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15 Minute Garlic Butter Ramen Noodles with a little bit of “sneaky” zucchini hidden throughout. These noodles are for those nights when you’re craving simple summer flavors, but are also looking for total comfort food in a bowl full of buttered noodles. This dish has brown rice ramen noodles tossed with golden caramelized garlic butter, shredded zucchini, a splash of soy sauce, and so much fresh garden basil. Not only are these noodles delicious, they’re also made easily using just 7 ingredients, and ready to eat in 15-minutes. Perfect weeknight noodle dinner!

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These noodles are what I call “college student” food done healthier…thanks to the addition of brown rice ramen and plenty of summer zucchini. And while this recipe is the simplest, I can promise you that it’s also delicious. It’s a recipe you’ll make time and time again. Maybe on a rainy night (it’s currently downpouring) when you just need a bowl full of comfort in the form of buttered noodles.

Truly the perfect easy Monday night dinner to enjoy.

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The Inspiration.

Growing up there were many summer nights that my mom would request buttered noodles tossed with my dad’s garden basil for dinner. Anyone who knows my mom knows that she practically survives off of bread and noodles with the addition of hot chocolate. Yes, some fruits and vegetables are mixed in too, but my mom loves noodles, pasta, and bread. Seeing as we spent a whole lot of time together growing up, I too love a simple bowl of buttered noodles with fresh basil tossed into the mix.

And Asher does as well. Apparently this “buttered noodle” trait runs with the girls of the family. My brothers could care less about any kind of noodle that doesn’t come with a side of meat.

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Anyway, this is, of course, a simple concept. But every summer I try to come up with a new way to make buttered noodles feel special and exciting again. This year I’m pulling out an oldie recipe and giving it new life, enter these ramen noodles.

I first made these noodles over four summers ago and had completely forgotten about them. But when I walked over to the garden the other day and saw all the basil I was suddenly hit with a round of deja vu. And thus the idea to remake these noodles was born.

Garlic ramen, but with the addition of basil, shredded zucchini…to incorporate summer vegetables, and a splash of soy sauce. Was it too simple of an idea? Maybe.

But does it sound delicious? Yes…so very delicious!

So I went for it, and now we have 15-minute garlic butter ramen noodles to enjoy for dinner tonight. It’s going to be good.

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The quick recipe run-down.

First, things first, the noodles.

Personally, I love using brown rice ramen, which are vegan and gluten-free. I know it might be hard to believe, but these really do taste just like the ramen noodles we loved as kids…just much healthier. You can find these noodles online, either on Amazon or Thrive Market. Or you can purchase them at Whole Foods, Costco, and in many grocery stores as well.

Of course, you can also use whatever your favorite brand of ramen is…hello to a little Top Ramen. That works too! Just discard the seasoning packet. You won’t need it for this recipe (though, in thinking about it, I imagine that could be good as well).

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While the noodles are cooking, start in on the butter. If you can find it, use cultured butter (sometimes referred to as European butter). It’s my favorite butter to use for both cooking and baking, I especially love Vermont Creamery’s Cultured Butter. I’d also recommend my other go-to butter, Land O’Lakes Extra Creamy Salted Butter.

Now, melt the butter. Add the garlic and let it get golden and caramelized (the kitchen will smell like garlic butter…a wonderful thing). Toss in some fresh ginger and shredded zucchini. Now add the noodles, a splash of soy sauce, and finish it off with all that fresh summer basil. The basil is KEY here so please do not skimp on it. And please, use fresh. Trust me, it’s worth a market run for good fresh basil as it adds all the flavor to these noodles.

Serve the buttered noodles with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, and if you’d like, a soft boiled or fried egg.

Simplest summer dinner, but every twirl of noodles just kind of melts in your mouth.

Think buttery, slightly garlicky noodles, kicked up with ginger, seasoned with the slightest amount of soy sauce (that brings just the right amount of salty savory flavor), and heavy on the basil.

It’s all just delicious. Enjoy your 15-minute noodle dinner guys!

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Looking for other summer ramen recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

30 Minute Caramelized Shallot Beef Ramen Noodles

20 Minute Ramen Carbonara

Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen Noodle Salad

Lastly, if you make these 15 minute garlic butter ramen noodles, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

15 Minute Garlic Butter Ramen Noodles.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 247 kcal

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  • 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and garlic. Cook until the garlic is golden and caramelized, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the ginger, cooking another minute. Stir in the zucchini, cooking another 2-3 minutes, until the zucchini wilts into the butter. Stir in the ramen noodles, soy sauce, and basil. Gently toss to combine. Remove from the heat.
    3. Divide the noodles among bowls and top with sesame seeds, basil, and eggs, if desired. Eat immediately...enjoy!


Ramen Noodles: I love using brown rice ramen, which are vegan and gluten-free. You can find these noodles online either on Amazon or Thrive Market. Or you can purchase them at Whole Foods, Costco, and in many grocery stores as well.

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  1. Made this last night. Even my picky husband liked it! I had basil, garlic, and zucchini fresh from my garden, added such nice flavor

    1. Hi Nicole,
      Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner. Thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Erin,
      Happy Sunday! I love to hear this recipe was enjoyed and I truly appreciate you giving it a try! xxTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    So dang good! My kids and I gobbled it up. I used 4 packets of ramen for the 3 of us, which left about another serving left over. I cut down on the butter a bit (about 4 tbsp instead of 6) and left out the zucchini. Instead, I made some green beans on the side, chopped them into 1 inch pieces and mixed it in. I also added red chili pepper flakes and sliced green onions to the finished meal. Don’t forget the fried egg! It really adds substance to the dish and makes it a bit more filling.

    1. Hey Stacy,
      Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, love to hear that it was enjoyed! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you. Have the best week:) xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious and comforting. Easy and cheap! Summery and ramen-y but with twist. I was skeptical at first but this really works! Great for tired Monday night and I can see other veggies easily making their way into this!

    1. Hey Laura,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Ashley,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  4. Hello! I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I did have a question – the list of ingredients just says 2-3 brown rice noodles with a link. After clicking the link, there are a couple different sizes, so I’m just confused! Is it 2-3 of the 2.8oz packages that you’re using? I can probably figure it out but I just wanted to be sure haha!

    1. Hey Anna,
      Sorry for any confusion, I am referring to the squares of ramen. So you will want to use 2-3 ramen squares. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  5. Just made this last night! Didn’t have zucchini so shredded carrots; didn’t have basil so subbed in cilantro. It was delicious! And I love the brown rice and millet ramen from Lotus ( also like their Pad Thai noodles).

    1. Hey Carol,
      I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I pin a lot of your recipes but this is only the second one I’ve made. I needed a quick weekday meal so I tired your 15 minute garlic butter ramen noodles. It was an easy recipe with great flavor. 3 out of 4 of us enjoyed it, which is par for the course around here. I’ll definitely be making this again!

    1. Hey Lauren,
      I am so thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! Happy Friday! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious! Made a dozen times. We also toast some rice crispies in a tsp of sesame oil and add to top- nice crunch!

    One question- the cookbook version is for 2 and this is for 4. But it’s so delicious I’ve made for crowds- 8-10. It never turns out right when I double and triple. I think I’m using too much buttter? Or maybe it’s too many noodles in the pot and they stick? Any advice on how to double or triple while maintaining current level of deliciousness? ☺️

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! I’ve never doubled or tripled the recipe, that can be tricky to do sometimes. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious. My only note is that I used 3 packets of the recommended and linked brown rice ramen and 3 packets of this do not make 4 servings. Maybe small side dish servings. But barely 2 main dish sized servings. So for our family of 5, we would need like 8 packets. There were so few noodles after cooking that I was looking in the drain to see if I accidentally dumped them, lol! But other than ending up with way less portion than expected, the noodles were delicious!!

  9. 5 stars
    This is a great comfort food style dish! Delicious, inexpensive, and quick. And the perfect go-to when my husband and I can’t decide what to make for dinner. Ha!

  10. Loved loved loved this recipe. It was the perfect meal for our family to eat this weekend–comforting, easy, and so very tasty! The butter/garlic/zucchini/ginger mixture was incredibly delicious. I later wondered if adding 1/4 C soy sauce was a tad bit too much–i.e. for me it slightly overpowered the taste of the garlic butter. Next time I make this (uh, like tonight), I think I’ll reduce the amount of soy to really enjoy the divine umami flavors this dish brings to the table. Thanks Tieghan!

  11. 5 stars
    Literally so good and easy! I added some chicken meatballs with soy sauce because my husband always likes protein with dinner. Will be making this again!

  12. 5 stars
    So delicious! Great for a getting a quick, fan fave meal on the table after a busy night of kids activities. Made once with the squash…and once with cabbage (what I had on hand). Both worked well in the dish!

  13. 5 stars
    I made these with fresh ramen noodles, and added some red chili flakes for a touch of heat & me and my husband both LOVED this dish. We were craving take out, and we both agreed this was better than takeout! Will definitely make again! So simple, and so delicious! Definitely recommend the chili flakes for those who like spice!

  14. 5 stars
    I was home alone for dinner tonight and I was dreading cooking something for just myself. I was thinking takeout and then I remembered these yummy looking ramen noodles you had posted about. SO glad I decided to whip them up. I was done cooking and ate it before take out would have ever arrived. And they were really good! Thank you for this quick and flavorful recipe!

    1. Aw that is so amazing to hear, Francine! I hope I can continue to be a source of inspiration for you! Thank you! xTieghan

  15. 5 stars
    I’ve made this 3 times now and it never fails to be delicious! I’ve started roasting asparagus and adding it in at the end 🙂 Highly recommend trying this recipe!!

  16. 5 stars
    They look so delicious! I am going to try them soon and will probably sprinkle my favourite oregano seasoning on top.

  17. 4 stars
    Love this recipe. Very quick and I was able to use my basil and zucchini from the garden. Always a bonus when you add an egg or two. This will go into rotation.

  18. 5 stars
    This is so yummy! Thank you for coming up with this recipe. It’s now in the rotation of easy to make but darn good meals!

    1. Hey Molly,
      Usually when you buy brown rice noodles they are in “cakes” so I would use 2-3 of those. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    I’ve made this and you should too! Easy, comforting, lots of flavor and still light. I used the Costco brown rice noodles. My only change is the addition of scallions to the garnish and used more zucchini it’s a wonderful, simple dish that really takes only 15 minutes. Highly recommend!!

  20. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious!! Thank you so much. Right now our garden is producing an abundance of zucchini and this recipe was just what we needed! I made it exactly as printed and it turned our perfect!

  21. 5 stars
    Simple, without being boring! Great Friday night stay-in dinner and all my kids are it!! Wasn’t sure if the basil & soy sauce would work together, but I trusted you and it was perfect.

  22. 3 stars
    You must have been half baked when you judged the prep and cooking times. Food was good but please show me how you soft boiled eggs, grated zucchini, minced garlic, chopped basil, and grated ginger in 5 minutes! It seems that you consistently lower the prep time to get clicks. I like your food but get more frustrated with your ridiculous prep time estimates. And please don’t tell me you had 4 soft boiled eggs on hand!

    1. Hi! I am sorry if the prep time is inaccurate for you. I definitely do not lower to time for clicks, I just try to do an average or how long it takes me. I will try to get a more accurate time for others, and I appreciate your comment! Thank you! xTieghan

  23. Hi Tieghan!

    I tried this recipe tonight and absolutely loved it. This might sound like a silly question (I am new to cooking so forgive me) but when you say “2-3 brown rice ramen” do you mean containers or individual noodle cakes? I used the former and it was a lot of ramen not that I’m complaining because it is absolutely delicious! It would just be good to know for future use. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe and inspiring newbies like myself to cook!

    1. Hey Dani,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try and sorry for the confusion. Yes I was referring to 2-3 noodle cakes for this recipe! xTieghan

  24. 5 stars
    This was so good I wanted to lick the bowl. We doubled it for the 6 of us and added a few cups of corn from the ears we’d cooked the previous night. I’ll admit I didn’t expect much from the brown rice ramen noodles (I’ve been burned pretty much every time I’ve tried to switch from the old favorites), but I loved them. I can’t wait to make this again! Thanks for a great, easy recipe.

  25. 5 stars
    The best 15 min ramen noodle , I added carrots and julienned some of my garden mature green beans .

  26. 5 stars
    Made this with some left over tri trip. I didn’t have zucchini but used spinach, grilled corn and mushrooms instead. It was delish, such a great base recipe that you can make differently every time. Thanks!

  27. Made this today. it was SO GOOD! My husband said it was the best pasta dish I’ve ever made. Thank you!

  28. 5 stars
    Yuuuum! Just made this for dinner. I used half brown rice and half jade pearl ramen noodles I had from some soup packs (didn’t add in their seasoning) and then added in some yellow squash with the zucchini and basil. I used a fried egg on top so I’d have that extra creamy addition to the sauce. Turned out great and I will definitely be making this again! So easy and so good!

  29. 5 stars
    This is a comment on the 15-Minute garlic butter ramen noodles (but my display is taking me to another recipe’s comment section, I think). Anyway…my first time making ramen! It sounded so good and easy (and I love zucchini), I had to try it. I used brown rice ramen, and was so happy with the results! We had it for dinner tonight, and my husband and three kids loved it. So good to have recipes like this that come together so fast!! Especially on these hot summer days! Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you so much for trying this recipe, Janet! I am really glad this turned out so well for you! Especially for your first ramen recipe…YES! xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night, and my twin two year olds used their new word to describe this – delicious! 🙂

  31. 5 stars
    This has become a go-to meal for me! This dish always hits when I want something easy and “yummy”. I’ve made this for friends many times and am always asked to share the recipe!

  32. I made this tonight! And let’s be clear, my husband is the cook! It was SOOOO good. I though I hated ginger but I love it!

  33. 5 stars
    This was yummy! I did change it, but only because of availability of items. I used ghee because I know it can handle a higher heat. Also, couldn’t find brown rice noodles, except in those individual packages with the seasonings. I used a fresh wheat ramen noodle. Anyway, I would make it again. Thanks!

  34. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I opted to add a few extra cloves of garlic (huge garlic fan), but overall the recipe was very straight forward and rewarding. Felt like a much tastier (maybe healthier) alternative to your quick pasta/ramen night.

  35. 5 stars
    Ok, so i made this for dinner tonight…my 16 year old who won’t even look at zucchini ate it up!! I told him when he was done there was an entire one and he couldn’t believe it! It was super easy, very tasty and I had everything! I could see adding some chicken to it or really any meat or shrimp! Thank you for another great one!

    1. Wow love to hear that!! I am so glad this turned out well for you and your family, Yvette!! Thank you! xTieghan

  36. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I needed to use up some meat in my freezer, so I marinated some duck in soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes, seared that, and added it in, but I will definitely make this recipe with eggs and tofu (same marinade as above) too! It came together so fast, which is my favorite part.

    1. Thats the best! I am so glad this turned out so well and you were able to use up what you have!! Win win! Thank you Lizzi! xTieghan

  37. 5 stars
    Delicious, once again! We made this for dinner tonight. I have never made an Asian type dish before. Never have cooked with ginger, sesame seeds, or ramen noodles but I went off it and it was great. We will make this a weekly staple in our home. The zucchini is a nice summer touch and I will probably also use broccoli, carrots and snap peas. Perfect comfort food. I highly recommend.

    1. I am so happy this turned out so well for you, Ting Ting! Thank you for trying it!! I hope you continue to love my recipes! So happy you have been 😊 xTieghan

      1. Oh that looks tasty too. If you look at the other comments, people ask about the miso paste. In any case, I’ve been adding about a tablespoon and its delicious!

  38. 5 stars
    Forgot to rate it 😜
    Oh my gosh, so good!!! I had this for lunch and dinner!! Was so amazing (even without basil). Thanks for another great recipe.

  39. Oh my gosh, so good!!! I had this for lunch and dinner!! Was so amazing (even without basil). Thanks for another great recipe.

  40. Would cutting down a little on the butter be problematic if we were trying to make this a bit lighter?

    1. Hey Kam,
      I would cut it down a touch but not too much. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  41. yum! love this as a great pantry meal for those days when you don’t have enough time to hit up the grocery store. I can’t wait to try it!

  42. 5 stars
    Ooh I love the addition of zucchini! I make this *all* the time from Super Simple! I like to add grilled shrimp

  43. Hello!!! I really want to try this recipe but I don’t have miso paste. Can I completely omit the miso from this recipe?? Or is there any substitute that I can use?

    1. Hi Nada,
      I would just add a pinch of salt and you should be good. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  44. 5 stars
    I love this recipe so much! It’s my go-to when I don’t have much energy to cook or shop. It makes a huge difference to know that even when I have days where I buy the wrong thing for dinner or have a very limited time to cook or both, like yesterday, I can make this and have a delicious and comforting dinner. Thank-you for sharing it!!!

  45. 4 stars
    This was absolutely delicious but not enough to be a main serve. We added mushrooms and silverbeet and doubled the noodles. Nom.

    1. Hi Juliet! There is a “skip to recipe” button on the top of all of my recipes for this specific reason. If you do not want to read the post, you do not have to. Talking about my life and my day is something I enjoy sharing on my blog. I hope you understand. Enjoy the recipe!

  46. 5 stars
    It was simple and delicious. And your writing is so entertaining! Awesome post, thank you!
    P.S: I’m a New Year kid, my bday food always includes booze lol! Saludos desde Costa Rica!

  47. Hi! I made these the other night and was such a fan. Thanks for the recipe! One question: how might one modify this recipe if I wanted a bit of a broth?

    1. Hi! I recommend adding about 1 cup of low-sodium chicken broth. That will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  48. Um. Wow! I just made this for lunch but didnt want to soft boil and peel an egg so I did crispy fried egg on top overeasy… and then that yolk drops into the noodles and oh my….I never want it to end. This is a great recipe!

    1. Yes, that will be just fine! I would use 1/2 teaspoon. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  49. 5 stars
    I love this so much! I’ve made it tons of times and regularly serve it for guests, to rave reviews! I have even made it with seared tuna steaks a few times instead of the eggs – both ways are amazing. Thank you so much!

  50. Made this last night and it was amazing. My four year old picked basil from our garden to add, and then gobbled the dish up just like we did. I made the eggs over medium bc I don’t know how to make them soft-boiled. I LOVE your recipes!

  51. Made this last night after I saw it on your meals for this week. I needed something quick and delicious and had all ingredients. Loved it! Thank you for all of your delicious recipes (I have made many) and awesome blog. Congratulations on your upcoming cookbook and all of your success!

  52. I just made this tonight for my husband! It was so simple and so delicious!! I added a filet of salmon marinated in soy and sesame oil as well as snap peas and mushrooms in the noodles. Thank you for the amazing recipe!

  53. Oodles of Noodles that’s what I grew up calling them too. First thing mama let me “cook” by myself I still love these guys lol. Never met a ramen noodle dish I didn’t like. Can’t wait to try ?

  54. I followed the link here fully expecting to be disgusted at this bastardization of noodles as I know it, but this actually looks really good! In fact, it reminds me of a classic Korean comfort food, from way back in the 70s when a lot of families were entering the middle class, but weren’t really well-off either and often had to stretch meager ingredients to make a meal: butter (well, margarine, in our case) and soy sauce mixed into hot rice!

    A lot of mothers added doenjang (Korean fermented bean paste similar to miso) to the mix as well, and I never heard of anyone adding garlic, but I’m sure no Korean would be objecting to extra alliums! Eggs were a luxury at the time, and if you had them in the 70s, you probably wouldn’t be adding them to such a simple and cheap dish, but today eggs are cheap and abundant and they taste like they belong in a dish like this, so it’s a common ingredient in the modern version of the dish.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, not only for the memories it brings, but also reminding us that food doesn’t have to be hard. 🙂

    1. Hi Anne!! Thank you so much for this incredibly kind comment, I am so happy this post brought you so much joy! YEAH! 🙂

      1. Oh, which reminds me… toasted sesame seed oil (the kind you find at Asian groceries) was also a common ingredient! In fact this is what I recommended to my vegan friend as a sub when I shared the recipe with her.

        If someone is not opposed to eating dairy, but cannot due to health reasons, I might also recommend replacing the butter in the recipe with ghee… some (not all) people who are normally intolerant to butter and other dairy find ghee tolerable, because all the milk solids that usually are the cause of the trouble are rendered out of ghee, leaving behind only the milkfat.

  55. How important is the miso paste? I have everything in my kitchen, except that. I work until later tonight so this sounds perfect!

    1. Hey Michelle! It does add flavors, but mostly it is salty. So just add a pinch of salt and you should be good! Let me know if you have questions and I hope you love this, thanks!

  56. Made this over the weekend, came out great! Did add some carrots(cut in thin strip sticks , cause quickly found out they were too skinny to use in spiralizer , LOL) & chopped up left over boneless pork from chinese restaurant. (was trying to use up leftovers)
    really great will make again…. lots.
    Thank you.

  57. Be honest… Was this inspired by Kylie Jenner’s snapchat saying she eats her ramen with garlic salt, butter and an egg? If so, yours looks about 500000000x better. This looks like the perfect hangover breakfast. I shall try very soon. Way to make something bland/boring look exciting and delicious!

    1. haha! Um, I am not actually sure what you are referring to (i don’t follow the Kardashians…maybe I should though??). Thank you!!! 🙂

  58. I love ramen noodles!! This recipe is so innovative and I love the addition of the zucchini!

  59. This might be a dumb question, but what’s your method for soft boiled eggs? I’ve never tried it and if they’re much softer than hard-boiled, which are already hard to peel…what’s your method for peeling them without destroying?

    Thx, looks yummy!

    1. Hey Heidi! To be honest, I have a really hard time with peeling my eggs and have yet to find a great method. I used older eggs, which I have been told peel better and that does help a little. I also peel them under water and that helps a lot. Let me know if you have more questions. Thank you! 🙂

  60. Our Costco carries the millet and brown rice ramen. You should check them out…so much cheaper than Whole Foods.

  61. Happy late birthday to Miss Asher!! As for my birthday, I love it! Even though I don’t like so much being the center of attention, I love having my family around and being able to hang out and do chill, fun things all day (or most of the day ?). We never had birthday parties, though, and we don’t live around our extended family (GIANT sad face for that…this year’s birthday is going to be extra special in at way, because my family’s taking a vacation to visit our relatives over my birthday, so I’m pretty pumped to be able to be surrounded by a bunch of my favorite peeps for the day!), so our celebrations were just with our parents and sibs. We usually did similar to how you outlined your birthdays growing up: presents, birthday dinner, singing Happy Birthday, cake, yearly birthday pics, and sometimes a family movie picked by the birthday person. Hope Asher has/had a great time at her party!

    1. She say thank you!!
      I totally agree with you! The family is the best part. The vacation sounds awesome!!! Thank you Hannah!

  62. I am always looking for new suggestions to broaden what I cook each week; I’m going to give this a go.

  63. Buttery noodles are the ultimate easy comfort food, I’ll be making this for sure! It sounds delicious and I love that you’ve made it a bit healthier while retaining all the garlicky buttery flavour.

  64. Yes, ramen is a college student’s staple! I’d add tons of vegetables, more tofu, no egg and LOTS of Sriracha. HAHAHA.

  65. I LOVE my birthday and my most favorite so far was turning 40 (3 years ago) – I celebrated for 4 days!!

    My favorite birthday dinner as a kid was spaghetti with Prego sauce because my mom always made her own homemade sauce and Prego was reserved as pizza sauce. I now appreciate the richness of homemade sauce but still like Prego as a treat now and then.

    Favorite birthday dessert has to be a home baked Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake. <3

    1. That sounds amazing!! 4 days!!
      Spaghetti is so good, I make so many dishes I rarely get just simple pasta..
      The cake sounds delish!

  66. Love this recipe and that it only takes 15 minutes. I’m going to Whole Foods in hopes of finding the Ramen noodles packets. I LOVE my birthday and everything about it. My favorite birthday food item isn’t always the same because it’s usually a nice restaurant that I love but don’t get to go to very often, or trying a new restaurant! Uchi!! If you’re ever in Houston or Austin you have to check out Uchi. (the best sushi)

  67. A question please. I do not have white miso but I do have light miso – can I substitute? Thanks Tieghan!

    1. Hey Carol!! I have never used light miso, but I am sure that will be just fine. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!!

  68. I soo need this in my life. I love ramen in all form whether it’s the instant kind or the authentic Japanese kind. It’s like a comfort food. So this is so totally my type of food. Plus it’s 15 minutes and it’s garlic butter. How can I possibly pass this up? And I think the youngest always gets special treatment. Birthday talk/celebration seem to last for weeks!

  69. These noodles look so good! Perfect healthy-ish comfort food for when you just wanna eat but can’t be bothered to cook!

    I’m not especially fussed with birthdays – it’s just another day of the year after all! But I do like to make an awesome meal. The best would be something Mexican – some kind of tacos and then churros for dessert! (And huevos rancheros for breakfast of course).

  70. Oh this will be perfect ! I’m starting to plan my moving at the end of September. Between the unboxing, buying stuff, the empty fridge and pantry and all, I’ll not have much time to cook. So I like these quick recipes ! It’ll be easy to assemble yet will be better than takeout or calling for a pizza (which i know will happen…. but please not 5 days in a row!!!)

    Also, i feel you for the birthdays. I’m exactly like you. I turned 25 this summer, and while for most it’s the perfect excuse to throw a big party, I’m glad we keep it low key. (well I did play with a real grizzly for my birthday!, but it was only me, the bear, my bf and the trainer, no crowd or anything ahah!)

    1. That sounds so fun but so time consuming!! Got to avoid pizza five days in a row!! You can try a bunch if my quick easy recipes!! Hopefully they will be easy with all that moving!
      You played with a grizzly!!?? That is so cool!! Im jealous!!

  71. Really, favorite birthday dinner? Sorta hard to choose because one thing in life that should be varied is flavor and texture. But a favorite meal is my mother’s Split Pea Soup–where the peas are cooked down to the consistency of potato soup. Chunks of yukon gold potatoes, carrots, and kielbasa are nummy nuggets in the flavorful soup. Of course, crusty bread with butter on the side.


    I do like to go out to eat on my birthday. I guess my favorite dessert would be a fresh coconut cake. The kind with 7 minute frosting. Yum!!!

  73. I use ramen packs with the seasoning thrown away in my comfort, student style cooking too – so cheap and such a throwback!

  74. I’m so down with this! Yay for quick and easy back-to-school food! Thanks a million for the continued inspirations Girl!
    To answer questions 1 and 2; You took the words right out of my mouth for number 1, I don’t like my own birthday. I do love going crazy to celebrate someone else’s though. Number 2; Vanilla frosted chocolate cake will forever be my fave b-day dessert and for dinner I’d go for General tso chicken or fettuccine alfredo!

    1. Haha, so funny we would celebrate the same way! AHH so into the fettuccine!! I usually go all chocolate but vanilla frosting could do!?

  75. I cannot wait to make this! Thinking I might make it tomorrow and add a salmon fillet to the top, yum 🙂

  76. I wish I had this recipe back when I was a student, I lived off of Ramen noodles and the seasoning pack flavours became dull very quickly!

    I love birthdays, even my own (despite the getting older bit) but I like them quiet, just a few people to enjoy good food and wine with. And it has to be chocolate cake. I don’t care what kind of cake, it just has to be full of chocolate!

  77. These looks so delish, Tieghan! Well as I’ve mentioned before that rice is a staple in the Philippines? Well, noodles comes second especially during birthdays because it’s supposed to mean longer life for the celebrant, you know because of the long noodles? Yeah! In fact, I keep a couple of different kinds always in my pantry. Oh and happy bday to Asher! ?

    1. Hey Sheila!! I think it is so fun that noodles are a birthday dish! I mean, YUM!! Thanks so much for sharing your story!! I will be sure to tell Asher you said Happy Birthday! Thank you!