If thinking about ramen summons images of Styrofoam cups and seasoning packets with enough salt to make you dry up like a prune, you haven’t lived— when it comes to noodle soup consumption, anyway.

Ranging in flavors from bacon and egg, to spicy sriracha, to vegetarian miso, these ramen recipes outdo any packaged variety and are almost as easy to make.

Bonus: It’s a heck of a lot cheaper to go DIY than splurge on $10 noodle bowls. It’s time to start noodling around.

Healthy ramen recipes with chicken

1. Winter chicken ramen

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Photo: Blue Apron

This seasonal recipe is broken down into 6 simple steps, with everything cooking in the broth for maximum flavor.

Add in a healthy dose of cabbage, spring onions, and hard-boiled egg, and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed, feel-good weeknight meal.

2. Mason jar “instant” ramen zoodles

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Taking a cue from the OG Cup Noodles, these elevate the form to whole new heights. And with fan favorites zoodles, coconut oil, and all of the vegetables, these guys are a make-ahead meal you’ll feel better about.

3. A farmer’s ramen

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Photo: Farmette

We’re definitely not farmers, yet our love for this farmer’s ramen is no less. Loaded up with greens like bok choy and kale, this is the perfect dinner to balance out those office days when we’re lucky to see a nutrient.

There’s a recipe for noodles from scratch, and if you’re feeling ambitious, obviously go for it — but no pressure, store-bought is also acceptable.

4. Thai peanut chicken and ramen noodle soup

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You no longer have to make the difficult choice between ordering Japanese or Thai food, thanks to this amazing Asian fusion dish.

Made with plenty of veggies like sweet potato, cremini mushrooms, and red peppers, then doused with just the right amount of peanut butter, your taste buds won’t know what hit ’em — but they will know that they like it.

5. Smoky grilled chicken with zucchini ramen noodles

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We’re in love, we’re in love, and we don’t care who knows it! (With zoodles, that is.) A delicious gluten-free and low-carb alternative to regular ramen noodles, zucchini helps totally load this recipe with veggies.

This one’s super easy to make vegetarian, too: Simply sub tofu for chicken and use veggie stock in place of chicken stock.

6. Miso ramen with shiitake and chicken

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The optional jalapeño slices give this one an unexpected twist, but don’t worry, it also has key staples like bok choy, scallions, shiitake mushrooms, and plenty of miso paste.

Pro tip: Experiment with meats like pork and beef, or vegetarian proteins like tofu, to keep things interesting.

Beef and pork ramen recipes

7. Homemade ramen with bacon and soft-boiled eggs

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Bacon and eggs shouldn’t be limited to breakfast — though you can definitely replace your go-to morning meal with this recipe!

Here, the crispy breakfast favorite tops a hot bowl of miso broth and ramen noodles, which is accompanied by a soft-boiled egg to create the ultimate combo of carbs, protein, and warmth.

8. Slow cooker pork ramen

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If your mouth wasn’t watering by this point on the list: Ready, set, go.

This recipe includes easy-to-follow directions — only 30 minutes in the cooker. Plus, it’s packed with succulent braised pork, so it’s both simple and delicious.

9. Slow cooker beef curry with ramen noodles

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Photo: The Wanderlust Kitchen

With a prep time of 10 minutes and a pretty short ingredient list, this dish looks way more complicated than it is. Just throw this one the slow cooker in the morning, Instagram like you slaved over it, and watch the likes roll in.

10. Beef ramen noodle soup

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This one is packed with veggies (carrots, celery, green onions) and sliced steak. But if you think of it like turning on the stove and waiting, things get less intimidating.

Hidden bonus: There’s also some sriracha tucked inside this brothy goodness.

Vegetarian ramen recipes

11. Vegetarian miso ramen with roasted sweet potatoes

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Another dish that brings out the best of both (noodle) worlds, this recipe is gluten-free and chock-full of healthy ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, and sweet potato.

Pro tip: Miso makes an awesome hangover remedy, so drink away on those painful days.

12. Healthy homemade kimchi ramen

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Kimchi tastes great on its own, but tastes even better mixed in a bowl of piping hot noodles. Made with DIY kimchi or a store-bought variety, this meal is as easy to pull together as blending a smoothie.

The toughest part is finding the ingredients, but most Asian speciality stores should have them — and we promise you’ll find plenty of reasons to use them again.

13. 20-minute spicy sriracha ramen noodle soup

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This recipe can be ready in half the time it takes to decide on dinner, order delivery, and wait for its arrival — ideal for those hangry nights when spending your life savings on delivery feels worthwhile.

To bulk up the veg, add ingredients like mushrooms, broccoli, and kale. Top with fresh scallions and cilantro to feel extra fancy.

14. Easy vegan ramen

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Basic isn’t always bad, and this ramen is proof positive. Spinach, carrots, and mushrooms play nice (how could they ever not) in this quickie recipe.

The freshly grated ginger and garlic will get your sinuses flowing, too. Just what we look for in a soup, really.

15. Gluten-free instant noodle cups

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Even though instant noodles are often overloaded with sodium and lacking in nutrients, there’s something comforting about having a hot meal ready in less than 5 minutes.

This recipe solves the insta-cup woes with DIY seasoning and plenty of healthy additions like baby spinach, carrots, and chicken or tofu.

And best of all: You can pre-make these bad boys and store them in heat-safe jars. Is it just us, or did lunch just get way better?

16. Mexican chickpea noodle soup

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How’s this for a twist on chicken noodle soup? Sub chickpeas for the chicken, and ramen for the linguini, and you have a perfect vegetarian-ramen for cold winter nights.

We love how the Mexican flavors — oregano, cilantro, green chilies, lime, and avocado — give this recipe a fun kick.

Bottom line

Gone are the nights of rummaging around in the dorm pantry and settling on an old dusty packet of ramen noodles (do those things ever expire?).

With our healthy ramen recipes, you can still enjoy the comforts of college with a healthier, tastier spin that proves you’re “adulting.” Still, go ahead and slurp the soup straight from the bowl, though — we won’t tell anyone.