Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Making homemade noodles....so easy!

My hubby has been pretty ill the last couple of days.  By 'pretty' I mean it's the type of illness that a woman could get and work through, with it only being a mild annoyance.  But when a man gets this type of illness (a cold) it's a time to shut down shop, can't get out of bed, can't eat, can't breath, can't talk and DEFINITELY can't help take care of the baby type of illness.  But I digress.

So, yesterday my hubby was all sniffly and sad sounding and I remembered I had some extra split chicken breast cooked up and unused in the fridge from my freezer cooking day.  We all know that chicken noodle soup instantly cures you of any illness, so I told my lucky hubaroo I'd make him some.  Luckily, I also had some carrots and celery in the fridge.  So I chopped them up, cooked them a bit, added my chicken broth and chicken, and then I realized I didn't have any egg noodles.  Most people would think about this little hindrance before starting the soup, but not I.  After panicking for about two seconds, I got online and looked up a recipe for homemade noodles.  I'd made them once before, and remembered they weren't much work, but couldn't recall the recipe.  This is funny because all you use is one cup of flour per one egg and then a pinch of salt.  That's seriously it.  I doubled the recipe because I had a nice big pot of chicken and veggies.  It was sooooo easy.  You just combine the ingredients (I found it easier to do with floured hands), throw it down on a floured surface and roll out with a rolling pin.  I then used a knife to cut the dough into 'noodle' sized strips and threw them in my soup mixture.  I had the mixture boiling by now, and in fifteen minutes they were done.  Since the chicken was already cooked and cut up, it honestly only took about 15 minutes to make delicious, homemade chicken noodle soup.  And homemade noodles are so much more tasty than store bought and have a great texture.  I'm glad I didn't have noodles on hand and was forced to make my own because it reminded me of how easy it was.  Now I'm armed and ready to make it again in a couple of years when Emma needs it!