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.
You know those days when everyone is tired and hungry, and the fridge is empty? Those are the days you need a quick meal that is delicious, nourishing, and easy enough to throw together in 15 minutes flat. You need some ramen.
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 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 (meal prep hack: freeze your own 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.
Gosh, there are so many freaking things you can put in your noodle bowl! And that is why my kids love when this soup is on the menu because they can make it just how they want it.
- Tofu (related: Air Fryer 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
- Green onions (related: How to Freeze Green Onions) or Pickled Shallots
- Shredded carrots (related: How to Freeze Carrots)
- Green beans (related: Freezing Green Beans)
- Snap peas (related: How to Freeze Peas)
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.
OTHER RECIPES LIKE THIS
- Cold Soba Noodle Salad
- Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Easy Tortilla Pizzas
- Whole30 Zuppa Toscana
- Instant Pot Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
- Whole30 Potato Soup
- Spicy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
- Whole30 Beef Stew
Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS
One serving of Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls has 2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls
- In a large pot, bring your broth to a boil. .8 cups broth
- Add the soy sauce, garlic, miso, and sesame oil. Cook for two minutes to soften the garlic2 tbsp miso paste, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 3 cloves garlic
- Add the noodles, reduce to medium heat. Use a fork to start breaking them apart after 1 minute.4 noodle "cakes"
- Cook for 3 minutes for "al dente" noodles, or 4 minutes for a more thoroughly cooked noodle.
- Transfer to bowls and add your favorite toppings!2 green onions
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