Upgrade Your Instant Ramen Noodles

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Get to know a new side of quick prep ramen noodles — and all of its mealtime potential.

Ramen is the new “it” food – showing up in gourmet settings, with gourmet ingredients, and loved by gourmet foodies. It’s now seen as a first-rate option. It’s still quick prep – which adds to its appeal – and makes it a great option for the whole family on any given night.

Check out our two ideas below. And have some Bounty paper towels on hand to wipe up any soupy, drippy goodness.

Classic Ramen with Bacon

Ingredients
4 slices bacon, chopped
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 tablespoon white miso paste (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 package dried ramen noodles, seasoning packet discarded
2 cups stemmed and chopped baby spinach leaves
1 shallot, very thinly sliced
2 soft-boiled eggs, peeled and halved
Chopped scallions
Sriracha hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

  • Place a pot over medium-high heat and add bacon. Render until crispy. Remove half of the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the grease
  • To the remaining bacon and drippings, add the ginger and garlic, sauté for 1 minute. Add the miso paste and red pepper flakes and stir until incorporated
  • Add stock and bring to a simmer for 30 minutes, then strain out and discard bacon, garlic and ginger. Stir in the soy sauce, vinegars and toasted sesame oil and keep warm until ready to serve
  • Make the soft-boiled eggs at this point but do not drain the water when finished. Instead, return the water to a simmer and cook the ramen noodles for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Drain, rinse and set aside
  • To serve, divide the baby spinach, shallot and the cooked noodles between two bowls. Ladle the hot broth over the noodles and top each bowl with the crisped bacon, soft-boiled eggs, scallions and hot sauce. Serve immediately


Quick and Easy Ramen Slaw

Ingredients
3 green onions, chopped
1 (6 ounce) bag coleslaw mix
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 cup toasted almonds
1 (3 ounce) package chicken-flavored ramen noodles (reserve seasoning packet for dressing)

Dressing
1⁄4 cup oil
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1⁄4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
seasoning (reserved packet)

Instructions
Mix all slaw ingredients well. Then combine dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Pour dressing on slaw, mix well and serve!

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