Thursday, December 1, 2011

Top Ramen.

A few weeks ago I was really craving Top Ramen noodles.  You know, those freeze-dried packaged soups from childhood (they were a staple of our diets growing up).  A bowl of it just sounded so good!  So I dug around in the kitchen and found the ingredients to make a homemade version and it turned out wonderfully!!  Lee happened to be at a work dinner that night so I enjoyed the ramen noodles all by myself.

Last night, I had a hankering for them again but I didn't really write down how I made them the first time.  I just chopped and stirred and added ingredients as I saw fit and it turned out just how I wanted.  So last night I attempted to recreate it.  Here you go:

Ramen Noodles (makes 2 large servings):
  • In a saucepan, boil water and cook rice noodles as directed (I got mine at Whole Foods).
  • Chop up the following and add to a large skillet with a tbs or so of olive oil and a tbs or so of sesame oil: half an onion, 2 cloves garlic, 2 carrots, 1 stalk of celery and 8-10 mushrooms.  Saute over medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Slice half a block of pressed tofu (I used an Asian flavored one) into small, thin squares and add to pan.  Let cook for 2 minutes.
  • Tear 2 large kale leaves into bite-sized pieces, add to pan and let wilt.  Add a tsp or so of low sodium soy sauce.  Add a small squirt (or large squirt, depending on how hot you like it) of Sriacha or any other hot sauce.  Let cook for 1 minute. 
  • Add approx 16 oz of low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (I had an open box of broth so I don't know exactly how much I used) and bring to a boil.  Add cooked rice noodles and stir.
  • Season with more hot sauce and additional soy sauce, if needed. 
  • Share, if you must. 
This soup was delicious!  Lee and I gobbled it up.  And with all those vegetable and tofu, it is so healthy, too.  I will definitely make this again.  You could even do variations with sauteed shrimp or grilled chicken.  The possibilities are endless.

Do you ever make a recipe up as you go?  With a soup, I feel like you can get a bit creative and it'll still turn out delicious.  Baking?  Not so much.

Did you eat Top Ramen when you were a kid?  Totally.  We were all about the quick-and-easy meals at our house.

1 comment:

  1. That looks so yum! I definitely make things up as I go when cooking, but baking, nope...I follow the directions.

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