6 Quick And Easy Noodle Recipes You Can Make
No, your occasional guilty pleasure of Samyang Fire Noodles and a sunny-side-up does not count as a recipe. Let me share with you some of my favourite quick and easy noodle recipes that have more nutritional value. They are my comfort food; as a student, I am definitely a fan of everything in one-pot or one-pan dishes. These are some of the noodle recipes I model after:
1. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
To have it super quick and easy.
A personal (and simple!) favourite of mine to cook while I was abroad for university: aglio olio pasta! As a student, I definitely preferred recipes involving lesser ingredients or those with ingredients I could reuse for other dishes simultaneously. With just 5 ingredients being spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes, Gimme Some Oven provides a recipe that will have a full meal coming together in 20 minutes! If I feel that I have some extra time, I would throw in some parsley (or basil, as this recipe recommends) and mushrooms.
2. Chicken Noodle Soup
To comfort your soul.
“Chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side!”
Lyrics from Chicken Noodle Soup by BTS’ J-Hope featuring Becky G makes me think of this classic meal. Growing up, this dish was always recommended as a comfort food or something to have when we are feeling under the weather. My family would always make a hearty soup whenever it was a rainy day or when they sensed I was feeling down, so having soup would always bring me comfort! I also associate chicken noodle soup with my time abroad, as I remembered having it when I fell sick while preparing for exams the next week (P.S: soup made me feel a lot better and I was able to get proper rest that night!).
In this recipe provided on BBC Good Food, Mary Cadogan shares her take on this classic dish. Adding chicken (or vegetable stock) and letting the chicken breast simmer before adding the other accompanying ingredients, this convenient one-pot dish will definitely warm our tummies up! With just 3 steps and a short prep time, this is convenient for both the chef making it and the person eating it. Is there a way to elevate this classic dish? Personally, I would sometimes have it with some toast, using the soup as a dip.
For anyone interested, this recipe also provides a vegetarian option as well!
To have a wholesome, cosy bowl of noodle soup.
Pho – one of the most popular Vietnamese noodle dishes! Like chicken noodle soup, it is warm and comforting to have. Honestly, I wouldn’t even dream of cooking pho at home as I figured it would take hours upon hours to make the perfect broth; but with this recipe by Damn Delicious, a simplified version of pho nicknamed “Cheater Pho” can (apparently) be ready in 30 minutes or less! To elevate the dish, I would recommend experimenting with different garnishes: cilantro, mint, basil, or add some spice with different types of chillies.
4. Vegetable Lo Mien
To have a nutritious meal.
Though I don’t typically eat this dish often, Lo Mien has often been associated with Chinese takeout. As you have seen the heading, this is a recipe for vegetable lo mien; but do feel free to add eggs, chicken, or beef if you want some protein! With just one helping of lo mein noodles, two types of soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, sugar, ginger, garlic, green onions, bok choy or other vegetables of your choice, Omnivore’s Cookbook provides a helpful step-by-step recipe accompanied with pictures of the cooking process.
To satisfy your Korean cravings.
When I think of Korean noodles, I think of that pack of Samyang Fire Noodles I have in my kitchen cabinet. However, that definitely isn’t the healthiest of choices.
This is where Japchae, which are Korean Sweet Potato Noodles, swoops in to save the day! Maggie Zhu shared her simplified recipe of this dish to make the cooking process easier than the traditional recipe. The time taken to prepare the ingredients is longer, but frying the ingredients and the noodles together is the part that saves time. Though this is not a dish I grew up with, this has become one of my comfort foods. On the days when I wouldn’t have much appetite, this flavourful dish feels like a little pick-me-up. Japchae is also sometimes served alongside other dishes such as Korean Fried Chicken, Kimchi dumplings, or clam soup.
Side note: this recipe can also be adapted to be a gluten-free or vegan dish!
6. Spaghetti Arrabbiata
To satisfy your pasta cravings.
When I was living with housemates, I didn’t want to hog the kitchen or clash with anyone’s schedules. Hence, making pasta was always a reliable and less time-consuming dish to make! Aside from aglio olio, spaghetti arrabbiata is another pasta dish I would cook up. With the combination of spaghetti, tomato paste, caramelised onions, garlic, and herbs (if I have them), this was a classic dish I could quickly scarf down to satisfy my hunger.
This dish was especially helpful on days where I felt especially tired, as it was the easiest thing to make. These are the steps I would loosely follow in making this dish. I wouldn’t usually add garnish other than chopped parsley, but adding some parmesan cheese could bring out more flavour!
I hope that you will enjoy making these quick and easy noodle recipes or experimenting with different combinations of these classics! If you’re looking for some noodle soup recipes sans the noodles, here are 7 easy soup recipes you can make for maximum comfort. If you’re feeling a little under the weather and are craving some healthy and wholesome food, check out this article on simple comfort food recipes too!