Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quick & Easy Noodle Soup

Today's food related part of the post is all about ramen/instant noodles!

In North America, they are known as a quick & cheap instant lunch/dinner - mostly enjoyed by college & university students. 
When I'm feeling lazy, or tired (which is a lot lately), I use them as a basis for a quick & easy veggie noodle soup.

Step one is to throw out the MSG laden bouillon packet that comes in the package.  That stuff is nasty.

Fill up a pot with water, and then dump in any/all of the following to form your broth base:
soy sauce
worchestershire sauce
lemon or lime juice
prepared ginger
prepared garlic
prepared horseradish
hot sauce

Put the pot on the stove on high.  Then, depending on what veggies you have in your fridge & freezer, start chopping and adding, starting with the ones that will take the longest to cook. 
I usually start with sliced onion, frozen green beans and frozen corn.  Last time I made this, I also added carrots, broccoli, mushrooms & radishes. 
For a bit of protein, you can throw in some red lentils at the beginning, or cubed tofu (new or leftover), or crack an egg into the soup near the end (which is what I usually do). 
For the egg option, you can either beat it in a bowl first, to get more of an 'egg drop soup' effect, or crack it straight into a pot for more of a hard-poached egg.
When the water boils, add your noodles, and then turn the heat down so it doesn't boil over.  Then keep adding any veggies/egg/etc that you haven't added yet, and keep on the heat until the noodles are cooked and your veggies are heated.
Then slurp away!

On the note of the bread machine, today I made oatmeal bread.  It is delicious.  Once again, I have failed to take pictures.  Sorry.

Oh, and the baby is doing pretty awesome.  I think she's going to be tall like her daddy - she's already lengthy enough that the doctor called her a long noodle!


  1. Soup sounds yummy.. I may have to get some emergency ramen noodles in the house. I love anything you can throw together at the last minute and still call it a meal. :)

    Glad to hear Esme's doing well. Say hi to her daddy for me. :)

    1. I shall! Lately, quick & easy last minute food has been a priority for lunches. Can't imagine why ;)

  2. Ohh baby days...
    Yum - I've done my own version of this before and I make a Hot and Spicy Thai version when overnight backpacking that has dried veg and coconut milk thrown in.

  3. Awesome Tasha! I have to admit to eating many of the nasty MSG packets that have 1600mg of salt or something ridiculous. I still have a sometimes habit of draining the water from the noodles, adding some butter and mixing in the soup packet. A tasty, salty, noodle treat!

    Also, I love that your daughter is a long noodle. Is that the scientific term?? LOL!