Fast and Easy Homemade Ramen for Two

Why make instant ramen with packets of artificial flavors and salt when you can make homemade ramen with natural ingredients in almost the same amount of time? 😀

Homemade Ramen Soup, as quick and easy as instant!

Homemade Ramen Soup, as quick and easy as instant!

1/3 package (3.1 oz) Hakubaku Organic Ramen
3 cups vegetable broth (I use Central Market Organics Low Sodium Vegetable Broth)
1/4 tsp cilantro
1/8 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried green chives
1 Tbls reduced sodium soy sauce (or leave it out and add soy sauce to taste in each bowl)

The package of ramen is divided into 3 bunches of noodles. One bunch is about right for 3 cups of broth. The broth I use is a regional brand: use whatever your favorite brand is — or use homemade if you’ve got some on hand. I prefer a low sodium broth because soy sauce, even a reduced sodium type, adds salt to the soup. I go for low sodium or no sodium products whenever I can. You can always add salt, but you can’t take it out!

Heat up the broth with the seasonings. (The soy sauce can be added now or after cooking, to taste.) When it’s reached a boil, add the ramen noodles, breaking the bunch into smaller pieces. (If you don’t break them more than once, you’ll need chopsticks — or a fork to eat them spaghetti-style.) Boil for 4 minutes (or according to package instructions).

This is a very basic, mildly flavored, soup. You can “soup it up” (pun intended) by adding more seasonings (like red pepper) or vegetables. Most vegetables should already be cooked before being added to the soup because the amount of time it takes to bring 3 cups of liquid to a boil, plus the 4 minutes it takes to cook the noodles isn’t sufficient to cook most vegetables, the shredded leaves of greens and thin-leaved leafy vegetables being a notable exception. If adding leftover vegetables, consider first whether they’ve had strong or clashing seasonings added. Dehydrated vegetables might be a possibility, too. (I don’t use dehydrated vegetables much so I haven’t tried this.)

Having given you those options, I should add that I like this mild oriental flavored ramen soup just fine the way it is! 😀 Because this makes a small amount, it’s a nice way to experiment with seasoning combinations. Try it out, then rummage among your seasonings and customize it to your taste! 🙂

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