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Monday, November 16, 2020

Great-Grandma's Homemade Egg Noodles (for homemade chicken or turkey and noodles)

These homemade egg noodles are pure comfort food.  My great-grandma made them, then my maw-maw, my mom and now little dude! They are a must have around Thanksgiving, but we also make chicken and noodles at least a time or two throughout the year!

plate of homemade egg noodles, roasted turkey and brussels sprouts

    These homemade egg noodles are perfect for making chicken noodle soup. They are also great for beef and noodles or any variety of comfort foods.  But they are perhaps most famous for showing up as a side dish on our Thanksgiving plates.  No matter how you serve them, they are fun to make and a great project for the family. Nothing tastes as good as homemade!

    Noodles were a staple at my mom's Thanksgiving dinners growing up.  Turkey, stuffing and Thanksgiving noodles were the must haves.  Paw-Paw grew up eating these noodles.  When the hoosier moved to Illinois, the noodles had to come too.

    My Great-Grandma McCallum taught my Maw-Maw to make them after she and Paw-Paw got married.  The Buchsbaums took to them quickly!

    Mom says Thanksgiving was always a big to-do.  The silver had to be polished, the china and crystal came out.  Thanksgiving morning all the grandkids knew what their job was.

     Noodle making!  They had to be spread throughout the kitchen to dry.

cutting homemade egg noodles

     My mom and her siblings used to love getting to visit Indiana as children.  They enjoyed yearly reunions at Turkey Run State Park.  Visiting their grandparents, Omer and Evelyn, in Crawfordsville was always a treat.

    Ed called the area where they lived "Tinkersville."  They had a home on an acre and a half a little south of town.  to the suburban kids, this was real country living.

bowl of chicken and noodle soup with thick dumpling like noodles

     Evelyn (my Great Callum) had a large garden and chickens. She would go get a chicken out of the backyard and fry it.  Scalloped corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, home grown green beans and homemade pies made with lard would finish the menu.

   She was adamant that her pie crusts be made with lard and never butter, and where she got her lard for that pie would always be a topic of conversation.

large turquoise dutch oven filled with chicken noodle soup

     The kids also like their grandparents' house because they had a riding lawn mower, which they had a lot of fun playing with.  One of the favorite things in the house was the cuckoo clock that was brought here from Europe.  The kids would tell their friends they were going to visit their grandma and grandpa at the "cuckoo house."

   My mom remembers once, when she was about ten, Evelyn was out in the garden when one of her neighbors came up to her and hit her over the head with a trowel.  She was getting ready to strike again when my mom chased her back to her house.

    Apparently the dog had gone over into her yard and it made her unhappy.  The ironic thing is that after my mom had chased her home she proceeded to call the police and complain about the dog!

Little Dude spreading out homemade noodles on the coutner

    I remember visiting Great Callum's house in Indiana at least once as a child.  She moved to Florida when Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw did.  I remember her as a sweet woman who took extra peanuts on her Peanut Buster Parfait and ate a little slice off a Snicker's bar for a snack, making one candy bar last for days.

    She just so happened to be in town when we got an unexpected foal from a pony the vet assured us was not pregnant.  My mom thought it was a dalmatian when she first saw it and then exclaimed "it's a baby!"  It's funny how things like that stick out in your head.

     Were you lucky enough to know your great-grandparents?  I had the great fortune of knowing 4 of mine and though they are gone now they live on in our memories and in our kitchens!

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How to Make Homemade Egg Noodles egg noodles are a Thanksgiving tradition in our family. But we also love to make chicken and noodles throughout the year. We love our noodles thick and almost dumpling like with a thick broth, but you can make yours however you like them best! Little Dude will show you how!
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Great-Grandma's Egg noodles

Great-Grandma's Egg noodles

These homemade egg noodles are pure comfort food. My great-grandma made them, then my maw-maw, my mom and now little dude! They are a must have around Thanksgiving, but we also make chicken and noodles at least a time or two throughout the year!
Prep time: 2 H & 20 MCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 2 H & 50 M


  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour (plus additional for rolling)


  1. Mix together eggs, milk and salt. Add flour, a little at a time until it all comes together. You may not use it all.
  2. Let the dough rest for ten minutes.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface and roll out as thin as you can get it. (We actually like our noodles a little thicker, so we leave ours at about 1/8 thick or a bit more. It results in a more dumpling like noodle)
  4. Let the dough rest for 20 more minutes.
  5. Loosely roll dough and cut into strips.
  6. Lay the noodles out and let them dry.
  7. Break them into the size you like.
  8. Place in a pot of boiling stock. I like cook down a little onion, carrot and celery. I then add the stock and bring to a boil. I add the noodles and chunks of chicken or turkey and devour. Sometimes I make it more as a soup, sometime I make it thick like Great Callum's Thanksgiving noodles. They are always good!



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rolling and cutting egg noodles by hand

My mom has a cool noodle cutter.  She came over to help me make noodles and she broke it out!
using a noodle cutting rolling pin to cut the noodles

These homemade egg noodles are pure comfort food.  My great-grandma made them, then my maw-maw, my mom and now little dude! They are a must have around Thanksgiving, but we also make chicken and noodles at least a time or two throughout the year!


  1. My grandma would be so pleased to know that you continue the tradition of making these noodles.

    1. They are a bit of work, but totally worth it!

  2. Hi Carlee, your Great Callum sounds an interesting character and if she could make a Snicker last for days she has my total respect.

    I your Mums cool noodle cutter! I've not made noodles for ages, but when I do I have one of the modern ones with to rollers. Your Mums is so much more practical and straight forward to use!


    1. She has mine too, I can't make a Snickers last an hour ;-) Isn't that cutter cool? My little guy and I used the crank pasta maker on the last batch we made, but it was fun to use the roller version too!

  3. How fun to read the story that goes with the noodles! I make home=made usually once a year after thanksgiving for my soup - but I've never made so many! What a job! I just cut mine with a pizza cutter of all things but that roller is way cool! If I made them more often or in bigger quantity I'd really want a cutter, but even so that's a labor of love!

    1. Luckily I have a little helper who is a great help and has a long attention span! Mom and I made them last year, but this year my little guy and I did it together one morning and had a blast doing it. We used my pasta roller this time, on the thickest setting. He loves to crank it, so we got it done in no time!

  4. This is my favorite kind of noodle. I can remember my mom and grandma making them, and I still do make them. But what is this noodle cutter your mom has? I have never seen that before and think that looks so cool!!

  5. Egg noodles are THE best! My dad used to make them for my brother and I all the time while we were growing up. The texture alone is amazing, there's nothing like them!

    1. They are a bit of work, but SOOO worth it! I think they are the ultimate comfort food!

  6. Well this brought back memories of Grandma McCallum. I remember those noodles, the riding mower, the clock, and most of all the picnics at Turkey Run! Thanks for bringing back some great memories and for sharing this favorite recipe!

  7. Carlee, what fun! I love your multi-generational noodle story! I think I'm the only one in my family who makes homemade pasta.

    1. My little guy loooooooves to make pasta, so I am not along anymore. In fact, I never get to touch the crank!

  8. I've made noodles a few times, and these look good. I'm thinking that I may need to try it.


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