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Easy Noodle Soup

May 17, 2011

Easy Noodle Soup

After work yesterday I was craving noodle soup, but I didn’t want to slave for hours or consume sodium packed Ramen broth.  I keep instant noodle packs handy to make Alton Brown’s Ramen Radiator (recipe at the bottom here, it is one of those maximum flavor from minimum effort kind of dishes – a personal favorite) but I didn’t have any shrimp for that recipe, or the patience to cook it. Thus was born the following easy noodle soup, inspired by Alton’s recipe but dictated by my pantry and a short attention span.


  • 1 pack instant noodles (such as Ramen, but any will work)
  • Half a small onion, sliced thin
  • Half a red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable/beef broth)
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • A handful of cooked chicken (optional, but was already in my fridge)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Hot sauce

Heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add onion and red pepper and sauté for 1 minute. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute until just fragrant. Add whatever broth you choose, soy sauce, honey, and pinch of red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then add the noodle block and chicken to the broth. Simmer for 3 minutes then turn off heat and stir in scallions. If you like stir in a squirt of hot sauce right before serving (I like Sriracha).

Don’t feel like you have to adhere to the ingredients in my pantry though, the best thing about a recipe like this is almost all of the ingredients can be substituted. No chicken? Add different leftover protein or none at all. Have extra mushrooms from another recipe? Throw those in!

Be on the lookout for more recipe posts, now that I am home I am embracing all the domestic hobbies I miss out on while on the road. I also have a few new cookbooks for added inspiration!

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