Family Recipes: Fat Noodles

Aubrey’s family has been making fat noodles for generations, and I had never heard of such a thing. Her great grandma would make them every Sunday for dinner. Her family would often ask for this dish to be their birthday dinner. They do not often make this for guests because they don’t usually appreciate this dish (my family didn’t) and it takes a long time to make it. It is a very humble meal and very good. I have come to love it since joining the family.

Fat Noodles are similar in some ways to chicken soup; except that the noodles are extremely large and fat.


    2 Cornish game hens or 1 young chicken
    1 dozen eggs
    8 to 10 cups flour
    1 cup of water
    1 tbsp. salt; 1 – 2 tbsp. salt
    chicken broth
    Fill stock pot with enough water to cover the chicken. Add 1 tbsp. salt. Place chicken in water and bring to a boil. When chicken is done, (about 1 1/2 to 3 hours) remove from water. Remove meat from carcass and put in a separate pan.
    When chicken is almost ready begin making the noodles. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, water, and a tbsp. salt. Begin adding flour to mixing bowl. You will want to use the dough hook attachment for your mixer. When dough is still slightly sticky, but manageable stop adding flour; typically between 8 and 10 cups.
    Put sheets of waxed paper on counter. Put flour on the waxed paper and pour some of the dough onto the waxed paper. Sprinkle some flour on top and pat down dough into a layer about 1/4 inch thick. Put flour on a knife and cut the dough into strips. Then cut the strips into 3 to 3 1/2 inch pieces.
    Bring the broth (water chicken was cooked in) to a boil. Add more chicken broth for extra flavor. Add a few noodles at a time to the broth. They will float to the surface when they are almost ready. When they are done, they will look white. Place cooked noodles in same pan as the chicken meat. Continue making noodles until the dough is gone. If you begin to run out of broth to cook the noodles, you can add more water or chicken broth to the pot. Taste cooked noodles as you go along. You may need to add some more salt to the broth, so the noodles do not taste bland. It is okay if you get some extra flour in the broth. It makes the broth a little thicker.
    When the noodles are done, pour the remaining broth over the noodles and chicken. Serve in a bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.

Fat Noodles taste even better as left overs.