Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The makings of winter soup with homemade noodles on the wood cook stove...

Nothing can seem more comforting on a cold winter day than a hot bowl of soup with homemade noodles!  I started making these easy noodles a few years ago and now after the family loves the taste as well as myself, we cannot go back to store bought noodles.  These noodles are easy to make, inexpensive, healthy and preservative free!

I adapted this recipe from The Encyclopedia of Country Living and an online recipe to make our own recipe.  You can always add an extra egg and then more flour to get your consistency just right...

 Maple Valley Farm Whole Wheat Noodles: 
1 1/2 Cups organic whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Cups unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp. unrefined pink salt or any unrefined salt
2 tsp. olive oil
4 farm fresh eggs


Mix the above dry ingredients together well.  Now add 2 tsp. olive oil.  Mix well to make the dough wet.  Slowly add the eggs, 1 at a time to form a stiff dough.  Knead the dough until very stiff on a floured board.  Be sure to wear an apron.  (I created this one from scraps of vintage materials) When dough has reached the desired consistency cover air tight for about a half hour and let the dough "relax" a bit
Now, section the dough into smaller pieces and then roll out with a rolling pin and put through a noodle press to flatten to desired consistency.  We purchased our noodle press at a tag sale in Leelanau while at our cottage -$6-.  If you do not have a pasta maker/noodle press, simply roll out your dough and cut into the sizes you would like.
Now put your flattened noodle dough through the noodle press
separate and then hang your fresh noodles (try not to steal a taste of the great dough) on hangers and place up high to dry...
Noodles can be dropped into boiling water or broth after 15 minutes of drying time.  Cook them for about 4 minutes or when noodles rise to the top of the pot, they are ready. 

Now, this week we butchered our own hog and made it into sausage and more.  Here is where I am making a hot stock pot of winter soup.  Cook your homemade sausage thoroughly first.

 Saute some fresh vegetables, like carrots, celery, garlic, onions and herbs in butter.  Add some fresh creme to your stock (we added all of this to our pork stock).  Simmer well...  Now add your fresh noodles to the broth for about 4 minutes...
 And here is the finished hearth winter soup from Maple Valley Farms...  I heard no complaints as everyone was scarfing it down. Enjoy!   
What are you having for supper tonight?  Do tell...

10 comments:

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Venison pot roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes. French boule. Green salad with homemade bleu cheese dressing. And a side of homemade grassfed beef liver pate...perfect spread on the crusty french bread!

We do love homemade noodles here! They are so easy to throw together, and you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Jake and Katy said...

We had shrimp and black bean rice in tomato sauce with a side of green beans. Not exactly down home country, but tasty! Your soup looks just like my grandma's that I can only enjoy in my taste bud memory because I can't duplicate it. Maybe this will be close!

Tim said...

OK I'm hungry again! LOL I love soup. The thought of homemade sausage just makes me drool.

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Today I am making homemade noodles becaue of YOU. Thank you for the great post.

April said...

Sounds good. Your noodle recipe is very different from mine, which only uses the egg yolks. Since mine only uses the yolk, when I make noodles, we also have angelfood cake which only uses the whites.
Tonight the husband is cooking!! He is making stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat.

I am looking forward to a bunch of your farm photos as the farm comes to like with spring!!

Renata said...

This sounds wonderful Ang. We've only ever made fresh pasta & not allowed it to dry before ~ how long does it keep?
Your dinner looks delicious as well!
Blessings
Renata:)

Astra said...

oh i sooooo want one of those pasta maker machines! it looks awesome! we are using up our freezer at the min so we can defrost it so its not so exciting, chips beans and eggs for us

Peggy said...

I love fresh noodles and am going to give yours a try! We had baked lemon pepper chicken, roasted potatoes and carrots, green peas, and yeast rolls for supper last night. Noodles for soup sounds like a good idea for this chilly nights meal.

KXJ said...

Wow! This looks fantastic! Can't wait until all of our belongings arrive so I can have my cooking stuff and first thing I'm trying is those noodles.

KXJ said...

Wow! It looks so good. I can't wait until our stuff arrives from Africa so I can cook again. Movers scheduled to come Nov 19th. xo

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