When I saw this version of homemade cup of noodles, I knew that I was going to have to give it a try. I have become obsessed with using glass jars in the house – to store, to freeze, and to reuse all over again. And the jars for this recipe were too cute to pass up. Plus, I love how they look when they are packed and ready to grab from the refrigerator.
I am trying to use as few unprocessed ingredients as possible, and am not thrilled with these little packages of concentrated vegetable broth, but they do the trick for this recipe. I tried making my own vegetable bouillon last year, but didn’t love the flavor. I’ll see if I can find another alternative, but for my first attempt at this homemade convenience food, it will have to do…
I was pretty excited when I saw these organic pea shoots at Trader Joe’s. They seem like the perfect addition to a cup of noodles. They offer a bright flavor without being overpowering. Another perk of making these myself is that I can customize each jar. My son is not a fan of mushrooms (that’s an understatement!), so I simply left them out for him. I had a zucchini in the refrigerator that was starting to look a little sad, so I cut it into small matchsticks. The size should work well in the soup as it will cook slightly when we add the boiling water but should still retain some of it’s texture.
I layered the ingredients, with the soup base being squeezed into the bottom of the jar. Then, I added the rice noodles, followed by the veggies and topped with the pea shoots. When we are ready to eat our cup of noodles, all we have to do is add some boiling water, let sit for 2 minutes, and dive in! I can’t wait!
In my experience…
I was pretty disappointed in the final outcome of my first attempt at this recipe. First of all, I didn’t like the flavor of the soup base. It was quite bland and needed salt. Second, and perhaps most importantly, when we allowed the noodles to sit in the hot water for more than 1 minute, they turned into gummy mush. I would highly advise you to not use these noodles…On a brighter note, I LOVED the pea shoots, which gave a nice flavor and cooked perfectly in the brief time that they were bathed in hot water.
I am going to parcook some ramen noodles and then add them to the jars. I may also try using some miso paste or organic vegetable Better than Bouillon for a saltier flavor…or opting out for any “soup enhancers” and simply adding some hot homemade broth instead.
Have you tried anything like this? If so, please share what worked and what didn’t.
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