Popularized, simplified, and altered in ways some of us never imagined, ramen has become the defining dish of a generation, nearly as ubiquitous as Thai food. Since so much has been written about authentic regional styles, it can seem daunting to make ramen at home. These 7 recipes, though, put the lie to that: They’re easy, accessible, and most of them take about as long as throwing together a pot of spaghetti.
1. Easy Chicken Ramen
A rotisserie (or other cooked) chicken is the point of departure for this low-stress weeknight ramen. It calls for fresh ramen noodles, so—if you’re a little careful cooking them—the textures here will be amazing. Get our Easy Chicken Ramen recipe.
2. Miso Ramen with Roasted Vegetables
Roasted diced sweet potatoes and garlic form the savory and subtly sweet heart of this satisfying bowl of ramen. Sautéed shiitakes add umami on top of white miso, just as dried shiitakes in the broth shadow the taste of the fresh. Get our Miso Ramen with Roasted Vegetables recipe.
3. Slow Cooker Pork Ramen
The crockpot is one of the nicest places to coax along ramen broth. This recipe by Kim Laidlaw calls for boneless pork shoulder, cut up to fit the slow cooker, with leeks, garlic, and cremini mushrooms. Get our Slow Cooker Pork Ramen recipe.
4. Smoked Ramen with Soft-Boiled Egg
Chowhound’s Chris Rochelle came up with this easy and nearly instantaneous recipe based on a packet of instant ramen and a couple of eggs from the fridge. A trusty, inexpensive rangetop smoker is essential. Then again, it’s broadly essential anyway. Get our Smoked Ramen with Soft-Boiled Egg recipe.
5. Kimchi Ramen
A healthy vegan recipe, all about the taste and heat of kimchi. A touch of smoked paprika and some toasted sesame oil conspire to give this ramen depth, and bean sprouts make it fresh! Get Divine Healthy Food’s Kimchi Ramen recipe.
6. Shrimp Ramen
Bacon and Worcestershire sauce gives this otherwise delicate ramen bowl some flavor muscle. What’s more, the inherently assertive flavors mean the broth comes together fast, no long simmering necessary, Get Food Network’s Shrimp Ramen recipe.
7. 20-Minute Spicy Sriracha Ramen
“The great thing about this comforting recipe is it’s SO simple to throw together,” writes blogger Baker By Nature, “even on a night where you don’t feel like cooking.” The topping of a poached egg gives this simple ramen a luxurious quality. Get Baker By Nature’s 20-Minute Spicy Sriracha Ramen recipe.