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4.87 from 22 votes

Quick Ramen Bowl

Turn a boring and inexpensive pack of ramen into a flavorful and filling meal with these quick and easy add-ins.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Total Cost: $1.01 recipe
Servings: 1


  • 1 package ramen noodles $0.25
  • 1 cup fresh spinach $0.17
  • 3 medium button mushrooms $0.26
  • 2 whole green onions $0.16
  • 1 large egg, optional $0.12
  • 1 tsp chili garlic paste, optional $0.05


  • In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, wash and slice your veggies. Once the water is boiling, add the dry noodles and cook according to the package directions (boil about 5 minutes). Add the seasoning packet (or half a packet if you prefer less sodium) and stir until dissolved.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and stir in all of your fresh veggies. Allow them to sit in the hot (not boiling) broth for 1-2 minutes or until slightly softened.
  • Make a well in the center of the pot and crack the egg into it. Allow the egg to poach in the broth until the whites are solid but the yolk is still runny. Alternatively, you can break the yolk and stir the pot just slightly to yield egg ribbons like in egg drop soup. The water should not be boiling at this point or else your egg will dissolve into such small pieces that it will just give you a cloudy broth.
  • Pour the soup into a bowl and serve with a dollop of chili garlic paste on the side.