Homemade Egg Noodles

Easy Homemade Egg Noodles take all your favorite noodle recipes to the next level! 

homemade egg noodles piled on a plate

Several years back I posted my family’s recipe for Homemade Amish Chicken and Noodles. It’s one of the simplest, most comforting recipes I know, made by cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker, then boiling the meat and broth together with egg noodles until the mixture is just slightly soupy and oh so savory. Our family serves the noodles over a pile of mashed potatoes for the ultimate cozy, satisfying meal or holiday side dish. Exhibit A:

a plate full of homemade chicken and noodles with a fork

Back then, I had no idea those simple chicken and noodles would become one of the most popular recipes on my site. It turns out this combo is much beloved in places throughout the Midwest. I have received comments from people in Illinois to Kansas, and have loved hearing how many of you have fond memories of your grandmothers making this special dish.

Of course, when I first shared this recipe, I also had no idea how many people would find my use of store bought egg noodles downright offensive. Many of you grew up making your own egg noodles and couldn’t imagine using anything else.

I grew up in an area with several local farm markets which sold Amish style egg noodles, so my family always *gasp* bought our egg noodles locally. Truth be told, I never really thought to do anything else.

However, after so many of you told me how much better homemade egg noodles are, I decided it was time to give it a try. I pulled out two of my favorite Amish and Mennonite cookbooks and scoured my own comment section for family recipes readers had shared.

What are Homemade Egg Noodles made of?

As it turns out, making your own noodles isn’t very difficult, even for a complete novice like me! It requires only three staple ingredients: eggs, flour, and salt plus a little water.

It takes about 20 minutes of hands on time to whip up a batch of noodles, but I’m sure with practice, you could probably make them even faster. I put together a quick tutorial to help you through the process, so you can enjoy truly made from scratch noodles any time the craving hits.

How to Make Homemade Egg Noodles

1. Start by whisking together 3 egg yolks, 1 whole egg, a few Tablespoons of cold water, and a teaspoon of salt.

overview of the ingredients for homemade egg noodles, eggs and flour and a whisk2. Add the mixture to a bowl with 2 cups of flour and use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture together until a shaggy dough forms, adding additional water until it comes together.

homemade egg noodles being made, flour and egg being whisked together in a bowl

homemade egg noodle dough in a bowl

3. At this point, the dough will likely be pretty sticky. Turn it out onto a well floured surface, sprinkle a little flour on top, and use well-floured hands to knead the dough until a smooth ball forms. (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the smooth ball–you’ll have to trust me on that one).

Divide the dough into two balls and place them on a well floured surface. Flour a rolling pin, and roll the dough out as thin as possible. If the dough springs back when you try to roll it, let it rest for 5-10 minutes, then try again.

Homemade egg noodle dough rolled thin

4. Once rolled out, the dough will need to sit and dry for about 40 minutes to 1 hour, or until slightly dry, but still pliable. From here you can use a pizza cutter to cut strips to your desired width, or roll the dough up jelly roll style and cut with a pizza cutter (I find it easier to get straight, even cuts with this method). If you want shorter noodles, cut the circle in half before rolling up.

5. From there, lay out the strips on a cooling rack and allow to dry completely.

Homemade Egg noodle dough rolled up and cut into strips

6. Once the pasta is dry, it can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month, or, drop the noodles straight into boiling broth to make the best Amish chicken and noodles.

Pile of homemade egg noodles on a plate

After making my own noodles, I can honestly say it DOES make a difference, and they are better than store bought. And I was pleasantly surprised how easy they are to make. Seriously, ANYONE can do this!

However, I’ll probably still rely on good quality store bought egg noodles for days I don’t have the extra hour and a half to make and dry my own. For special occasions, or when I really want to pull out all the stops, it’ll be homemade noodles from here on out. I can’t wait to try them in my 30 Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup!

Wondering what to do with your leftover egg whites? Check out my collection of Leftover Egg White Recipes!

pile of homemade amish egg noodles on a plate

Homemade Egg Noodles

This simple recipe yields rich homemade egg noodles.
4.6 from 70 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 287kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 - 5 Tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  • Whisk together the egg yolks and egg until lightened in color. Whisk in 3 Tablespoons water and salt. Add the egg mixture to the flour and work together with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough begins to form. If the mixture is too dry, add an additional Tablespoon or two of water until it comes together. At some point, you'll likely find the spoon isn't cutting it and you'll want to turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and use your hands to knead the dough until smooth, about five to ten minutes.
  • Re-flour your surface if needed, then divide the dough into two balls. Using a floured rolling pin, roll each dough ball out into a thin circle. Allow the dough to dry until no longer sticky but still pliable, about 40 minutes to 1 hour. From here you can either use a pizza cutter to cut long strips to the desired width, or roll each circle up like a jelly roll (I roll starting on the long end) and cut using the pizza cutter. I find the rolling method easier to get even strips, but it's totally personal preference.
  • Lay cut strips out on a cooling rack to dry completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. When ready to cook, drop into boiling water and cook for 10-12 minutes or until soft but still a tad chewy (NOTE: cooking time will vary based on the width and length of your egg noodles). This recipe makes a perfect amount for a big batch of my Amish Chicken and Noodles or a large pot of chicken noodle soup.

Notes

  • Makes 12-14 ounces of fresh noodles.
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword egg noodles, egg yolks, homemade egg noodles, homemade noodles

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg
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31 Comments

  1. My mother made noodles before church on Sundays. She laid a linen towel over the back of a wooden kitchen chair and lightly draped the cut noodles to dry there. The towel kept the noodles from sliding off. When home from church the noodles were cooked in the broth made from chicken ‘leavings’ (neck, back, inners and wing tips) and served over mashed potatoes along side of the fried chicken from the meaty parts of the bird. Such a delicious Sunday dinner she gave us.

  2. Can can you add Crisco or butter to enhance the flavor. My grandma used to use Crisco like a tablespoon to a very similar recipe as this. I’m wanting to try it what do you think. And how much would you add.

  3. I used this recipe this year at Thanksgiving and cooked them in the turkey broth. Everyone loved them, even my husband who doesn’t like noodles much. This is now my go-to homemade noodle recipe. I made another batch today to give to my 101-year-old mother who still loves to cook. (Rolling out the noodles is too much for her now.) Thanks!

  4. My recipe for sweet noodle pudding (baked with ricotta, sour cream, cream cheese, eggs, sugar and cinnamon) calls for a 12-oz bag of store-bought egg noodles. What amount of ingredients should l use to substitute homemade noodles? Thanks.

  5. Thank you for this delicious recipe! My husband just loves noodles, so I really appreciate your help! I have made many noodles in the past and have even cooked them right after cutting them without letting them dry. They seemed to cook just as well but were a bit on the doughy side. However, they still tasted good and my husband loved them. I am sure he will like these even more, so thank you!
    Diane Pankratz
    Tooele, Utah

    1. I have not tried either of these, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend coconut flour, as it soaks up a lot more liquid than traditional flour.

  6. Here in NW Ohio/NE Indiana, we use fresh Duck eggs instead of chicken eggs to make the flavor a little richer. Definitely does the trick 👍

  7. Here in NW Ohio/BE Indiana, we use fresh Duck eggs instead of chicken eggs to make the flavor a little richer. Definitely does the trick 👍

  8. 5 stars
    I grew up with home made egg noodles. I remember them being rolled out paper thin to dry. It took up our whole kitchen table. Then Mom rolled them up and cut them about 1/4″ thick. I got the pleasure of unrolling them and dropping them in the hot chicken and broth while standing on a chair. Such wonderful memories. My son’s 34 and he has never had home-made. I feel so guilty now. But he will very soon. Thank you for bringing back memories.

    1. Whoa! Thanks for catching that. Something really wonky happened there, but it should be all fixed now! Please let me know if you still can’t see the egg noodle recipe.

  9. This is almost how I make mine My recipe comes from my mom.Its a family recipe I use 3 eggs adding 1 tablespoon of milk per egg or 3 tablespoon any kind Of milk will do. And continue just like you do yours

    1. I love hearing about everyone’s family recipes. This definitely seems to be one that’s passed down.

    1. 5 stars
      My family will leave them out to dry completely – however ours are a bit thinner. But tossing them in flour and storing in freezer bag in the freezer is better than fridge. Since they’re still soft in the fridge they seem to absorb more of the flour and will stick together.

  10. Hi Courtney. These noodles look so delicious and your instructions make it sound like even I might be able to make them. One question; If I’m going to make them and then put them into a recipe on the same day (like your recipe for the Amish Chicken and Noodles), do I still have to wait for them to dry first?

    1. They don’t have to be completely dry, but should be dry enough that they aren’t sticking together!

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