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Kimchi Ramen Noodle Soup

A super healthy soup that’s easy to make, for when the deep heart of winter chills us to the bone. Kimchi ramen noodle soup is full of mouth-watering, health-supporting ingredients like miso, kimchee, mushrooms, and dark leafy greens. {Vegan, dairy-free}

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I don’t know what it is about this winter, but I’ve been all about the light, easy-to-pull-together soups (even if they’re not necessarily fast, like anything with delicious, roasted, caramelized-in-the-oven veggies). Vegetable-strong, dairy-free, with lots of miso (my latest soup ingredient love).

It’s great to have a roster of healthy soups to turn to, especially when, like this past week, the yearly sucker-punch of a cold hits, and knocks me for such a loop that anything more difficult than getting the mail — theoretically easy, but still requires the cold-brain-boggling combination of putting on one’s coat, getting one’s feet into the correct shoes (a matching pair at that), plodding down the driveway without stumbling headlong into traffic aaannnd doing it all in reverse before the sun sets and the coyotes that have recently moved into the ‘burbs start eyeballing my sad self — seems improbable.

So it’s definitely time to share this kimchi ramen noodle soup, which is sooo easy it feels like cheating. But it’s totally not.

And even if it were, I’d never stop.

Because the combination of mushrooms and miso and ginger and kimchi is so tasty it should, I don’t know, become, like, the 6th mother sauce of the indispensable line-up of French mother sauces.

And the fact that it all swirls around twirly fun ramen noodles is just major bonus points. (If you’re using the cheapo packets of ramen — and that’s a-okay in my book (I used them in the video!) — discard the icky seasoning packet and prepare only the noodles.)

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Have I given props to kimchi lately? If not, I should’ve been singing its fabu to the skies. Kimchi is year-round fermented goodness, but I especially love it in the winter, because it’s filled with summer veggies that, by January, I’m already desperately missing.

And it also has that enchanting sneaks-up-on-you heat thing going on that warms within, even through its cool crunch.

And when added to soup … mmmhmmmhmmm. Kimchi’s unique tang and spiciness blends perfectly with the other major flavor players of this soup — miso and ginger — to create a flavor combination that is instantly craveable.

Happily, I have hometown homies who make the best kimchi I’ve ever tasted: The Pickled Pig and their nomcious Napa Kimchi are fixtures at our farmers’ markets, as well as on the shelves of a Cincinnati brick-and-mortar institution, Jungle Jim’s, who sells many artisan goods produced by local food lovers.

I’m one lucky soup-maker, to have access to such ingredients.

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This healthy kimchi ramen noodle soup recipe is intended to be vegetarian (it’s also vegan as written), although feel free to add shrimp, or even umami-ful fish sauce, as you please.

If you’re a strict vegetarian/vegan, do read the miso labels, as some are made with bonito (shrimp or fish flakes). Also check your kimchi (which sometimes has shrimp or fish sauce) and soy sauce.

The dreaded stomach bug is making the rounds in my city (with the lovely symptom of what my brothers, in our youth, used to call “the backfire barfs.” I don’t think more need be said on that, lol), so if you’re looking for more light, health-restoring soups, try these, too:

Flu-Recovery Onion & Shredded Egg Soup
Cold-Fighting Couscous Chicken Soup

Stay healthy, friends!

Karen xo

 

Kimchee Ramen Noodle Soup - Recipe at SoupAddict.com
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4.75 from 4 votes

Kimchi Ramen Noodle Soup

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kimchi ramen noodle soup
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Karen Gibson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon Thai red curry paste optional
  • 1 small leek sliced and cut into half moons (white and light green parts only)
  • 2 cups dark green leafy veggies such as kale or spinach, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms slice if large
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 ounces ramen noodles if using instant, discard flavor packet
  • 2 tablespoons miso sweet/mild/white
  • 1 cup chopped vegetable kimchee
  • 1 tablespoon kimchi juice
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium until shimmering.
  • Add the ginger and curry paste (if using) and stir until fragrant (just 30 seconds so).
  • Add the leeks, greens, and mushrooms, and saute until the greens have wilted slightly.
  • Pour in the broth and soy sauce and raise heat to medium-high. Bring the soup to an active simmer and add the ramen noodles (if using dried, break apart the brick -- the noodles will cooperate more readily with a soup spoon if shorter).
  • When the noodles are tender (use package directions as a guide, although they might take a skosh longer to cook because the soup will not be boiling), reduce heat to low.
  • Place the miso in a small bowl, and add two to three tablespoons of the soup liquid. Stir until the miso dissolves into the liquid, then pour into the soup.
  • Add the kimchee, juice, and sesame oil, and stir well. Taste, and adjust for salt. If your kimchi is particularly strong or sharp, a light sprinkle of sugar over the soup will tame it right down.

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Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.

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Rhonda O'Shea

Thursday 7th of November 2019

I have made this soup since last winter 2018 in Vancouver, B.C. It is, by far, the yummiest, healthiest soup to date. The best part about this soup is you can put more vegetables in it,....add it to your taste, play around with it as it is so versatile and DELICIOUS. My husband absolutely loves it even without the noodles...me I love the noodles!!! Thank you Karen for you love of sharing! Rhonda

Momu

Thursday 12th of September 2019

How to make kimchi juice and kimchi vegetables I’m a pure vegetarian? But had tried instant 3 minutes kimchi noodle cup vegan .

SoupAddict

Thursday 12th of September 2019

I don't have instructions for making kimchi, but, if you're located in the US, there are lots of artisan fermenters who produce vegan kimchi. Ask around at your local farmers market, as producers usually purchase their kimchi vegetables from local farmers. If you're interested in making your own kimchi, just try googling for a recipe - there are tons out there!

Retete

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

great recipe!I came with the hope that I will find a good beef tripe soup. Something like this http://bit.ly/ciorbadeburta but Asian style,They are really good.Maybe you will post a recipe.Pretty pls!?

Jennifer

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

I've made this soup several times this year, and it was exactly what I needed, each and every time. Kimchi and miso make the best soup!

Yvonne

Friday 8th of December 2017

Love, Love, Loved this ramen! I added garlic, pork and soft-boiled egg to this dish and it turned out amazing! I added a little extra vegetable broth paste, to taste, but followed the recipe for the other ingredients. I doubled the recipe and am sooo glad I did!