Not-so-Instant Instant Ramen

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Dinner, Main Course, Lunch American/Japanese
By Kelly Djalali Serves: Makes one bowl of Ramen
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cooking Time: 5 Minutes Total Time: 10 Minutes

Take Instant Ramen to another level by chucking the seasoning packet and creating a simple, flavorful broth with miso and Better Than Bouillon paste. Customize your toppings and enjoy perfectly cooked noodles, in about 5 minutes!


  • 1 and 3/4 cups Water
  • 1 tsp. Better Than Bouillon Paste (any flavor)
  • 1 tsp. White Miso Paste
  • 1 Package Instant Ramen Noodles (seasoning packet discarded)
  • 1 Slice American Cheese
  • Toppings
  • Soft or Hard Boiled Egg
  • Sliced Scallions
  • Chile Crunch
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Furikake Seasoning
  • Leftover Protein (chicken, steak, brisket, pulled pork, tofu, tempeh)



Pour water into a small saucepan. Over high heat, add the bouillon and miso paste, bring water to a vigorous boil. Stir to dissolve the seasoning pastes.


Add Instant Ramen Noodles, Let cook for a few seconds and flip the square of noodles over, cook a few more seconds.


Use a fork to unfold the noodles into a rectangle and flatten to submerge noodle rectangle into the broth. Turn off the heat.


Let the noodles sit in the hot broth for 1-2 minutes. Loosen and separate the noodles with a fork and pour the broth and noodles into a bowl.


Top with the slice of American Cheese and top with desired toppings.


Stir the ramen to dissolve the melted cheese. Let cool slightly and enjoy!