This Spicy Vegetarian Ramen has a quick trick for a super tasty vegan broth that infuses the ramen noodles with oodles of flavor! Add all your favorite toppings and get ready to faceplant!
First make the fried garlic in chili oil. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Once hot, add thinly sliced garlic and pan fry, stirring often, until garlic is just beginning to turn golden, approx. 3 minutes. Stir in sesame seeds and cook an additional minute until garlic is crisp and toasty. Carefully transfer mixture to a small bowl and add crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well and set aside.
Bring the same pot to medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil and add garlic, chopped green onion (whites only - save the greens for topping) and chopped dried porcini mushrooms. Sauté until fragrant, approx, 1 minute.
Add your broth, soy sauce, tomato paste, and Sriracha.
While the soup simmers, prep your choice of toppings.
Once your broth is fragrant and ready, strain by pouring through a fine mesh sieve/strainer and add back into the pot, removing the onion and dried mushroom bits.
Give the broth a little taste and further season if/as desired. A little extra Sriracha will add heat while extra soy sauce will add saltiness and umami. For a brothier, soup-like ramen bowl feel free to add an extra cup of broth and adjust seasoning to taste.
For a thicker ramen broth, cook your noodles directly in the simmering broth for approx. 3-4 minutes or until tender. For a thinner broth, feel free to cook ramen seperately and add before serving.
If you prefer any of the other veggies softened versus raw (sliced carrots or jalapeños for instance) you can absolutely add them to the broth to simmer/cook until tender as well! This soup is crazy easy to customize.
Ready to eat? Top ramen and broth with a drizzle of chili oil and add all your favorite toppings and feel free to check out the blog post for even more topping ideas! Enjoy!
Spice lovers can add extra sriracha to taste, or control the heat with crushed red pepper flakes if desired. The optional jalapeño topping will also add heat for an even spicier ramen! I LOVE thinly sliced jalapeños on top of mine!
I can't typically find fresh at my grocery store so I opt for the dried noodles from the International Foods aisle. I like to use about 4-6 oz noodles here but you can adjust this to taste.
My favorite ramen to use is a little less traditional, as it's not fried and does not come with a seasoning packet. They're labeled as KA-ME Curly Noodles and are a great healthier option for ramen bowls! They're also pretty easy to find! I've found them at Publix, Target, and on Amazon.
Nutrition facts below are an estimate for the broth and ramen provided by an online nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed by adding nutrition facts for toppings chosen.
Recipe by Peas and Crayons - Spicy Vegetarian Ramen https://peasandcrayons.com/2020/04/spicy-vegetarian-ramen.html