I always make homemade egg noodles for my chicken noodle soup. You can purchase your favorite noodle, if you want. This just happens to be my favorite noodle for homemade soup. It's just an extra step that will take you about 15 minutes prep time.
The recipe is so simple. You will need all-purpose flour, milk, an egg and salt. That's it!
I like to use a food processor fitted with a metal blade. You can do this by hand and knead the dough, if you would like...but why?
In the bowl of a food process or add the flour.
Add a large pinch of salt.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of milk.
And an egg.
Turn on the food processor and process until the dough forms into a ball. If it doesn't turn into a ball then add more milk 1 teaspoon at a time.
Remove the ball of dough from the food processor.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let set for at least 15 minutes.
This will relax the gluten and make it easier to roll out the noodles.
After the dough has rested, unwrap.
Cut the dough into half.
Coat each half generously with flour.
I'm cheating. I'm using a pasta roller. LOVE it! You can roll this dough out by hand and cut into strips for the noodles. That is how I started making the noodles pre food processor years. It works and isn't that bad to do.
If you have a pasta machine, hooray!
Following the directions from the manufacturer, roll dough beginning at the #1 on the dial.
I continue to roll the noodle dough through the machine until I have reached the #5.
I like a thicker egg noodle. It makes a very hearty soup.
After you have reached your desired thickness, flour the sheet of dough generously with flour on both sides.
Hopefully your machine cuts into fettuccine strips. If it does, roll through to cut the dough into noodles. If you don't have a machine I like to roll the dough up jelly roll style then make slices along the dough to create noodles.
Cut the long strips into shorter noodles. I like my noodles about 4-5 inches in length. You can make your noodles longer or shorter...I don't care.
The finished product! The noodles are now ready to be dropped into the hot simmering soup. It only takes a few minutes for the noodles to cook.
Homemade Egg Noodles
1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
2-3 tablespoons of milk
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add all of the ingredients. Turn the food processor on an process until the dough forms into a ball. If the ball does not form, add more milk 1 teaspoon at a time. Remove from food processor and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow dough to rest to at least 15 minutes. Roll out the dough on a flour surface and cut into strips. Or roll through a pasta machine and cut into strips.
That wasn't so bad! By the time you boil the water and cook purchased "homemade egg noodles", you can have this dough made and the noodles rolled out.
So worth the time.