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Here’s a very easy (3 ingredient!) recipe for when you are either hungry, or sick, or both, this time for delicious vegan, gluten-free ramen in the Instant Pot! And if you’re wondering how to cook ramen in the Instant Pot, you’re at the right place.
As I mentioned in both the posts for the easy coconut ginger lime soup recipe and the cold killer Brahmastra juice recipe, we’ve been sick here. So we’ve been existing on soups, and they have to be easy, because neither one of us really has the will, let alone the strength, to actually cook. And one day we were low on ingredients, and I thought “Hrrmmm..what can I make with what we have here?” (Because there was no way that either of us were in condition to drive to the store.) “What we had here” was broth, and ramen. And an Instant Pot. And so this recipe was born, truly out of necessity.
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And it was so delicious that we wanted it again and again, and eventually we ran out of broth! So I looked around again, and found an old package of vegan bullion. I was dubious, but desperate, and guess what! It was just as delicious
I actually feel a bit guilty even calling this a “recipe”, because it’s so simple, and was so obvious to me. But I posted it over in our vegan Instant Pot recipes group on Facebook (now with over 26,000 members from all around the world!), and on our Vegan Costco Facebook group (because the ramen I used is from Costco), and the response was so enthusiastic that I figured that I had better write it up!
We get our ramen at Costco and it’s awesome. It’s the organic millet and brown rice ramen from Lotus foods, and it’s gluten-free and vegan and delicious! And you get 12 ramen noodle bricks for just $7.99! Thrive Market sells a 4-pack for $6.15! (Well, $4.79 if you get it on sale there) and on Amazon the same 12-pack sells for $17.70! The ingredients in the Lotus Foods ramen are (and only are):
Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Millet, Organic White Rice Flour
So you can see why we like it, and why we get it at Costco! But that said, I’m sure that any cake of dried ramen noodles will do!
We love this ramen from Costco!
Anyways, here’s our recipe (if you can call it that :~) ) for this delicious ramen soup in the Instant Pot (I figure that you know how to cook ramen on the stove top, it’s figuring out the instructions for the Instant Pot that was tricky).
Ridiculously Easy Vegan, Gluten-Free Ramen Soup in the Instant Pot
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2 cups of vegetable broth (we like Imagine and Pacific brands) or 2 cups of water and a vegan bullion cube (we love the Edwards & Sons gluten-free, vegan bullion cubes!)
1 brick / cake / whatever you want to call it ramen
Place the broth in the Instant Pot (if you are using water and a bullion cube, put the water but not the bullion cube in the Instant Pot).
Next place the ramen in the pot. Do not break it up, place the whole brick of ramen in there.
If you are using a bullion cube, now is the time to put it in the Instant Pot, next to (not under and not on top of) the ramen.
Lock the lid on your Instant Pot, close the pressure valve, and set to 3 minutes manual pressure.
When the three minutes is up do a quick release (QR). You do not want to natural release the pressure, as the ramen will get nasty. That said, do the QR slowly and very carefully as if you do it too quickly it could spurt ramen goo all over the place.
Once the pressure is released, open your Instant Pot, and with a fork in each hand, tease the ramen apart. Don’t freak out because when you first open the pot it will look like you have just made yourself a solid cake of ramen floating in broth; I promise you that the ramen will come apart easily with the ‘teasing-apart-with-a-fork-in-each-hand’ method.
Serve, slurp, and enjoy!
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