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This crockpot crispy caramelized pork ramen noodle soup with curry roasted acorn squash is some real deal Ramen. The mixture of flavors and broth – oh my!! Ramen has always been one of my favorite things to eat and now it’s one that I love to make AND eat – YUM.

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

Growing up I pretty much lived on Ramen Noodle Soup. Especially during the cold fall and winter months. If you live in northeast Ohio, especially along the lake, like I used to, you know that those months can be brutal. Comforting soup is the best cure-all. The rain, the freezing rain, the snow, the ice, the bitter cold – with no sunshine for days.

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Ramen, and maybe a roaring wood burning fire, can restore sanity. I would come home from school, boil the water, add the noodles + seasoning and cuddle up on the couch with a big blanket (if I was lucky, the fire was going too), my hot bowl of ramen and either a re-run episode of Gilmore Girls or 7th Heaven.

Ok, that was my ideal day. I cannot say how often that truly happened because I had five other brothers living in the house as well. Getting the TV all to myself meant that I was probably still in grade three, four or five because for some reason those grades got out at 2:45pm. The rest of the grades got out at 3:15 (middle school + high school) and 3:55 (lower elementary school). For the record, Kensington (my upper elementary school) was by far my favorite school, for the sole reason that while attending, I got out earlier than all my siblings. This meant that I had at least an hour alone with my mom after school. With five other siblings + my dad all fighting for her attention, this was obviously the best thing ever to me. It was rare that it was just us girls in the house so I always loved that time after school. Unless of course I had a boatload of homework. Then I was stressed to the max and HAD to get it done right-away (issues).

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

It’s probably clear I was a total freak. No denying it. I mean what kid does their homework literally right after school? I wouldn’t eat or do anything till it was all done. Mental issues? Yes, yes, yes, I had them and still do, but now they are in different forms…

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

I have not actually had Ramen Noodle Soup, with the seasoning pack and all, in years because my mom and I sadly found out (at way too young of an age) that Ramen was basically a bunch of processed junk that we did not want to be putting into our bodies. I still remember the day my aunt Alyssa called and broke the news that our beloved Ramen probably wasn’t the best thing to be eating. Daily. And yes, even as a kid I never wanted to eat junk food unless my mom made it from scratch, meaning all her cookies, cakes, K-bars and pies where fair game. I didn’t even like chips. See, total freak.

Last year I made this Thai peanut chicken ramen that I still love and make all the time with angel hair pasta, but this fall it was time for a new Ramen. And um, I have to say that I have totally upped my Ramen making game.

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w-Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w-Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

The caramelized pork does the trick. It’s pretty awesome, but I still think the egg… or maybe the curry roasted acorn squash (can’t decide) are my favorites. Together they honestly make the most perfect bowl of ramen.

Bonus, the pork gets cooked all day in the crockpot too. It’s the best way to make this because not only does it make dinner easy, but the pork gets cooked low and slow and creates an incredible broth. Seriously, the broth is out of this world good. There is a little work to do before dinner, you have to roast the acorn squash and get the pork all crispy + caramelized in the skillet, but I promise the extra efforts will be so worth it. You do not HAVE to make the pork all caramelized and crispy. It’s still going to be good if you don’t, but I highly recommend taking the extra ten minutes to do so. It takes the meal to a whole new level. Plus, it totally makes this a Bahn Mi Ramen Noodle Soup.

And the squash, well it’s the perfect fall topping to add to Ramen. I wouldn’t do it any other way. So good.

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w-Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w-Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

And those noodles, while nothing will ever compare to real deal Ramen noodles.

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w-Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

Crockpot Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 2018 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 2-3 pounds pork shoulder roast or butt
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth plus more of needed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup + 2-4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce <--Use low sodium
  • 1/4 cup + 2-4 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce optional
  • 2 tablespoons thai red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek chili paste, or to taste
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cups wild mushrooms left whole - or button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 packs Ramen noodles seasoning packets discarded
  • 4 soft boiled or fried eggs for serving
  • Chopped carrots sliced jalapenos, cilantro + green onions, for serving

Curry Roasted Acorn Squash


  • Add the pork to the bowl of a crockpot. Pour the chicken broth, 1/4-1/2 cup soy sauce (depending on your taste), 1/4 cup rice vinegar and fish sauce over the pork. Add the thai red curry paste, ginger, sambal oelek, juice of 1 lime, Chinese five spice powder, black pepper and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours (I recommend going low and slow).
  • About 40 minutes before you are ready to eat, roast the squash. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl mix together the melted coconut oil, curry powder, miso, brown sugar and a good pinch of pepper. Add the cubed squash to a greased baking sheet and pour the curry mixture over the squash. Toss well. Bake for 30-40 minutes, tossing a couple of times during cooking. You want the squash to be lightly browned and crisp.
  • Meanwhile, remove the pork from the crockpot and add the mushrooms. Cover the crockpot and crank the heat up to high. Lightly shred the pork with two forks or your hands.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame oil. Once hot, add enough pork to cover just the surface of your skillet, do not over crowd the skillet. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over the pork, add 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, toss. Allow the pork to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir and allow the pork to continue to caramelize, about 3-5 minutes total. Remove the pork from the skillet, repeat with the remaining pork. Keep the pork warm.
  • Add the Ramen noodles to the crockpot and allow them to cook 5 minutes. Once the noodles are cooked, stir in only half of the pork. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top with extra caramelized pork, curry roasted acorn squash and an egg. Season the egg with salt and pepper, Add the carrots, jalapeños, green onions and cilantro if desired. Happy slurping!
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Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w-Curry Roasted Acorn Squash| @hbharvest

Love this bowl. It’s everything you could ever want in soup.

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  1. 5 stars
    This ramen has become a staple during the fall and winter. It’s finally cooling down in New England, so you know I broke out the crockpot and this recipe for having friends for dinner. It is SO good and makes you feel like a boss in the kitchen. Yum.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazingggg fall meal for today’s rainy weather! It’s the first time I’ve ever heard my husband say he wanted MORE squash!! Totally a make again! Thanks for all the amazing recipes you give us!

  3. 5 stars
    I make this all the time, at least once a month, since this recipe came out. It’s a HIT! And if I make it for a hurried week-night dinner, I use frozen, cubed butternut squash, steam slightly in the microwave, and then sprinkle w/Chinese five spice, and pop them in my air-fryer toaster oven. Also, I never use pork, but instead shred left-over chicken (sometimes canned chicken) and cook it quickly in a little iron skillet w/sesame oil, and the brown sugar. If I have left over broth from dinner, I freeze it, and use it for next time. But when we have company, or I want to impress, I do the recipe as it’s supposed to be. Either way, I give all the credit for the compliments to you, Tieghan!

    1. Hi Liz,
      Happy Saturday!! Thank you so much for making this recipe so often!! I love to hear that it is always enjoyed and that you are able to adjust it to your liking:) xT

    2. 5 stars
      One of my families favorites! I skip the swish and usually use rice noodles because it’s just what we prefer, but the recipe is dynamite and a family favorite! Even my kiddos absolutely love it, I just go a little lighter on the sambal so it’s not too spicy for them.

    1. Hey Ashley,
      Happy Wednesday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was tasty! xx

    1. Hi Carol Ann,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you giving it a try! Have a great weekend! 🏈

    1. Hey Jan,
      I always recommend that if the nutritional information is important to you, you use your own personal calculator. Ours is automatic and controlled by google. It’s not something we’d prefer to be using. We are required to. I’m sorry for the trouble, we do our best! Hope you enjoy the recipe! xT

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my all time favorite meals. This last time, I just used leftover pulled pork and simply adjusted the leftover broth with this recipe’s spices, to save time. Almost as good!