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Chopsticks inside mason jar instant noodle soup prepped with ramen, veggies and savory spices.

Homemade Cup Noodles


Homemade cup noodles are packed with umami flavor! It’s the perfect meal-prep recipe. Assemble in mason jars in just 5 minutes. Refrigerate up to 4 days. When ready to enjoy, add hot water and stir.


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  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon (bouillon paste), chicken or mushroom flavored*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce (or low-sodium soy sauce)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger or ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, green beans)
  • 2 ounces dried ramen noodles (like Ocean’s Halo ramen noodles)
  • 1 green onion, sliced

*FOR A RICHER BROTH: Use an additional 1/4 teaspoon bouillon paste and 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce. However, to keep the saltiness in check, I recommend low-sodium soy sauce. Be sure to carefully measure the bouillon paste as even a touch more can really ramp up the salt content.



RECIPE NOTE: The ingredients for this recipe are scaled to fit 1 wide-mouth (16-ounce) mason jar, for 1 individual serving. 

  1. Add “Better Than Bouillon” paste to the mason jar. Add soy sauce, dried parsley, garlic powder, and ground ginger. With a spoon, mix to combine. 
  2. Pour frozen veggies directly on top of the seasoning mix. But do not mix. Leave the ingredients in layers.
  3. Break dry ramen into pieces (so it will cook faster). Place it on top of the veggies. Sprinkle green onions over the ramen, but do not mix. Attach the lid to the jar. Store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.

MEAL PREPPING TIP: Wrap sliced onions in a small square of plastic wrap to create an airtight packet. This will keep them crisp and fresh for later. Place packet on top of other ingredients.


  1. Remove the lid of the mason jar. (If this meal was prepped in advance, unwrap sliced green onions and sprinkle on top.)
  2. Pour 1 1/4 cups boiling water over the noodles. Attach the lid to the jar. Let cuppa noodles sit on a heat-safe surface for 5 minutes or until the ramen noodles are soft.
  3. Remove the lid. With chopsticks or a spoon, stir until the seasonings are fully dissolved and enjoy.

MICROWAVE INSTRUCTIONS: If applicable, unwrap packet of green onions and sprinkle on top. Add just enough water to cover the noodles. Microwave for 2 minutes (without metal lid or metal ring). Cover for 2 minutes. Then stir until seasonings are dissolved.


EXACT QUANTITY OF NOODLES AND VEGGIES:  To make 4 servings mason jar cup noodles, buy 1 box Ocean’s Halo Organic Ramen Noodles (4 packages per box), and 1 10-ounce bag frozen mixed veggies (2 cups veggies per bag). It’s the exact quantity of noodles and veggies needed for this recipe with nothing left over.

FOR MORE UMAMI FLAVOR: After prepping the soup with hot water, drizzle 1/8 teaspoon toasted sesame oil into the broth and stir well.

HOW TO ADD A KICK OF SPICE: When meal prepping noodle cups, add dried red pepper flakes to the seasoning mix at the bottom of the mason jar. Or after adding boiling water to the instant ramen, add chili oil or Sriracha.



  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: Mason Jar
  • Cuisine: American

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