Feel Good Spicy Ramen with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Shallots.
Keeping warm with this Feel Good Spicy Ramen with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Shallots. Because there’s nothing better on bitter cold days than a steaming bowl of ramen. Made with chicken, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, greens, and plenty of spice, this ramen is healthy, quick, and made all in one pot. Each bowl is topped with crispy bacon, shallots, and eggs, for the best bowl of homemade ramen, that’s even better than a restaurant.
It seems as though everyone is currently dealing with frigid winter temperatures and plenty of snow. I guess that makes sense, since here in the U.S we are in the dead of winter. After reading through emails and comments, it’s clear that everyone has the very same thing on their minds, soup! And not just any soup, specifically Ramen.
Since this has been the most requested recipe, I wanted to listen to you guys and come up with a healthy, quick, and easy ramen that would be both satisfying and delicious.
And here is it. And yes, it is good.
I will not lie, I have so many ramen recipes already living on HBH. I love them all so much (especially this Thai Peanut chicken ramen…have you made it??). But this ramen feels a little more traditional, yet still with my own little (Korean) twist.
Let me explain.
First off, I made this ramen all in one pot, on the stove-top. Meaning no slow cooker or instant pot. Don’t get me wrong, I love both the slow cooker and instant pot, but sometimes the stove-top is just the way to go. Promise, this recipe is still quick and simple.
Here are the details.
Start of by cooking the bacon, which adds huge amounts of rich flavor to the soup. Once the bacon has crisped, use the fat left in the pot, to make the crispy shallots. Yes, crispy shallots. So addicting. So delicious.
Both the bacon and shallots are crisped up in a pot, and then removed to a paper towel lined plate. Then all of the remaining ingredients are added to that very same pot. Now, for my (Korean) twist – Gochujang. If you’re not familiar, Gochujang is Korean chili paste. It’s spicy with a little sweetness, and it’s extremely flavorful. It’s not traditional, but wow it adds so much flavor to the soup, along with a really nice spicy kick. If you’d prefer, you can use Thai curry paste in place of the Gochujang, but I highly recommend the Gochujang. It truly makes this bowl of ramen better than any other.
Everything else is pretty simple. I used plenty of ginger, a little soy sauce, sweet potatoes, and lots of fresh wintry greens. I suppose the sweet potatoes may be a bit odd. But I love not only the color they add, but also their touch of sweetness. It’s a really nice balance to the heat that’s happening throughout the soup.
And of course, no bowl of ramen is complete without the toppings, they’re the best part after all, right?
Bacon, crispy shallots, and a soft-boiled egg, the perfect trio. Oh, and toasted sesame seeds and green onions too. Each and every last bite is so good.
Salty, a little spicy, warming, noodley, and bursting with so much flavor. I cannot get enough.
PS. Thanks so much to all you guys who are leaving me comments, DM’s, and emails. You truly are my number one source of inspiration, and I read each and every one of your messages. LOVE when you guys send me recipes suggestions (like this ramen) and sometimes even your family recipes. It’s the best source of inspiration for me!
If you make this feel good Ramen, 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 also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Feel Good Ramen with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Shallots
Made with chicken, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, greens, and plenty of spice, this ramen is healthy, quick, and made all in one pot. Each bowl is topped with crispy bacon, shallots, and eggs, for the best bowl of homemade ramen...even better than a restaurant.
- 4 strips thick cut bacon, chopped
- 3 small shallots, thinly sliced into rounds
- 2 tablespoons sesame or extra virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces wild mushrooms, torn
- 1 inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoons Gochujang (korean chili paste), using more or less to taste
- 2 small sweet potato sliced into 1/4 inch rounds or half moons
- 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 4 squares ramen noodles
- 4 cups shredded Tuscan kale
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 4-6 soft or hard boiled eggs, for serving
- toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions
1. Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp and the fat has rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pot and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
2. To the pot, add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pot to the paper towel lined plate. The shallots will crisp as they dry.
3. If there's a lot of bacon grease left in the pot, drain it off. Set the pot over high heat, add the sesame oil and mushrooms, and cook until caramelized, about 3-5 minutes. Add the ginger and cook another minute. Pour in the broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and Gochujang. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken and sweet potatoes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sweet potatoes are tender.
4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain.
5. When the soup is done, shred the chicken using 2 forks. Stir in the kale and cilantro, cook another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
5. To serve, divide the noodles between bowls and ladle the soup overtop. Top with eggs, shallots, bacon, green onions, and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
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