When we were kids my brother and I used to love packaged Ramen noodles. It was often our after school snack when my mom was still at work. I still find myself craving these delicious things and was so happy when we had a Ramen restaurant nearby. Last year the restaurant moved and I was determined to create this dish at home. Since then we’ve remade it multiple times and even the kids love it. This is a vegetarian version of a ramen recipe that is super simple, quick and flavorful. A great way to get the classic ramen taste with the addition of fiber and nutrient rich vegetables. This recipe can be made with any vegetable your heart desires. I listed below how I usually prep mine as I think chives and mushrooms should be in every ramen dish and I always have broccoli on hand. Carrots and green onions are also good additions. The beauty is once you have the broth base and noodles you can vary it up. I usually make it vegetarian but also have added meat if I have leftovers or a soft cooked egg for additional protein. The picture shows a time I made it this summer and sliced up leftover brats to add to the top (pork shoulder would be great too). All this Ramen talk and now I am going to the store to get Chinese noodles so we can have this for dinner tonight! Buon Appetito
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- 2 Tbsp sesame oil, or olive oil
- ¼ c. minced onion
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
- 1.5-2 cups broccoli, chopped
- 8 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
- 2 cups water
- 12 oz Chinese Noodles (some say Ramen noodles on the package, some say udon or soba) or Rice Noodles (gluten free option). I’ve used both with good results
- 4 tsp ground celery seed
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped chives
- Optional toppings
- sliced green onion
- chopped basil
- soy sauce
- Hot spices: red pepper flakes, hot sauce, etc
- soft cooked eggs sliced in half
- cooked meat (leftover pulled pork or sausage)
- In a large saucepan, add oil and heat up. Then add minced onion, garlic, ginger and vegetables (carrots, mushrooms and broccoli or any variation of vegetables you want added).
- Continually toss and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat.
- Next add in broth and water.
- Add Chinese noodles and celery seed. Boil for amount of time listed on Chinese noodle direction for noodles to be done.
- Remove from heat and top with chives and any additional optional toppings you want.