You’ll want to make this stir fry recipe a part of your weekly menu plan!
It is a fact that earlier in the summer, my oldest son requested Ramen Noodles for his 14th birthday lunch. Bleh. I obliged because it was his birthday and because I could afford the 17¢ required to purchase the desired package of what can’t possibly be food since it only costs 17¢. Asa completely understands why we don’t normally eat MSG covered cardboard – but doggonit – he likes the stuff and it was a birthday treat.
Our family used to make a great stir fry dish using Ramen Noodles “back in the day” before we began our healthy eating journey. Asa has fond memories of that dish and was actually the inspiration behind this new version. One day he simply said, “Mom – don’t you think you could just use spaghetti noodles and soy sauce instead of ramen noodles and make the Stir Fry taste the way it used to taste?” Huh, well now why didn’t I think of that?
We tried it and WOW. We all devoured it (which isn’t entirely shocking because “devour” is typically what we do around our table three or more times each day). This dish is great for several reasons:
- It is very easy to make.
- It is completely healthy.
- You can make it a variety of ways, depending on which vegetables your family likes and has on hand.
- You can make it a meatless dish or add chicken to make it a complete meal!
Easy Noodle Stir Fry
- 2-4 cups fresh or frozen veggies of your choice (broccoli, carrots, peas, peppers, corn, zucchini, squash, etc.)
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove minced fresh garlic or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 10 ounces whole wheat spaghetti noodles
- Soy sauce (to taste)
- Sea salt (to taste)
- In a skillet, toss vegetables, garlic and olive oil together - cooking on medium heat until veggies are tender.
- In the meantime, boil the spaghetti noodles in water and drain.
- Stir cooked veggies and noodles together.
- Add soy sauce, stirring until the noodles are barely coated.
- Add sea salt (and more soy sauce) if desired.
What is your relationship with Ramen Noodles? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Do you know what’s in ’em? You don’t want to know. I highly recommend switching to whole grain pastas and skipping any MSG filled sauces and flavorings as part of your Funky Fresh Kitchen challenge. You can do it! Look how tasty this dish is without any artificial anything!
Hate ’em! Even when we were eating most of our meals out of a box, I still refused to serve them. They make my fingers and toes swell!
This made me chuckle because yesterday at lunch, one of my boys wanted ramen noodles. And yes, I made them. I love ramen noodles, so do my kids. Which is why once every month or two, I make them. They were eaten as a side dish to PB&J on whole wheat bread and grapes. So I figured it couldn’t hurt them too much. Everyday? Not going to happen. I can’t wait to give the stir fry a try. My hubby loves stir fry, so I am sure at least he will devour it. Who am I kidding? I have four boys. They will all devour it, because really, do boys eat any other way?
haven’t bought them in forever! one way I like then is in a chinese chicken salad.
I started using Better Than Bouillon to make broth and using the, still unhealthy, but no MSG, noodles from the Ramen noodles. Maybe not completely healthy, but better, and my kids love Ramen noodles!
Hi, Sorry – But I looked up the Better Than Bullion, thinking “What a great Idea!” But then got slammed back down. It contains Disodium Inosinate & Disodium Guanylate. Both are hidden MSG additives. Also watch for Yeast Extract and Soy Protein Concentrate. More details in the link below…
love them but hate the ing… I haven’t bought them in forever though. I’ve made a similar stir fry before and added sweet chili sauce. It’s soo good!
We use to live off those for lunches. Not anymore! I will defiantly be trying this recipe.
Lived on them in college, have a hard time eating them now.
Danielle B says
LOL I lived off of them in college too! And for a short time after college until I got sick of them. I haven’t touched them in yearsssssssssssssss.
We use an organic noodle pkg from Koyo that does not have a bunch of garbage in it. They are somewhat different from Ramen and healthier. I add organic tofu or some fish to them sometimes (my protein options are limited due to health issues).
But, honestly, it is pre-packaged, and I should be making my own, too.
So thanks for the inspiration! I will do that this week!
Also, have you tried the Quinoa spaghetti noodles from Azure? They are pricey, but high in protein and we love ’em. They’re better tasting than whole wheat. Yum!
Danielle B says
Does the organic tofu still have HIGH levels of estrogen in them?
Danielle, I don’t doubt it does. But as I said, I am limited as to what I can have, so I eat a limited amount of tofu -about once a week. I do not give it to my family because of the hormones.
Danielle B says
Awwww ok. I did try tofu years ago and liked it. I was going to try it a few months ago ago and heard that it had the high levels of estrogen in it. I was hoping the organic tofu didn’t.
Micki Hawkins says
We like ramen – but onlty eat it once in a great while… also, they are part of our 72-hour emergency kit and a staple when when we go camping or backpacking. When we do fix them at home we always stir in a couple of eggs once the water boils, and often add peas or julienne carrots or green beans or corn. it is kinda like egg drop soup!
My son loves them, I hate seeing them but sometimes that’s what we have cuz it’s super cheap.Bleah. I’m going to try the stir fry your way with the spaghetti noodles. It has to be better than the ramen.
jenn foy says
don’t like them much anymore. great idea!
Haven’t had ramen noodles in ages. Aside from msg and who knows what else, those things are loaded with sodium!
I make stir fry often, but always use brown rice. Maybe I should try noodles to change it up.
i like them only when i’m sick and in need of some comfort food :)
That’s funny you mention that because I think the last time I had them was about 4 years ago when I had the flu! I was nauseated but the first thing I wanted was ramen noodles!
My husband LOVES them… so I do buy them on occasion, like once or twice a year! But my kids have never had them and I quit eating them a long time ago.
Corrie J says
They are so yummy. But I don’t (almost) ever buy them. We took some on a camping trip and my husband told the kids, “These are the most delicious terrible food you will ever eat.” They were confused until he explained. But it was kinda nice that my 5 year old didn’t know what they were. We added fresh beef and veggies and it was tasty :)
Growing up we ate them quite a bit. As an adult, I ate them sometimes, but now that we eat much healthier, NEVER.
Amy Bradsher says
Sounds great! We’ll try it!
I sometimes add a little bit of peanut butter to this dish just for something different — a little more “Thai” flavor. :-)
when i was little someone asked me what was my favorite meal that my mom made. i said: noodle soup (aka top ramen)…. now i feed my family organic whole foods :) question: we are allergic to soy around here, any ideas for substituting the soy sauce?
Try Coconut Secret’s Coconut Aminos. Not quite the same but a sub for soy.
Sounds delicious, am printing and adding to the menu this week (we’ve got so many veggies to use up). Love the noodles instead of rice. Ramen noodles – I’ve never cared for them but I used to make a bok choy salad that used the noodles but not the sauce, it was really really good.
I have 2 packages of Ramen noodles that have been in my pantry for well over a year. I refuse to cook them and feed them to my family since we started eating real food about 16 months ago, but I also can’t bring myself to waste anything and throw them away… I have a feeling the garbage will win out in the end.
Danielle B says
I always put stuff we won’t touch in the “feed the hungry” bag that the SPS does every year.
I have to say, I love Top Ramen! I make it and put a boiled egg in it, and top it with sliced green onion tops. So yummy! ;)
Rachel B says
Mmmm! Looks yummy! Have you ever tried Bragg’s Liquid Aminos? I use it in place of soy sauce in any recipe that calls for it. Tastes great and SUPER healthy. I order it through Azure. Just thought I’d share that healthy tip in case you weren’t aware of Bragg’s, yet. Which would be AMAZING if I actually knew something about health food that the Heavenly Homemaker didn’t know!! ;) Do I get some kind of prize if this was new info to you??? :)
I’ve read on the Healthy Home Economist’s site (Sarah Pope, Weston A Price chapter leader) that Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is “loaded with MSG”.
Rachel B says
Hmmm … I’m not sure where they got their info but the only listed
ingredients are non-GMO soybeans and purified water. I’m not big on soy
but for seasoning purposes this seems like a good alternative.
I had not researched it personally, just quoted something from her site. I actaully went to the Bragg’s website and it looks like it is okay! Yay!! The following is copied from FAQ section on the Bragg’s site:
Do Bragg Liquid Aminos contain MSG?
Bragg does not add any MSG to its liquid amino products. However, MSG is found naturally occurring in many foods, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and soybeans. Since Bragg Liquid Aminos is made from soybeans, there can be some very small amounts of naturally occurring MSG. Patricia Bragg is personally very opposed to adding MSG as a food ingredient to foods, and she is very sensitive to MSG. Many of our customers who are very sensitive to MSG have never had any adverse reactions to Bragg Liquid Aminos.
Cathy B. says
Yum! This sounds terrific. I have a cabbage salad that my family loves that uses the uncooked noodles from a package of Top Ramen. The noodles soften as they sit overnight and absorb the salad dressing. Does anyone know of a healthy substitute that would work for that?
I’m wondering this too! My mom has a salad that uses cabbage, noodles, sunflower seeds, almonds with a soy sauce dressing. It’s soo good!
I ate top ramen when I was pregnant, but I didn’t want to cook/eat anything healthy, but I’m over that now. I’m back to making good food!
No ramen noodles in our house. My kids don’t even like them and I am glad. I eat more than my fair share in college. But, hey! I loved the substitute idea.
I crave them when I’m sick, I like them with an egg and frozen peas in them. Yum, but I don’t keep them in our house, otherwise I’ll eat them al the time, I may have to try this for lunch sometime.
I buy them occasionally when money is tight and that may be the last thing in the house till payday. Usually though I only cook from scratch so I hope it does little harm.
Emmi Rose says
This looks great, especially with some meat to round it out for teenage boys! I do have one question I keep wanting to ask. Have you ever used organic, white noodles? The boys just don’t go for the brown noodles so much.
I love the recipes. In the last two weeks or so I have tried 8 or more new ones and they have all been a hit! Breakfast has been so much fun. Thanks for the insperation!
I used to buy Ramen noodles years ago when kids were little and money was tight. One day we gave some to our dog and she broke out in hives. Way too much sodium. Your recipe looks really good. I am going to try it this week.
I used to eat them in college even though I knew better. Then one day I was eating them while studying from a textbook. The page had a colored box on it. I splashed a drop of ramen liquid on the page and it BLEACHED it! I’ve never eaten ramen since.
jenny Havens says
We ate them growing up, and occasionally before we had kids. Now, virtually never. I have a salad that calls for them, but I only make it once or twice a year. This recipe does look great, and much quicker than brown rice! I will keep this in mind next time we are in the mood for stir fry!
I’ve made this dish before, or similar to it anyway, but I made it in my wok. And I did add chicken. and onions. Cooked the onions and garlic until they were “fragrant” and then threw in all the other vegetables and then the noodles once everything was cooked. Yummy! :-)
The kids love Ramen and would eat it everyday if I bought it. We don’t like the fact they have MSG and who know what else in them, so we quit buying them. Your stir fry recipe sounds awesome and we will definately be putting that on next weeks menu:)
Danielle B says
This looks so yummy! Reminds me of lo-mein! Hmmm I might use sesame oil and chicken and make that!
Never had Ramen noodles – hope I never do! ;-)
Randi @ www.ExpressionsOfPerceptions.com says
I would LOVE to eat Ramen noodles, but I can’t find any that are organic, and I will NOT serve my family genetically modified (cloned) food.
It looks like you used whole wheat spaghetti noodle, or is it the soy sauce that made it look more brownish?
I’ve made a recipe similar to this with peanut butter added to the sauce.
Don’t like them! My kids do like them, but I won’t buy them. I love this recipe why didn’t I think of this so easy and the kids will like it too.
Gail E says
I have never enjoyed eating Ramen noodles, but my husband loves them. Your recipe sounds delicious -more of what I would enjoy eating and I think would be a hit with the family, so I’m printing it out so we can give it a try later this week.
Joanna S says
This looks great! Can’t wait to try it!
Kathy McConnell says
I haven’t had raven noodles in over 5 years. I love them, am gluten intollerant. My son loves them and had them for lunch this summer. We got some bad ones and he hasn’t asked for them since. This recipe sounds good, I could sub. brown rice spaghetti. If I was making it for my husband, he’s not real fond of soy sauce. Don’t know about other sauces mentioned. Never tried them and if expensive, not in budget which is really small until Feb.
I used to eat them endlessly (college budget meals!), but we’re almost entirely msg-free these days. The soy sauce/stir fry plan works great with leftover rice and veggies, too!
I make something similiar here. You can also use rice instead of the noodles.
Amy T says
I agree, Ramen noodles are disgusting. And I don’t want to know what’s in them!!
This dish looks great, if only I could get my kids to try vegetables. It’s a work in progress. . .
LOL! My husband and oldest son ask for Rame Noodles every so often too, and I avoid them for the same reasons as you!
We like ramen noodles, but don’t eat them much… A box of 12pkgs recently last us 3 months, and there are 4 of us. So probably once a month. For my husband and myself, I only use half of the packet of seasoning. For the kids I use 1/4 of the seasoning, otherwise WAY too salty!!
I would only buy them for that yummy Asian coleslaw recipe and that is only about once a year.
Jill Keyes says
My kids love ramon noodles and always want them but I’ve limited them a LOT since I’ve started my healthy food journey. I’ve never made stir fry with noodles,, I think I need to try that!
Sarah Z says
I had them last week for the first time in years. Ewww! I’ve gotten so used to my whole grain noodles like your recipe I almost couldn’t choke them down. Unfortunately my kids loved them! :p
Kathleen K says
Ramen noodles. Hmm. Been so long since we’ve had them, I don’t know if we like them or not. But knowing what is in them (msg, chemicals, and things I can’t pronounce) and what isn’t (fresh, whole, unprocessed foods), I’d have to guess we wouldn’t eat them. Fortunately, we live in a very large metropolitan area and there are many Asian supermarkets nearby. There we can select from a wide variety of noodles–rice, wheat, buckwheat, yam, bean, and many more. It adds a little variety to our diet.
Ramen noodles were a staple during our college years. Lets see, ramen noodles, diet mountain dew and eating out. We’ve come pretty far now. LOL. We actually made up a couple of dishes with ramen noodles. One was a “Ramen Stir Fry” invented by my husband. He’d throw a couple of eggs over top the ramens and some green beans for a full meal. :)
Oh, also, is Braggs Liquid Aminos similar to the soy sauce you linked to? I prefer to buy as much in the store instead of online and can find the Braggs in the store but not “good” soy sauce. Thanks
Jennifer Stuart says
Thanks for the great idea. I can’t wait to make it!!
This looks so easy! I am always trying to come up with good Asian dishes and they usually fall short. This seems very doable!
Abbie Long says
This sounds easy and wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
My family and I love a good stir fry and this one looks really yummy!
Sara R. says
I’m another one who used to go through cases of ramen noodles in college. I used them as a snack, with a cheese stick stuck in the bowl so it got all melty. No wonder I gained weight, if that nastiness was just a SNACK in between dining hall meals and hamburger helper. Oh well, I felt so grown up cooking my own “food” in my own kitchen and I suppose we all have to start somewhere! Thank goodness I have come a long way since then!
My kids love Ramen Noodles too :( I have gotten them to at least eat them cooked in chicken broth and throw out the seasoning packet. A decent compromise in my book.
this is exactly what we do! My daughter loves them, and this makes me feel a little better about them.
Meghan V. says
I think I may have had Ramen Noodles once…way too salty!
I never really cared for Ramen noodles (I was more of a cup o’ noodle kind of girl). But my husband used to eat Ramen as “bachelor” food. He would cook up 2 or 3 packages, add mayo (for creaminess) and frozen peas. He would eat them directly out of the pot. Have you ever tried coconut aminos instead of soy sauce? Amazing stuff!
Okay, so before reading this post, we USED TO like them! :)
Anyway, it’s not somthing that I consider a real healthy meal anyway, just sayin’ we used to like them!
This recipe looks so good! Laura, what do you recommend for a family that has trouble digesting broccoli? Should we just leave it out? And just soy sauce and some salt? That sounds really quick and easy! Thanks so much for sharing!
I bought Funky Kitchen a few years ago – love it!
My 10-year-old daughter LOVES Ramen Noodle Soup; I think it’s because she can cook them without me helping. That’s one of the reasons I bought “Teaching Your Kids to Cook!” Now I can teach her how to make your healthy version – thanks!
Looks good and easy!
I don’t mind the taste of Ramen Noodles, but HATE the ingredients, for that reason they really don’t appeal to me. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. My sons love noodles!
Nancy Michel says
We had to eat them to supplement our food budget. That was the first thing to go when things got beter!
The recipe sounds very easy but do you really need to add additional salt, as soy sauce, even the “lite” soy sauce contains a lot of sodium? I would add leftover meat like chicken or beef if I had any. I have made something similar but with brown rice, the veggies and scrambled eggs added. Yummy!!
I, too, ate Ramen Noodles many years ago when I was single & in school. But now…yuck! It has sooooo much sodium in it. I just can’t handle it anymore!! This recipe looks really great, though. I’ll be fixing this tonight for supper! YUM!
I love stir fry! It’s so easy and healthy!
Amanda S. says
I will try this one out soon. Never thought of it, either. My kids love ramen noodles – this recipe sounds much better.
Stirfry is delicious! It’s one of our favorite meals. Some of our favorite sauces to make are sweet and sour sauce, teriyaki sauce and thai peanut sauce.
Oh! We have a homemade Ramen recipe….My daughter LOVES ramen noodles so I was desperate to create my own version. Surprisingly they aren’t that hard and WAY better too. My kids even think so :)
We usually freeze homemade chicken or beef stock in 1 & 2 cup portions so it made it a snap. Heat up the chosen stock in a saucepan until boiling…..add noodles of choice (we use cappelini or angel hair)….add fresh peas and carrots (diced up real tiny like) when we are feeling fancy for a Cup-O-Noodles flair. Add salt and pepper to taste and voila! The noodles soak up the broth the same way the Ramen noodles do and it’s MUCH healthier than store bought. Almost as cheap too! Hope this helps some of you.
Ps. We also add a dash of cayenne cuz we like spicy food :)
Elizabeth S says
Rice noodles from the asian market with gluten free soy sauce and you have a gfcf simple dish. We eat it with salt& pepper on the meat and fish sauce over top as another variation. Julian the veggies and my kids eat more that way too. We love it.
sounds great. I make a stir fry sauce with just soy sauce, honey and garlic. Thanks for sharing :)
Wendy Montgomery says
Yum, this looks really good and easy! Thank you for another family friendly recipe!!
I let my kids eat some noodle type soups that we buy from a Korean food store as it is more like what they would have gotten in Vietnam where they were born. Maybe they are not the best choice, but as we eat fairly healthy for other meals (and they don’t eat them all the time), I figure this is one easy way to keep them in touch with their birth culture and similar type foods. Added veggies helps too.
The Chick @ Fat Chick Fed Up says
Just say no to ramen noodles! Though I have been known to eat the plain, dry, without the seasoning. I also love some asian salad with those crumbled on top-anyone know of a good alternative to this?
We used to eat Ramen noodles all the time but now that we’ve started eating whole foods, they taste like cardboard to us too! I can’t wait to try this!
This looks delicious – we will have to give this a try!!
Looks tasty & so easy!!
I’ve never been a big fan of Ramen noodles but this looks so good! I can’t wait to try it out!
I used to love them, but now they kind of gross me out.
Just FYI Kikkoman has low sodium soy sauce and teriyaki sauce! Same great taste just a lot less salt.
I used to loovve ramen noodles! We mixed them up with mayo and cheese (I know, just the way to make them more unhealthy), LOL. Haven’t had them in years.
I made a similar stir fry the other day. If you add a beef bouillon cube to the boiling water it adds some flavor to the noodles, yum.
This looks delicious.
Never had ramen noodles. I was more of a large fry and large frozen coke kinda girl!! We really like stir fry with rice so I’m sure we’ll like it with noodles!
Ramen is one of those foods that always SOUNDS a lot better than it ends up tasting! I used to have it a lot as a child; now it’s more of a once in a blue moon nostalgic thing. When I make stirfry, I use tons of veggies & some chicken, season with garlic & soy sauce, & serve over rice. I have bought udon noodles before, but the store where I got them is far away & I doubt they were whole grain! I’d love to find a whole grain recipe for udon noodles…
Nums! I admit, I had (still have) some ramen on hand for kids visiting to do quick lunches, etc. I always like to add stuff to it… I’ll put several in a big pot and add veggies and some meat. Then I got to thinking that I could make my own with …. spaghetti noodles, lol. And sure enough, some bouillon (sp?), some sketti, some veggies, some meat…. and it’s healthy modified ramen soup!
Anxious to try the stir fry though…. way to go, Asa!
This looks so good!
Laurence GL says
This does really look tasty and I think I’m going to try it tonight with some chicken. Thanks !
I love whole wheat pasta, but my family, well, they just aren’t into the nutty taste. This way, I can get them to eat them thinking they’re lo mein!
This looks like a fabulous dish and one I am going to try! Ramen noodles, hmmmm, used to use them as a summer or out of school lunch for the kids, and switched to cup-o-noodles. I love your website by the way!
Looks yummy. Maybe I will make that tonight for dinner! =)
Cindy B. says
Ramen noodles – not a fan. Your recipe looks great – I will try it this week!
Thanks for sharing so many easy recipes with us!
I can’t wait to try this! Thanks!
When I found that they had MSG in them I wanted to cry. My boys love them so I hope I can convince them to like this recipe instead, lol.
Did you somehow know I have an overabundance of broccoli right now? We will definitely be having this on Tuesday night!
And yes, I used to like ramen and as a kid thought it was so cool how you could get such a big box of them for $3.00!
Diana Campbell says
We actually have some in the kitchen now. I had banned them for some time but my husband decided to rebel and bring them back in. What’s a woman to do!
Tawna F says
My kids just discovered Ramen noodles, maybe I can introduce them to this recipe instead.
Yum! We make a dish similar to this and add fresh ginger too. Even my picky eaters gobble it.
We ate them many years ago! Used to make a yummy chicken salad with the oriental flavored ones. My kids have never had them because we cut them out a long time ago. But this recipe looks yum-0! I might even replace one of our meals this week with it! Mmmmmmmm
This looks great! I love stir fry, but rarely make it. My husband isn’t a big fan of plain old spaghetti, but I still buy the noodles. I’m thinking this is the perfect way to use them up and also do a different take on a stir fry!
That’s a great idea.
Shannon H. says
I used to LOVE Ramen noodles… now I know what’s in those packages, so I don’t touch it with a 10-foot pole… your stir-fry looks good… I wish I could come up with something that tasted like the chicken-flavored Ramen. Mmmm… :)
Oh thanks for sharing this it looks yummy! I have a couple who like Ramen noodles as well. Yuck!
I loved Ramen as a teen. My 9yr and 4yr old love them and would eat them every day if I let them! Even the homemade version is not as liked. I have to stay away from Ramen. Even when I cook for my kids, if I get a bit on my finger and lick it off, I get an instant migraine and funny numb feeling in my throat. I feel guilty each time I give it to them! But I really limit it to once a week. I will have to try this stir fry!
Beth @ Turn 2 the Simple says
Ramen Noodles — yeck! Whole Wheat Pasta — Yum!
What do you recommend to use for soy sauce — do you have a natually fermented one? I’d love some advice — haven’t been able to find a natually fermented one at the store or from Azure Standard. Thanks!
We make a similar dinner – only we use Angel Hair pasta (or rice noodles). It is hte only subsitute Hubby will accept for Ramen Noodles.
Serenity Summers says
My husband and I lived on Ramen noodles in college! YUCK!!!! We also used to make the stir fry with them and loved it :) Good times!!!!
We survived on Ramen noodles when we first got married. I mean where else can you have a meal for 25 cents! I’ve not personally had any in years so this will be a great alternative. I have everything right now to make it except soy sauce lol!
we were making stir fry with left over beef slices tonight – anyway! with our new eating choices i was not certain what i could put on them — soy sauce is an okay, real food, huh? good to know. I just received my KOMO grain mill and made my first loaf in the bread machine — the result was quite heavy but i’ve determined i’m on a learning curve so i’ll persevere.
Do not like ramen noodles.
I haven’t had ramen noodles in years and years. I always did love them (the taste), but I just knew they were really horrible, even before I got into NT and healthy eating. My children have never had them, and I hope they never do. :)
I’ll be making this for dinner tomorrow night! What a great, simple idea!
Priscilla F. says
Good substitute for something I like but know my body doesn’t. Just wish I could find something that sub’ed for the noodles dry in a fresh Bok Choy Salad we love to eat. I’ve just been leaving the noodles out, but they did add a nice texture element.
Susan Robinson says
This sounds great. I used to love Ramen noodles, but can’t stand to eat them now knowing what I know about their ingredients. Thanks!
I wonder how this would work with soba noodles…
Cara C says
Never have liked ramen. The idea of eating empty carbs swimming in toxic water really turns me off lol. Your stir fry looks really good tho, I’ll have to try it.
Susan F. says
Thanks for this!
Looks great…especially that it can be made so quickly with a lot of variations!
oh, how I love ramen noodles. a staple from my teenage years. I hate to admit that during my recent pregnancy I actually craved ramens not good for me yumminess and gave in a number of times… thanks for posting a healthy version, we will try it soon!!
My family likes ramen noodles too, so I buy them but I throw away the seasoning packet and put chicken or vegetable broth icecubes. They melt enough to cool down the noodles and give it some flavor. I season it with a little salt.
Thanks for the recipe, I like to add a little ginger in stir fry recipes.
[email protected] says
Sounds yummy, just have to get some soy sauce. Love the “fresh funky kitchen” idea. Can’t wait to try and win the nutrimill. I’m doing cartwheels-mentally that is :)
I have definitely eaten my share of ramen noodles pre-whole foods diet. I don’t think I could do it anymore. This dish looks super simple and delicious though.
I have definitely eaten ramen but not for years, like many readers. I do have two teenage boys and we can certainly go through a lot of pasta, especially when their friends stay for dinner.
Kim T. says
I will be trying this recipe very soon! It sounds like a keeper.
That looks much better than ramen noodles!!
Ramen noodles remind me of the down sides of college life. I only use them in an awesome cabbage salad now.
We keep away from ramen packets because of the msg.
We have a love/hate relationship with those noodles!! Funny though, they went on sale this past week for 13 cents and so I bought several. The rule is though- the seasoning packet is discarded and never used, and we dress up the rest like yours (even though real noodles look good!). And a side note, our income is now half of what is was two months ago, so I am learning to adjust and budget tighter with groceries!
Talia Bartoe says
I make something similar to this except I use tamari with a little grated ginger to add flavor. Yummy!
Hubby loved ramen noodles, but hasn’t really complained about the lack of them.
My kids love them, but they’re a special treat for when they visit my parents’ house. My dad calls them “Roman Numerals,” so that makes it more fun. :) Personally, I lived on them at lunch for my first year out of college, and don’t really have a need to ever eat them again. I didn recently find some similar noodles at a Whole Foods that were not fried and had no seasonings. I cooked them in organic chicken broth and the kids said they were okay, but not as good as their grandfather’s. Oh well, can’t win them all!
This looks delicious and easy!
I love to make stir-fry. I am able to take a small amount of meat if I choose to use it at all and tons of vegetables and a whole grain and make a meal that stretches very well. Your dish looks wonderful!
Funny how eating Ramen in college seems ‘universal’! I, too, craved them during one of my pregnancies…The spaghetti noodles work really well with Thai peanut chicken stirfry
I haven’t bought Ramen in years and even when I did, I mostly used the noodles, not the seasoning. I love making stir fries and “fried” rice – I keep it simple by using leftover chicken or beef, frozen veggies, onion, sometimes mushrooms, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic.
We used to eat them all the time. (Ahem, not all that long ago.) But we don’t anymore. I do love the chicken flavor, but now I know the salt and flavoring would be too overpowering.
Love the meal idea!! Sounds tasty!!!
A good variation to this recipe is to exchange the noodles for brown rice. Cook the veggies the same way, add cooked rice, cooked meat, and even a cooked egg. Fried rice anyone?
I do like Ramen, and I do know what’s in it…but I eat it once in awhile anyway. :D Definitely gonna try this recipe.
Annie Shindel says
The addition of pasta, in lieu of rice, to stir fry is brilliant!!
that stir-fry looks good. we use ramen. mainly now just for the noodles. i don’t use the flavor packets, but have subbed spoonful of msg-free chicken bullion. but i’m gonna try switching to broth this winter with the kdis.
Amber S says
Ramen noodles- yuck! My husband still likes them- I’m disgusted by the ingredients and nutrition label- but there are still a few packages hidden in the pantry- he hasn’t asked for them in a very long time, and I haven’t offered!
Update: Love this! Made it for lunch with Bragg’s since that’s what we had and even my son liked it. I didn’t have olive oil so used sesame oil. It will be on our rotation!
my husband and I make fun of ramen noodles for the fact that they are, well, as you said- MSG-covered cardboard. however, in our newlywed days we did buy quite a bit of them for lack of funds. :-P Now, thankfully, we rarely have them. I like Asa’s spaghetti-noodle idea! good thinking!
C Dazey says
Some of my family’s favorite meals are various stir-fry dishes, usually made with spaghetti – though we’ve tried rice noodles and linguini too. But, sometimes, we still find it all too easy to slip back into the .17 package of comfort…
allie zirkle says
we haven’t purchased ramen in months. woohoo!
Yum! Can’t wait to try this!
ELENA MARSHALL says
I love noodles/pasta in general,….but believe it or not,….my 16yo daughter made a ‘jingle’ about ramen noodles that starts like this,….”Oh I want me a cup of ramen noodles,…” The child just LOVES THEM!!! :o\
I have a weakness for Ramen. I probably have a packet once a year or so. That and Chef Boy R D. Evil, evil I tell you.
Mrs W says
sure look forward to trying this and have a yummy healthier recipe instead of ramen noodles.
What a great idea. Kudos Asa.
Kristine A says
Looks great…I think my kids will love this!
I made this and it was a hit!
jenn foy says
Tammi M says
Loved ramen noodles while in college! :) Of course now I shutter to think about how terrible it was for me!!
That’s ok, Tami. Starvation is not very healthy either. :)
I’ve made this before, but making a kind of terryaki sauce from my soy sauce, nice to get a simple suggestion of just using the soy sauce, great idea for when I am busy or tired. All those veggies look great, I think cabbage would be good in it to.
I tried your noodles stir fry, since I have been craving veggie lomein. It was yummy….thank you for the idea!
Christina Frei says
Yes, it’s very strange how yummy ramen noodles taste considering they are not made out of food, really. We don’t buy them, ever, but I’m looking forward to trying this recipe to see if we can replicate the taste…:)
Hubby and oldest child love RAmen…I’ve never been a fan. However, it’s been a while since we had stir-fry…this looks super easy…and only has a few ingredients…we will have to try it! :)
My husband and asa have those noodles in common! Myhusband looooooves them and often wants me to buy them lol. I think irs the cheapest way to make his day:) but since he likes them “cooked” a certain way that only hr knows, splurging once in a blue moon is exciting for him…and me:) since I get a meal off!
Ramen is nasty! This, however, looks delicious! I may try it with zucchini noodles since we don’t do grains.
I have just tried ramen this past week, through a Vietnamese friend. They were homemade and delicious! Can’t wait to try your recipe!
Looks really good and I’m sure my kids will eat it!
I used to like Ramen Noodles. I’ve been eating mostly whole foods for several years. I had Ramen Noodles a couple of month’s ago for old time’s sake and Blechhhh!!! Your Stir Fry recipe sounds wonderful though! I hope to try it this week!
I will put this recipe on my menu plan for this coming week. Thanks for what looks simple and delicious.
Elizabeth Ginter says
I’ve always been afraid to try Ramen Noodles! However, this recipe looks really good…I’ll be trying this sometime this week!!
Hopefully this will replace my childs craving for ramen noodles
Emmi Rose says
These were an awesome tasting, quick to make lunch. sometimes I just need something that will go over well and this definitely did. thanks so much
Lena Courbron says
My kids LOVE ramen. I know how bad they are for them and have been wanting to find an alturnative. your recipe looks so good. I think I will try it this week for them.
Never have eaten them.
I ate them as a kid a few times. I can still remember that enticing smell and taste. Oh so bad for you so I stay away. I can’t wait to try your version. Thanks!
I don’t really have a relationship with Ramen Noodles, but I think this recipe sounds so simple, healthy and delicious that I’m going to develop a relationship with it! I love that it is built in veggie (obviously, it is a stir fry after all).
Teresa Yb says
I’ve been making a similar dish for quite a while. I cook some garlic with the veggies and add some red pepper flakes and ginger for some kick.
My husband requested ramen noodlesin his boxes from me while he was stationed in Afghanistan last year. I can’t stand them, they’re too salty for me. We’re trying stir fry tonight with noodles. Can’t wait!
I eat Ramen noodles but I throw the packet out and use my own seasonings. I like to saute red peppers and sweet onions in olive oil and then cover the noodels with it. Yummy. Looking forward to trying this recipe. I wish my husband and son liked vegetables!
We do this too, but when we toss the soy sauce, we add a little fresh parmesan cheese too! (Not sure why, but we do, and it is yummy)
My kids and I love Ramen! I have been tossing out the ‘flavoring’ packet for ages though. I make the noodles and add either an MSG free bouillon cube or stir in a TBS of Miso after the noodles are done. We called it Oddles of Noodles growing up and it is a sure fire cure for me when I feel like throwing up.
Where you you find MSG free bouillon cubes? I’ve looked high and low and haven’t been able to find them. Thanks. I would love to find some.
We have a warehouse club in the East called BJ’s and they have soft
bouillon cubes in beef and chicken flavors that are MSG free. They are
also a good price. See if you can get them!
Jackie Brown says
I make this too, and add a tablespoon of sesame oil. It’s really good with it. Thanks for sharing!
@Erin……I purchase MSG free chicken & beef base at Walmart! It’s in jars on the top shelf in the soup aisle. It’s by ‘Better than Bouillon’, it does have a few not so good ingredients, the best by far is homemade chicken stock, but this comes in handy as a close 2nd! :)
We sometimes have ramen noodles around here. We don’t use the seasoning packet though. We just throw it away. The kids then mix their own versions of chinese sauce using jellies, balsamic vinaigrette and liquid aminos. They are happy when they can make a snack and I am happy that I don’t have to. :)
I just made this tonight expecting leftovers for lunch, but my family devoured the whole thing and begged me to make it again sometime. Thanks for another great recipe!
I’m weird. I don’t like Ramen Noodles cooked. I like them raw. I actually brake up the uncooked noodles in the bag and pour the dry seasoning packet over the top. Yes I know it’s bizarre but I’ve always loved the crunch of dry pasta. I even used to steal a spaghetti noodle or two out of the pot before they all drowned in water.
We used to love ramen noodles. Tried them again not too long ago. Yuck! I sure miss the idea of them though. Trying this tonight. Thanks for the makeover
Bev k says
A little orange marmalade with some soy and terikai is tasty on the whole wheat noodles as well
Lena Courbron says
made these for lunch today. was a big hit with the hubby! my one year old loved it as well. DH says this would be great for dinner! Thanks Laura, you’ve done it again!
Fantastic recipe :-) and as i was cooking it , my picky 10yr old was cooking a pack of top ramen haha!!
I just read your post about fats and oils and how it is apparently not healthy to high heat vegetable oils, but I see here you are frying with olive oil… is frying not considered high enough heat to create the damaging changes to the oil?
Yes, sorry for the confusion on that. Olive oil is fine up to 450 degrees without becoming unhealthy. Since it would be very difficult to even come close to that tempurature in this recipe, I don’t think you need to worry about it being damaged. Thanks for asking!
Alicia S. says
My family used to enjoy stir fry, but I’ve become sensitive to soy. Do you know of any substitutes for soy sauce that still impart flavor? I haven’t seen any…
Kris Mays says
I would use sea salt, instead.
Try Coconut Aminos! This is what we use now since we went soy free. Taste just like it!
Annie Chun’s makes 100% whole grain brown rice pad thai and mai fun noodles, they are great! http://www.anniechun.com/our-food/noodles/pad-thai-brown
Erin C says
This pregnant mama is satisfied!! AND my 3 young kids along with my husband gave it rave reviews and kept saying, “This is sooo yummy!” I had a little trouble getting all my veggies cooked uniformly, but it was still so good. I used frozen peas, fresh baby carrots, green pepper, a pearl onion and fresh green beans from the garden. The green beans never did seem to soften enough, while the peas got overcooked. No worries, though, those are easy fixes. Thanks again for another great and easy recipe!! I will definitely be adding this into our regular rotation.
I just found this recipe over the weekend and made it tonight for my hubby. He can’t stop talking about how delicious it is! I used green beans, chunks of onion and whole baby carrots with spaghetti noodles. I will most definitely be adding this to my meal rotation. Thank you so much!!
I wonder how a tablespoon or two of your homemade onion soup mix would taste in this dish, as a replacement for the seasoning pack. Hmm… how to rehydrate the onions though? Maybe mix a little of the boiling pasta water with the onion mix in a small bowl or mug while the pasta is cooking, then stir it into the finished dish before serving. I think I’m going to try it!
Have to try this really soon. Recipe sounds very versatile & good for those days when dinnertime sneaks up on you.
I know this is an older post, but I love this idea! I’ve used gluten free rice pasta and I’ve used the Stir Fry rice noodles on the “Asian” isle at the grocery store. They are even more healthy than a while grain pasta (especially if you are gluten intolerant like me.)
Have you tried the pasta made from veggie? Usually has dried sweet corn, carrot and squash as listed ingredients. I don’t know how healthy it actually is or if made from whole grains too.
Haven’t tried it, but sounds like something to look into!
Hey!! I tried this tonight for my supper. Home alone tonight so I wanted something easy. I’ve looked at this recipe many times and just couldn’t imagine anything so simple could be so delicious! But is IS! I had leftover spaghetti pasta in tne fridge as some pepper, half an onion , and a tiny hello squash languishing in my fridge. It turned out fantastic! Thank you for a great recipe and an even better way to use up leftovers! I love it! Best lo mein I’ve had lately!
Have you tried soba noodles? Sooo good stir fried and with some soy sauce