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My Basic Noodle Bowl (With Variations)

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“I am a fan of noodle bowls. They are cheap, easy, use up scraps and you can be eating in 5 minutes. Not gourmet by a long stretch but they lend themselves to so many variations - only a few of which are mentioned here. Check out your fridge and pantry and let your imagination and personal taste take over. It is an excellent use for 1/2 a pork chop for example.The ingredients list may seem long but you only need to select a few. It seems strange even writing 'optional' as most of it is! Have fun with it! Note: The nutitional data is all out of whack. You would have to use all the protein options plus the egg and still wouldn't get past 40 gr of fat. I wouldn't recommend 12oz of meat/shrimp in one noodle bowl: :)”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 ounces ramen noodles (hold on to the seasoning packet. you may need some of it)
  • 2 -3 ounces leftover cooked beef or 2 -3 ounces cooked pork or 2 -3 ounces cooked chicken, sliced thin or 2 -3 ounces cooked shrimp
  • 2 cups beef broth (the meat you use will determine which broth you choose) or 2 cups chicken broth (the meat you use will determine which broth you choose) or 2 cups vegetable broth (the meat you use will determine which broth you choose)
  • 1 12 cups broccoli slaw mix (alone or combined) or 1 12 cups coleslaw mix (alone or combined) or 1 12 cups shredded cabbage (alone or combined) or 1 12 cups carrots (alone or combined) or 1 12 cups snow peas (alone or combined) or 1 12 cups bok choy (alone or combined) or 1 12 cups bean sprouts (alone or combined)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (optional)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (to taste)
  • grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Put vegetables (except cilantro and green onions) of your choice and whichever broth you are using in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Break up packaged noodles and add to the boiling broth - reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Add thinly sliced cooked beef, pork,, chicken or shrimp.
  4. Add the sesame seed oil, ginger if using and soy sauce to taste.
  5. Cook 1 minute more.
  6. Taste the broth and add some of the seasoning packet until you are happy with the taste.
  7. Empty the contents of the saucepan in to a bowl and sprinkle with cilantro (if using) and green onions.
  8. I like to add a hardboiled egg that has been quartered.
  9. Slurp and enjoy!

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