Charles’ homemade Hungarian noodles called ‘nokedli’ are a true favourite of ours. We love pairing them with Chicken Paprikash, but can be enjoyed in soups, stews or with your favourite pasta sauces!
Charles and I have a few special recipes that are extra near and dear to our hearts. This is definitely one of them! This recipe is straight from one of Charles’ Hungarian family recipe books, and is one of my favourites to both eat and watch him make (nothing sexier than a man who knows his way around the kitchen).
We had the chance to meet his family for the very first time on our honeymoon in Hungary, where we got to experience authentic food cooked meals by his aunt over a fire. Those special memories we keep alive by cooking those timeless recipes in our own home!
How To Make Hungarian Noodles
Charles makes it look SO easy, but trust me it actually is. You will need a noodle (nokedli) maker, which you can get for under $20 online! I understand that these are essentially the same as German Spätzle noodles in case you were wondering. Using the noodle maker, slowly add small amounts of dough, sliding the cutter back and fourth creating fresh tender noodles. The big tip here is to work quickly! Boil for only about 3-4 minutes until the noodles float then drain and serve.
Charles Chicken Paprikash
If you know anything about me let it be that I LOVE it when Charles cooks for me. His Chicken Paprikash is a traditional Hungarian dish that Charles has perfected over the years. He is known for it, and when we are entertaining, it is the most requested meal by a landslide. Chicken thighs are braised in a mild tomato-based sauce that is simmered and blended with a touch of sour cream and perfect amount of Hungarian paprika to round out the dish. And quite possibly the best part are these homemade noodles as the base. They truly make the perfect pair!
What To Serve with Nokedli
Of course try these with Charles Chicken Paprikash recipe, but these would also be great in SO many other ways! Us these homemade noodles in dishes like soups, stews or with your favourite pasta sauce. You could substitute for these noodles in Chicken Noodle Soup, use on the bottom of a hearty Chicken Cacciatore, or serve as the base of this Lentil Stew!
Hungarian Noodles (Nokedli)
Hungarian Noodles (Nokedli)
Homemade Hungarian noodles called ‘nokedli’ are both simple to make and impressive! We love pairing them with chicken paprikash, but you could enjoy in soups, stews or with your favourite pasta sauce!
- 3 cups flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ cups water
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a medium bowl whisk together all of the ingredients.
Once the water is boiling, place the noodle maker on top of the pot with the square sliding section facing upwards. Add a small amount (about ¼-1/3 cup) of the dough to the centre sliding section of the noodle maker and slide it back and forth, allowing a small amount of the dough to push through (and get cut off as it slides back and forth), creating noodles.
Continue with the remainder of the dough, working quickly. Boil for 3-4 minutes, until the noodles float. Drain and serve immediately (you may want to toss them in a bit of oil to prevent them from sticking together).