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Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls

An easy favorite comfort food recipe – Ramen Noodle Bowls are a crazy tasty 15-minute dinner. Everyone can build their own bowl with their favorite mix-ins and toppings.

chopsticks holding noodles over homemade ramen noodle bowls

You know those days when both you and your husband are sick? And there are two kids running around the house?

One of you is barely able to sit on the couch without falling asleep because blinking is so exhausting. One of you still has to prepare meals, keep the house standing, and wrangle the kids.

When you’re in that position, you need a quick meal that is delicious, nourishing, and easy enough to throw together while your sinuses are attempting to murder you. You need some ramen.

But you don’t need the 2,700 mg of sodium that comes with the cheap packaged stuff.

What Kind of Noodles Do You Use For Ramen?

Your choices are pretty endless; there are so many great options! Udon noodles are a thick and chewy noodle which will add extra hardiness to your soup. Soba noodles are made with buckwheat and will add a bit of nuttiness to your ramen noodle bowl.

You could also easily buy your favorite brand of ramen soup, ditch the flavoring packet, and just use the noodles. I buy the Lotus Foods brand from Costco because the price is fantastic (cheaper in person). They also happen to be gluten-free so if that is your jam, check them out.

How to Make Easy Ramen Broth

There are loads of homemade broth recipes that can make your ramen noodle bowls rival those of an authentic noodle house. But, if you’re like me and live in a wee little town with a #basicAF grocery store, many of those items can’t be purchased locally.

For these homemade ramen noodle bowls, we’re rocking:

  • broth of your choice* (veggie, beef, pork, shrimp, or chicken (related: How to Make Chicken Bone Broth))
  • soy sauce (use coconut aminos or tamari for gluten-free peeps)
  • toasted sesame oil (heaven in a bottle)
  • Miso paste (white, yellow, or red. Basically, whatever you can find)
  • Minced garlic

If you don’t want to make your own homemade bone broth, check out this post on where to buy bone broth. In a very dorky move on my part, I’ve created a free download where you can compare protein and sodium content as well as the price per ounce for various brands. #nerdalert

How to Make Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls

In a large pot, bring your broth to a boil. Add the soy sauce, garlic, miso, and sesame oil. Cook for two minutes to soften the garlic.

Add the noodles, reduce to medium heat. Use a fork to start breaking them apart after 1 minute. Cook for 3 minutes for “al dente” noodles, or 4 minutes for a more thoroughly cooked noodle.

two photos showing broth cooking with noodles for homemade ramen noodle bowls

Transfer to bowls and add your favorite toppings! Slurp happy my friends.

Ramen Toppings

broth, miso paste, and other ingredients for ramen noodle bowls

Gosh, there are so many freaking things you can put in your ramen noodle bowl! And that is why my kids love when ramen is on the menu because they can make it just how they want it.

Protein:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Tofu
  • Eggs (most people prefer soft-boiled “jammy” eggs, but my kids are too picky so I do full on Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs)
  • Gyoza/pot stickers

Veggies:

  • Green onions
  • Cabbage
  • Shredded carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Green beans
  • Snap peas
  • Cilantro

Misc.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Don’t overcook the noodles unless you want a mushy cloudy broth. I’ll even turn the heat off after 2 minutes of cooking to keep the noodles super firm. The hot broth means your soup will continue to “cook” for a bit even off the heat.
  • If you have kids and everyone wants to eat at the same time, adding a splash of cold broth or ice cubes to their bowls will help cool soup for the littles.
  • Do yourself a favor and cut up the noodles for your kiddos to prevent an excessive mess. We use our kitchen shears which are used about 10 times a day in our household. These shears are a parent’s dream.

a large ramen noodle bowl with peppers and hard boiled eggs

OTHER RECIPES LIKE THIS

Now, I can guarantee this is a 10-minute healthy meal that you’ll love and will warm your body and fill your belly. I cannot guarantee that this will stop your husband from whining and sleeping until 10 am.

This is soup. It’s not a miracle.

Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls has 2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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chopsticks holding noodles over homemade ramen noodle bowls
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5 from 6 votes
Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

An easy favorite comfort food recipe - Ramen Noodle Bowls are a tasty 15-minute dinner. Everyone can build their own bowl with favorite mix-ins and toppings.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: Homemade Ramen, How to Make Ramen, Ramen Noodle Bowls
Servings: 4
Calories: 62 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring your broth to a boil. Add the soy sauce, garlic, miso, and sesame oil. Cook for two minutes to soften the garlic.

  2. Add the noodles, reduce to medium heat. Use a fork to start breaking them apart after 1 minute. Cook for 3 minutes for "al dente" noodles, or 4 minutes for a more thoroughly cooked noodle.

  3. Transfer to bowls and add your favorite toppings!

Recipe Notes

Don't overcook the noodles unless you want a mushy cloudy broth. The hot broth means your soup will continue to "cook" for a bit even off the heat.

 

If you have kids, adding a splash of cold broth or ice cubes to their bowls will help cool soup for the littles.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 328mg14%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1060IU21%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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45 comments on “Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls”

  1. I bought the noodles!  Do I stir fry the chicken and veg before I toss it in?  Thanks!  Ramen newbie

    • If you’re using raw chicken, then yes I would stir fry it first. What veg? Depending on what you’re using you may just want to add them when the broth is boiling. I will slice carrots really thin and throw them in when I start the broth.