How to Make Healthy Ramen Noodle Soup for Kids


From kids to college students to adults, I don't know many people who don't love Ramen Noodle Soup. Yummy noodles in a delicious broth, what's not to love?! Well, maybe the MSG for one. This recipe loses the little packets, powder and all that MSG and replaces it with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry!

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Chelsea

    I love this! I've looked all over for a good recipe like this and haven't been able to find one. I'm very excited for this recipe!! Thanks

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  • Schira

    Yippee! My son loves Ramen noodles (and sometimes it's all he'll eat...we're having a bit of a challenge getting my 21 month old to eat much of anything these days!). Looking forward to the recipes. And I just LOVE your website and the daily recipes. They've been very helpful...THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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  • Jolene

    I have one child with a severe sesame and soy allergy (among her other allergies) so I will have to play with this recipe to accommodate her needs. I wonder how the Chinese 5 Spice powder would work? I'll have to play around...its difficult when you can't have soy and its in EVERYTHING! We're going to China for 3 weeks and our little one is not going; she wouldn't be able to eat a thing!

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    • Catherine

      Have you tried using Braggs Amino Acids? You can find it at health food stores and most groceries. It tastes just like soy sauce, but no soy. It's amazing. I sprinkle it on my kids veggies all the time. I also thing Chinese 5 spice would be really interesting!

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  • Jennifer

    I have to admit I gasped when I saw ramen on here. :) But losing the seasoning/oil packets, I might just give this a try.

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    • Catherine

      Please try it! my kids went crazy for it!!

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  • Kirstin

    Mmmmm soup! Looking forward to trying out the recipe and introducing my little ones to ramen noodles. Thanks Catherine!

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  • Tracy

    My kids are going to be so happy with this one!

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  • Krissy

    Heh, Ramen is so yum. I love eliminating the naughty package...never cared for it anyways. I usually just mix ramen noodles (Boiled in water drained) with stirfry, but the soup sounds delicious! Growing up my mom always added veggies...handfulls of frozen peas, or a handful of asian veggies, and whatever meat she had in the fridge.

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  • Sara

    I would love to make this soup, but we don't use any kind of alcohol in anything. Can I just omit it or substitute with something else?

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    • Catherine

      Mirin is a sweet rice wine that adds sweetness and depth of flavor. You could try sweet rice vinegar instead or something like apple juice if you're looking for something with no acidity. You could also leave it out and see how you like it that way!

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  • Alison

    To make it even a little bit healthier, if you can get your hands on ramen noodles that are not fried, definitely try that! The Asian supermarkets here in Las Vegas have several different varieties :) I'm definitely going to try your version of the soup though!

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  • Gina Lindsay

    I know what I am having for dinner!

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  • CarinaRdz

    You can also whisk a raw egg into the pot, after the noodles before the veggies, and it creates something similar to a Japanese egg drop soup. It scrambles in the water really quickly. Pretty yummy and adds that little bit of protein that is usually lacking in any ramon creation.

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    • Catherine

      Oh I love that idea. Similar to egg drop soup, yum!

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  • Vicki

    This looks so yummy and easy. Can't wait for the recipe!

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  • Esther

    Sounds like a great replacement! Unfortunately, the Korean household doesn't do Top Ramen... we go for the extra spicy Korean variety (aka Shin Ramen)... =( may be I'll play around with your recipe and add some red pepper powder. =D Thanks for the idea!

    Either way, I usually hide what Ramen we do have in the house because the hubs is constantly looking for it (a nice way to make him forget about it hehe) - so we have it on rare occasions.. may be once every several months?

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  • Michelle

    Just wanted to mention that mirin can have some pretty scary ingredients in it too (corn syrup, preservatives) so go to an asian market that has many brands to compare and read the labels. I don't use the stuff anymore(blasphemy, growing up in a japanese household!), and instead combine sweet rice vinegar (trader joe's!) with a little sweetener of choice. The ratio is crucial and I haven't mastered it but I go by taste depending on what I'm making.

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    • Catherine

      You could also add a touch of agave or honey to this recipe to give it a touch of sweetness if you don't have or want to use mirin.

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  • Nisha

    Made this for dinner last night - our daughter was shoveling spoon after spoon into her mouth (and she is a picky eater!). In fact, she asked for both a fork and a spoon to test out which would assist in maneuvering the noodles into her mouth quicker ;-)

    Husband also liked it and had extra helpings!

    I added peas and corn to the recipe, and some grilled chicken.

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    • Nisha

      Oops and forgot to mention: i also made it egg-drop soup style, and added 4 eggs to the recipe as well! YUMMY!

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  • LaToyia

    yummy, this is a recipe after my heart.
    and my kid will eat anything so thank you,
    I am so excited to try this since I also grew up on these nasty seasoning packets.

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    • Bayonle

      It takes a hecka-long time, but my go-to under the weather food is King Ranch Chicken. I smeimr a whole fryer chicken to makes it, and stick it in a huge casserole pan. It usually makes about 8 pounds haha, but it's delicious and fattening and I can eat on it for about a week :P

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  • Jmc

    We prefer to use fresh egg noodles or rice noodles instead of dry instant noodles for our noodle soup. These are generally cheaper and you get way more noodles for a family of 4.

    If we do use dry instant noodles though, we like to boil and drain the noodles before adding soup to the noodles. That way, the a lot of the excess wax gets washed away and the noodles don't get over-cooked in the broth.

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  • Michelle

    A friend of mine just sent me this link which shows what happens inside your intestinal tract when you eat packaged ramen noodles. Just a teaser in my opinion. I wish they had more info. Enjoy.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/ramen-digestion_n_1263825.html?icid=maing-grid7|maing8|dl14|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D134120

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  • Tennille

    My boys love Ramen (they get it at grandma's house), but I never make it for them at home because of the \"chemicals\" in them. I'm so excited to try this recipe. However, I have to say that miso and mirin are not things I normally have in my pantry. Maybe they will be now : )

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  • Ally

    WOW, this is amazing!
    Im a University bound student, and since my parents have been gone for a week, i thought i might as well get myself used to the noodle diet
    instead i found out how to make my own ramen noodles, and also your soup as well!
    i added a few veggies in, and used actual garlic and onion instead of the powder. Add some green onions, leeks, pepper and ginger in, and it tastes amazing!
    thank you! im guessing ill be living off my own ramen in university thanks to you!

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  • Catherine

    Awesome!

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  • JB

    Loved this! I added a lot of yummy stuff to mine, I used the mushrooms, softened carrot chunks, peas & corn. I did forget the to get mirin at the store, but I also went for low sodium soy sauce, so it wasn't too salty for us, but next time I make it I'll have to remember to get the mirin. My 1yo actually ate most of the noodles & veggies, including the mushrooms! I just drained the broth from his since he hasn't mastered the spoon just yet, but the fact that he ate most of it was amazing! I had 2 bowls and never felt weighted down, so a very happy mama here. Thank you so much for coming up with this.

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  • Daisy

    if you cant respond back before Thursday, how much of the ingredients would i need to supple 30 students in my class? It's due Friday.

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    • Catherine McCord

      Here is the written recipe: http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2012/01/30/healthy-ramen-noodle-soup/ It serves 4 as a main course. If the kids are pretty young then 1 recipe could probably serve 6-8, depending on how much you plan to give them. So if you're giving out small portions then I would triple the recipe! If you want this to feed them for lunch or something then I would probably increase the recipe 5 times! :)

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  • Tammi Jarvis

    Thank you for this recipe! I have been making it for my kids and they love it.

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