Want to travel back to your freshman year dorm room? To the endless nights of studying, energy drinks, and a roommate who liked to clip his toenails on your bed? Pure heaven, right? No? Well this recipe for will at least bring you back the one saving grace for broke college students everywhere: instant ramen. After coming back from a long day of midterms and having sorority recruitment papers shoved in your face, was there anything more comforting than tossing a packet of dry noodles in the microwave with some dehydrated dandruff flakes of vegetables?
Now that you’re out of college (or maybe you’re still in college, or haven’t been to college at all. I don’t know your life. Who are you people?!) you’re probably not as interested in eating 2 days worth of sodium in one meal (or, maybe you are. Again, I don’t know your life). These meal-prep friendly, vegan, low-carb Instant Sesame Noodle Soup Jars will give you that nostalgia you crave while still being able to customize your meal to your flavor and dietary preferences.
What goes into these jars is virtually completely up to you! I would recommend using a large jar, about a ½ pint size, to ensure you can fit a satisfying meal in there as well as layering the jars so the soup base is at the bottom, followed by hardier vegetables, noodles, and raw items at the top to ensure nothing gets soggy.
The soup base is a mix of toasted sesame oil, tahini, and miso paste. I sometimes like to add in some hot sesame oil, gochujang, or Sriracha to get a Buldak Bokkeum Myun vibe. I used a mix of zucchini and shirataki tofu noodles for my jars to keep them on the low carb side, but you could also use carrot noodles, cooked sweet potato noodles, or daikon noodles if you prefer. If you’re not low carb, you could go for a more authentic route and use cooked ramen noodles or even cooked spaghetti for a more budget friendly option! For the protein, I went with edamame beans, but tofu, or, if you’re not vegetarian, cooked, shredded chicken are other great options.
When you are ready to enjoy your noodle soup, just boil some water, pour it into your jar, steep and enjoy! Alternatively, you can pour the soup contents into a microwave safe bowl, add water, and microwave until hot (about 4-5