, drain and serve with your favorites sauce.

28 comments:

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

I have yet to try my hand at pasta making....but intend to someday!

Patsyk said...

I adore homemade pasta! I really need to do it again soon, as even my oldest son prefers it to the dried pasta I always have on hand. Looks fantastic!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Great recipe and a slice of history too. Fond memories of family and food last a lifetime.

Bon appetite!
CCR
=:~)

Emily Ziegler said...

I loooooove this! And the recounting of a childhood memory!!

I want to try this recipe as soon as I'm back home from the USVI. I love making homemade noodles and this looks fool-proof and delicious :-)

Claudia said...

Homemade pasta is in my future this week - keeping this handy - it has just the ease I need these days - and they do melt in your mouth. I love the photos of the hanging pasta.

MaryMoh said...

This looks quite like making Chinese noodles. It's a lot of work but fun to make. I love to see that rough lump of dough turn out into long strings of noodles. Home made pasta or noodles are the best. They taste very different from store bought ones. It's along time I have not made them. Maybe time to make again.

redkathy said...

WOW these look amazing! My mom used to made homemade egg noodles too. Old fashioned and stubborn is good and it looks as though being such paid off!

Ruth said...

Its so wonderful to see and read so much love that has gone into making beautiful pasta from scratch. Looks and sounds perfect! We're very lucky that you're a Taurus lol

Michael's Kitchen said...

Oh you all are good, I've made pasta before and it's always been good but I think it was more like luck, The way you presented this, this is great..... thank you ,

Mother Rimmy said...

Lucky you to have such wonderful memories! The pasta is lovely. Loved this blog post. :)

Jhonny walker said...

I am happy buying pasta from stores..but I never realized how much goes into it. And homemade pasta must be heavenly. I love the bit of background there as well.

I use semolina for a different type of food..I never realized it could be made such :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a wonderful family recipe, Claudia. There really is nothing like tender, homemade pasta.

5 Star Foodie said...

Wonderful memories and wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing with us!

Cinda said...

Oh there's something so special about homemade pasta...all the love and time to make them just makes it even tastier!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Don't you just love grandmas? I know I miss mine, even after all these years :( You are a wonder Claudia - I can't commit to making pasta LOL But I'm glad you do and show us how :)

I Sicilian said...

Making home made pasta is so much easier than most people think. Everyone should try it. I have tried it with whole grain flours too, for a little different spin and it is also successful. Glad you posted this recipe, more and more food bloggers should teach the basics of cooking.

Drick said...

just great looking noodles and since it's homemade and family - I know it's a really good recipe ... don't know if I have the patience, or time - so when do you find yours...LOL

AppleC said...

I really should try making homemade pasta again. I've only done it once, then bought the pasta attachment for my mixer. I bet the taste is out of this world.

Skylar Wolfe said...

I love egg noodles, they just taste so fresh and wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Tania said...

Homemade pasta is better than dried pasta! Beautiful post Claudia!

citronetvanille said...

I don't like pasta machines and much prefer to roll it by hand! great job Claudia! and yes grandmas know better! nothing compares to homemade pasta!

Trix said...

Wow, never done it without a pasta "machine" thing - doing it by hand really is an art. Beautiful!

The Food Hunter said...

nothing beats homemade pasta.

Emily Malloy (formerly Ziegler) said...

Fantastic! Making pasta by hand is so challenging! I've done it once! Took me 5 hours. Haha. Slow process for me:-)

alison said...

you remembered me about my grannie,every time she made noodles for our soup...i miss her so much!
your dish looks perfect!

Greg said...

Thanks! My dad always made homemade noodles and I have wanted a good recipe for years, this will become my recipe now.

Sarah Cron said...

Thank you! I made this today. My first time making homemade noodles! New family favorite!!!

Sarah Cron said...

New family favorite! My first time making noodles :)