Now remember, I did not say it's a healthy meal. Neither did I say we were going to eat noodles and mashed potatoes every day. I never fix noodles unless we have company, usually grandchildren. My ex-daughter-in-law came to eat noodles with us last Saturday. This is allowed, because she is the only person in the world who actually wants me to come and live with her if something happens to Cliff. Trust me, that would be a disaster for both of us. But it's nice of her to keep repeating the offer.
And now to explain why noodles and mashed potatoes are a good combination:
Before I make noodles, I boil some chicken, take it out of the broth and remove the skin, debone it, and toss it back in the pot. I usually use three or four chicken leg quarters, but the amount doesn't matter. Just so it's enough to make delicious chicken broth. Please don't buy that chicken broth you get at the store that comes in cans or boxes; it doesn't hold a candle to home-made.
I add enough water to make a LOT of broth, because broth is what makes the mashed potatoes so good when you put the noodles over them. My oldest granddaughter, the picky one, is the noodle addict. She doesn't like the broth at all; she takes a slotted spoon and gets noodles only. Unless there is pumpkin pie for dessert, she eats nothing but noodles, no matter what else is on the table.
Because of the amount of flour used in the process of making noodles, the broth thickens up almost like gravy. I'm sorry you northern folks don't understand why anybody would put noodles on their mashed potatoes; I will be sure and not make any mashed potatoes when I make noodles for you. But let me warn you that without potatoes, the broth is going to run all over the place and soak into any other food on your plate. It will be a mess. Have fun with that.
By the way, what kind of grandma worries about carbs or calories or rules when she is cooking for her grandchildren? Sheesh. It is the parent's job to keep the children healthy; it is GRANDMA'S job to spoil them.
My mom's noodle recipe is HERE. You will find me sharing my noodle memories HERE.