Packaged ramen. It served its purpose as a quick and budget-friendly meal as we studied away in our dorm rooms throughout college. Then we learned a few hacks, and transformed the instant noodles into so much more than just soup. Now, it’s time to come full circle and bring ramen back to its roots. Enjoy slurping up these 16 ramen soup recipes that range from classical to uncommon, and almost instant to hours-long endeavors!
3. Tofu, Kale, Shiitake Mushroom Ramen Noodle Soup: Made with ginger-spiced vegetable broth, this is a hearty ramen recipe for vegetarians to enjoy. Vegan? Go ahead and skip the poached egg. (via Oh My Veggies)
4. Spicy Miso Ramen Express: Don’t let the long ingredient list fool you, this ramen is remarkably easy to prepare and shares a secret ingredient for mimicking the popular, labor-intensive tonkotsu ramen broth with practically no effort at all. (via Lady and Pups)
5. Cleansing Ramen Soup (Vegan, Gluten-free): We’re bookmarking this restorative recipe to make during the upcoming holiday season. Zucchini “noodles” keep things especially virtuous and naturally gluten-free. (via Food Well Said)
7. Ramen Noodle Soup: Packed with protein courtesy of homemade, sweet italian chicken sausage links and soft boiled eggs, this soup may not be traditional but it’s certainly filling! (via Tasty Kitchen)
8. Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup: Packaged ramen gets all dolled up courtesy of another college pantry staple: peanut butter. Plus a whole bunch of other tasty, Thai-inspired flavors. (via Half Baked Harvest)
9. Miso Ramen with Shiitake and Chicken: Don’t be mistaken, despite all the fresh ingredients the flavor of this ramen is anything but meek. Earthy mushrooms, a hot chili and the deep umami flavor of red miso along with a drizzle of sesame oil create a robustly-flavored soup. (via The View From Great Island)
11. Rich and Creamy Tonkotsu Ramen Broth: Tonkotsu is arguably the most popular of the four main broths — it’s also the most difficult to make just right. This recipe guides you through the process step-by-step. (via Serious Eats)
14. Miso Shiitake Ramen with Hoisin Glazed Tofu: Miso, mushrooms and hoisin add so much rich umami flavor it’s easy to skip over the fact that this ramen contains nary a shred of meat. (via Blue Apron)
15. Slow Cooker Shio Ramen with Chili Oil: Shio (salt) seasoned ramen is the oldest variety there is. We love that this version is designed to simmer away unattended in one of our favorite weeknight appliances: the slow cooker! (via The Stay at Home Chef)
What’s your favorite combination of broth, noodles and seasonings for ramen soup? Let us know in the comments!