Instant ramen noodles have been a staple for college students and budget-conscious shoppers for years, but a growing number of restaurants are serving traditional styles of ramen and other noodle soups on far fancier menus than you might expect. Pho, ramen and Vietnamese noodle shops are all the rage among the foodie set, but you can make your own delicious bowl of ramen at home — no flavor packet required.
Homemade ramen takes plain noodles and turns them into something incredible by adding flavorful ginger, garlic, mushrooms and other toppings like eggs, meat and tofu. Ranging in flavors from hearty chicken to vegan miso, these three ramen recipes outdo any packaged version. Give one a try tonight, and you may just have a new favorite that rivals your mom’s chicken noodle soup the next time you’re feeling under the weather.