11 healthy ramen recipes that taste way better than Cup Noodle

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Ramen is one of the many, many joys in a noodle lovers' life. 

But while packaged ramen has recently been scorned for its crazy high sodium content and potential health risks, homemade ramen doesn't need to bare the salty shame of its instant competitor. 

Skip the Cup Noodle or Top Ramen for a day and try making one of these homemade healthy ramen recipes instead. The results are well worth it. 

Spicy homemade pulled pork ramen

Spicy pulled pork ramenSource: How Sweet It Is
Spicy pulled pork ramen  How Sweet It Is

Leftover slow cooker or oven roasted pork, a few fresh veggies and an egg all come together with blocks of ramen noodles to create this spectacular but spicy soup.

Vegetarian ramen bowl with spicy brussels sprouts

Vegetarian ramen bowlSource: Naturally Ella
Vegetarian ramen bowl  Naturally Ella

Roasted brussels sprouts add many more depths of flavor to this healthy ramen.

Loco moco mazemen ramen

Loco moco mazemen Source: i am a food blog
Loco moco mazemen  i am a food blog

Combining traditional Hawaiian and Japanese flavors, this ramen bowl adds protein and vitamins (seaweed!) to your typical dried ramen noodles dinner. Also, it's delicious.

Autumn ramen

Autumn ramenSource: Michael Harlan Turkel/Food52
Autumn ramen  Michael Harlan Turkel/Food52

Tasty all year round, this autumn ramen uses umami-packed mushrooms and a creamy soy broth for optimum deliciousness and comfort on a crisp day. 

Pho ramen

Pho ramenSource: The Woks of Life
Pho ramen  The Woks of Life

If you just can't quit that powdered beef broth, at least add some vitamins with the leafy greens and onions this easy pho ramen creation requires.

Thai peanut chicken and ramen noodle soup

Thai peanut chicken ramenSource: Half Baked Harvest
Thai peanut chicken ramen  Half Baked Harvest

Peanuts and chicken add double protein to this ramen bowl, which is savory and spicy enough to eliminate any cravings for extra salt.

Homemade spicy ramen with tofu

Homemade spicy ramen with tofuSource: Pinch of Yum
Homemade spicy ramen with tofu  Pinch of Yum

If you're in the mindset that anything tofu-topped is healthy (or at least healthier) than this ramen is for you. Order fresh ramen noodles online like the recipe suggests for even more excellence.

Lemongrass chicken soy sauce ramen

Lemongrass chicken ramenSource: Rasa Malaysia
Lemongrass chicken ramen  Rasa Malaysia

A packet of Japanese ramen goes a long way with some freshly cooked chicken, veggies and ginger. 

Kimchi ramen

Kimchi ramenSource: Steamy Kitchen
Kimchi ramen  Steamy Kitchen

Kimchi is packed with health benefits, so adding it to your ramen is a clear yes.

Quick and easy homemade ramen

Homemade RamenSource: A Beautiful Mess
Homemade Ramen  A Beautiful Mess

With a healthy broth shortcut using fresh ginger and garlic, you'll barely miss the MSG. The noodles-to-veggie ratio also makes the ramen feel extra healthy.

Crunchy Asian ramen noodle salad

Ramen noodle saladSource: Gimme Some Oven
Ramen noodle salad  Gimme Some Oven

If you can't quit the crunch of instant noodles, at least surround your dried ramen with fresh vegetables. This edamame- and cabbage-packed salad is an easy potluck pleaser.