Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

My 80 year old mother loved instant ramen for their taste, price, and convenience. But when her health deteriorated, I researched ways to reduce sodium and cholesterol in the foods she enjoyed. I was shocked to find that the first 2 ingredients in the seasoning packet of chicken-flavored instant ramen were salt and MSG, and that sodium listed in nutrition facts was for only half of the package. So instead of 800 mg. of sodium, the package actually contained 1,600 mg.! MSG research on the National Library of Medicine database indicated MSG links to human diabetes, and there were dozens of MSG links to animal obesity and destruction of brain cells as well. The following recipe has no MSG in it and contains about 2/3 LESS sodium than commercial ramen packages. While the flavor enhancer, MSG, and the large amounts of sodium are what make the packages of noodles taste so good, this version is a decent substitute that you won't be afraid to eat or serve people you care about. COOK's NOTE: Because 1 tsp. of instant chicken bouillon granules contains 790 mg. of sodium, the nutrition facts listed on this recipe should read at least 395 mg. per serving.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook vermicelli in a pot of boiling, lightly salted water for about 9-10 minutes.
  2. While pasta is cooking, mix the seasonings together.
  3. Bring 2 cups water to a boil and mix in the seasonings, stirring until seasonings are dissolved.
  4. Drain pasta and add to seasoned water.
  5. Note: Turmeric gives the broth its yellow color and has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is used in curry seasoning mixtures and has little taste unless used in large quantities. It is recommended that we eat turmeric in small quantities.
Most Helpful

I made this recipe today and loved it. My 16 year old loved it more than the original ramen noodles. Thank you!

brown678 May 13, 2015

Eliminating the chicken boullion, I mixed the remaining spices with olive oil. I heated leftover (home made) noodles in boiling water. Strained the noodles and thoroughly mixed them with the spiced olive oil; DH and I loved it! Thank you for a great spice combination!

dogsandwoods February 03, 2009

YES! I did add salt and skipped the cardamom. Loved the 5 spice powder! I used shiritaki tofu noodles as well.

yogiclarebear November 16, 2008