Noodle Soup in a Jar


Easy make-ahead ramen noodle soup in a jar is a lunch solution that’s healthy and super-filling – and it’s fresher than the instant noodles in a cup.

“What should I pack for lunch?”

For me, the answer was soup! And noodles. But it’s tricky to pack.

Then I thought of making a homemade version of those packaged cups of noodles.

Using a mason jar, I added:

  • Ramen noodles from a package
  • Homemade chicken broth
  • Vegetables
  • Spices
  • Sesame seeds
  • Squirt of Sriracha

…and let it set overnight in the fridge. At lunchtime, I simply added hot water like I used to do to those store-bought cups of instant noodles …when I worked in a real office, and had coworkers who did the same.

Isn’t that a great idea?

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Except, I discovered that another smarter person already thought of it…two years ago. That would be the brilliant Kenji Alt-Lopez who posted his DIY Instant Noodles on his awesome site SeriousEats. Luckily, his version is quite a bit different from mine and uses some fancy ingredients I don’t usually have on hand. And my Noodle Soup in a Jar is all about the convenience – especially when I can prep four lunches at a time.

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Here’s how I made my Noodle Soup in a Jar budget-friendly, quick and healthy…without mushy noodles:

  • Dried ramen noodles (the inexpensive Maruchan-brand package is fine.) But ditch the sodium-bomb flavor pack that comes with the noodles.
  • Frozen vegetables + whatever protein is on-hand: Cooked chicken, shrimp, tofu, even canned tuna was delish
  • Boxed or homemade chicken broth – but only 1/2 cup to avoid mushy noodles – and potential spillage on the way to work/school.
  • Simple spices – DON’T forget the toasted seasame seeds. They totally make the soup and add great nutrition.
  • If you need a little more saltiness, pack some reduced-sodium soy sauce packets

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My kids’ school does allow glass mason jars – and some eco-conscious moms are packing lunches in jars. My kids loved these soups.

And the bonus: No pots to wash! This has come in very handy as I’m embarking on a little DIY kitchen remodel….more to come. (:

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Noodle Soup in a Jar

  • Author: Serena Ball
  • Yield: 4 jars

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Easy make-ahead ramen noodles in a jar is healthy, fresh and a super-filling lunch solution.


  • 1 (3 oz) package of ramen noodle soup
  • 2 cups homemade or canned chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 squirts sriracha sauce
  • 8 ounces tofu, cooked chicken, shrimp, or tuna

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  1. Divide the noodles from the package of ramen into four 1-pint jars; discard spice packet.
  2. Divide chicken broth, mixed vegetables, garlic powder, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sriracha sauce and tofu/meat between 4 jars.
  3. Seal jars with a lid and ring band. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  4. To serve, let jar come to room temperature for about 1 hour before serving. Add boiling hot water to the 12-ounce line. Seal jar and let set for about 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

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