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BUTTERED NOODLES INSPIRED BY COMMUNITY

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1 h 40 min

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9,600,737 views  This week, we're double-dipping in the world of Dan Harmon's lovable, irreverent collegiate caricature: Community. I'm here to defend the "weird" favorite food of Abed Nadir: buttered noodles. Yes, that impossibly plain side dish/cafeteria filler/thing you eat when you're sick. With a few simple tricks, we can upgrade this ubiquitous underdog into something worth making all on its own.

4 servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the  Minute Buttered Noodles

5 For the Minute Buttered Noodles

box egg noodles

1 box egg noodles

Water

Water

unsalted butter

2 tbsp unsalted butter

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

For the  Minute (Better) Buttered Noodles

15 For the Minute (Better) Buttered Noodles

box high end supermarket pasta

1 box high end supermarket pasta

Gourmet butter

Gourmet butter

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Pasta water

Pasta water

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

For the Butter from Scratch

For the Butter from Scratch

heavy cream

4 cups heavy cream

cultured buttermilk

½ cup cultured buttermilk

European butter

European butter

For the Homemade Pasta

For the Homemade Pasta

00 flour

12 ½ oz 00 flour

rye flour

3 ¼ oz rye flour

kosher salt

2 tsp kosher salt

large eggs

3 large eggs

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the 5 Minute Buttered Noodles

1.

Start by bringing a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles and remove from the heat once tender.

box egg noodles

1 box egg noodles

Water

Water

2.

Drain the noodles and rinse with tap water before adding the noodles back to the pot. Add unsalted butter, a pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

unsalted butter

2 tbsp unsalted butter

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

3.

Mix until the butter has completely melted and the seasoning has mixed evenly across the noodles.

4.

For the 15 Minute (Better) Buttered Noodles

1.

Start by bringing an oval-shaped dutch oven of slightly salted water to a boil and then add the high-end pasta. **Use slightly less water to make sure the water is extra starchy.

2.

Once the pasta is done, put aside about ½ cup of the water and then drain the pasta. Return it to the warm pot and do not rinse.

box high end supermarket pasta

1 box high end supermarket pasta

3.

Add the unsalted gourmet butter, the pasta water, and a generous pinch of kosher salt.

Gourmet butter

2 tbsp Gourmet butter

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Pasta water

¼ cup Pasta water

4.

Give it all a rigorous stir until everything is completely dissolved and mixed together.

5.

For the Homemade Butter

1.

Start by combining heavy cream with cultured buttermilk, whisking to combine then covering to let sit out at room temperature for 24 hours.

heavy cream

4 cups heavy cream

cultured buttermilk

½ cup cultured buttermilk

2.

After 24 hours, dump the mixture (which is now creme fraiche) into a stand mixer along with equal parts of room temperature European butter and whip together until all the milk fat separates from the newly minted buttermilk, should only take 15 seconds.

European butter

European butter

3.

Once a butter lump is formed, wash it in ice water 4-5 times until the water squeezed out of the butter runs clear. Squeeze out as much water as possible then place it in the fridge.

4.

For the Homemade Pasta

1.

In a large bowl add 80% double zero flour , 20% rye flour, kosher salt, and large eggs. Beat together using a fork and knead for 8-10 minutes.

00 flour

12 oz 00 flour

rye flour

3 ¼ oz rye flour

kosher salt

2 tsp kosher salt

large eggs

3 large eggs

2.

Place the dough in a Ziploc bag or cover with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

3.

After 30 minutes, cut the dough into smaller pieces then run through a pasta roller 3-4 times. Make sure to fold into thirds after each time through.

4.

Once the desired thinness has been reached, run the thin sheet of pasta through a pasta cutter set for fettuccine style pasta.

5.

On a well-floured rimmed baking sheet, drape the pasta into small nests and give each nest a nice dusting of flour.

6.

For the Homemade Buttered Noodles Cooking

1.

Once ready to cook, place the pasta into a large pot of a small amount of boiling water and let it cook for 90 seconds. During the 90 seconds, make sure to keep a saute pan warm, not hot.

For the Homemade Pasta

For the Homemade Pasta

2.

After 90 seconds, place the cooked pasta into the warm saute pan along with homemade butter, pasta water, a pinch of kosher salt, and mixing together rigorously.

For the Butter from Scratch

For the Butter from Scratch

Pasta water

¼ cup Pasta water

kosher salt

pinch kosher salt

3.

Once the butter sauce has reached an Alfredo-like consistency, place on a plate with a dollop of the creme fraiche, an optional grating of brewers yeast, and enjoy.

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