One of the most treasured items that I have from my childhood is my grandma Patty’s pasta maker. I was feeling very sentimental during the holiday season and really missing the traditions of my younger years and spent quite a bit of time thinking about memories made with my aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. All of the reminiscings made me think about that old pasta maker. So I dug it out and announced to the girls that we were going to have some Christmas Eve fun!
When we gathered at our family Christmases when I was a kid we would traditionally have chicken noodle soup or chili. I decided we would continue this tradition in our home, but that we would make our own noodles. We had chicken leftover from a whole chicken that we had roasted and homemade noodles would be the perfect addition to our homegrown chicken for a Christmas dinner of homemade chicken noodle soup.
The girls were excited to get to use the pasta maker and I enjoyed showing them Grandma’s signature on the bottom and telling them how I used to run slices of bread through it just for fun. I have seen grandma’s signature on it several times, but this time it made me wonder why she had it labeled. Did she take it to a large gathering where they made lots of noodles? Maybe a church or family gathering? Not sure, but it did make me wonder.
The girls quickly got in the groove of kneading together our ingredients. My job was to roll the sheets of dough out and then they took turns running the dough through the machine and then laying the noodles on the table to dry. I won’t deny that there were a few arguments over whose turn it was to run the crank on the machine and a bossy older sister telling a younger sister that she wasn’t laying the noodles out correctly, but even with that we still had lots of fun and made some memories.
I have included the recipe that we used for our homemade egg noodles here. We decided to make a double batch so we would have some extras for beef and noodles sometime this winter. Do you have any special meal traditions around the holidays? Have you ever ran a pasta maker?