Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free!): Andrew Zimmern’s Ramen Soup

01/20/2014 at 12:44 PM ET

Hungry Girl's Ramen Soup Recipe
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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating.

She is also the author of eight Hungry Girl cookbooks, five of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

The cold weather that most of the U.S. has been experiencing calls for one thing: warm-you-up soup! A bowl of piping-hot soup is one of the most comforting foods you can find, and ramen is a nostalgic classic.

Chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his show Bizarre Foods, so I was a little scared to take on one of his recipes! The man has eaten tarantula, snail caviar, llama brains…eek. Luckily, there’s nothing creepy in his .

While his doctored-up take on instant ramen isn’t conventional, it’s really delicious. It calls for Sriracha, which Zimmern himself rightly predicted would be one of the biggest food trends of 2013. But as you may have guessed, I’m not big on the carby, fat-packed noodles that come in ramen packets. So here’s my spin, using the super-low-calorie magical pasta swap known as tofu shirataki noodles!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

HG’s Nicely Spiced Ramen-Style Soup
Serves 2

1 package tofu noodles (recommended: House Foods Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti Shaped Noodle Substitute)
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
½ cup bagged broccoli cole slaw
1½ tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. Sriracha sauce
¼ cup fat-free liquid egg substitute or liquid egg whites
¼ cup chopped scallions
1½ tsp. fresh lime juice
Salt and black pepper, optional

1. Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles. Pat dry.

2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave noodles for 2 minutes. Drain excess liquid, thoroughly pat noodles dry and cut them roughly into whatever size strands you prefer.

3. In a medium pot, combine broth with broccoli cole slaw. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low.

4. Whisk in soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, sesame oil and Sriracha. Slowly whisk in egg substitute/whites. Add noodles, and cook and stir until hot, about 1 minute.

5. Remove from heat. Stir in scallions and lime juice, and add salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!

In 1 serving (about 1¼ cups): 110 calories, 3g fat, 750mg sodium, 12.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 6g sugars, 7.5g protein

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Anonymous on

Those noodles sound absolutely disgusting, people talk about how bad they smell, kind of like rotten fish. Ewwwwww just eat some regular or wheat pasta. sheesh

Carole on

I just finished eating cabbage and “noodles” made with Shiratake Fetticini noodles so I was quite tickled to sit down at the computer and find this recipe waiting for me!! I LOVE the Shiratake noodles. I often make Ramen Noodles from them for lunch. Though I do eat whole wheat breads etc, with pastas, even the whole wheat spikes my blood sugar (yes, I am diabetic) but these noodles do not. I do take the time to rinse them and dry them well, and I enjoy them as much as true pasta…actually MORE because these noodles won’t contribute to me losing my vision, kidneys or toes! I guess it all comes down to how much you truly want to cut calories and carbs. For me, I am so happy to have found these wonderful noodles!! Thanks for another great recipe in which to use them!!

Hannah on

@Anonymous, they don’t smell that bad at all, I don’t know why people freak out about it. Plenty of things smell odd (let’s talk about roasted broccoli or any type of fish, for instance) that taste good. And anyway, it seems a bit silly for you to comment on how “absolutely disgusting” they are since you’ve apparently never eaten them yourself.

deliah on

@Anonymous Stay hidden behind your computer you creepy little efftard. Creeps like you are sooo…. EWWW.

Kathi on

They are good – just follow the directions in preparing them. I have an insensitivity to wheat so they are great when I want some pasta – plus very low in calories

Michelle on

So can someone tell me if these noodles are made from mushrooms? I would like to try them but I really don’t care for the smell or taste of mushrooms.

Anonymous on

I’ve had these noodles, but about 6 years ago, so they may have changed/improved.

What I received were noodles that smelled very strongly of wet chalk and a little extra something (can’t put my finger on it, but it was sour and not pleasant). I rinsed them and dried them well, but the odour didn’t disappear. The texture was also weird. Not firm like pasta, more jelly-like (like tofu, I suppose).

Selena on

It doesn’t even look good…….

Aly on

Those noodles are NASTY. Had them once and it was the worst thing I’ve ever eaten. Never again!!!!

Anonymous on

Careful everyone, saying bad things about those noodles will get Deliah all upset and cussing up a storm and start name calling. So adult like. I’ve read hundreds of comments on various sites that think those noodles are just horrible. Never wanted to put them to the test.

Ryn Governale on

Quest Pasta is really good and only 10 calories, less calories than the tofu noodles.

Ryn Governale on

oops , sorry here is the link.. http://www.questproteinbar.com/pasta/

Ryn on

oops , sorry here is the link..
http://www.questproteinbar.com/pasta

Dee on

110 calories is not enough calories for a meal. I prefer the regular ramen and you have enough for a meal. Just leave out the flavoring packet and add your own seasonings to get out the ‘bad’ stuff.

Marcin on

I would like to recommend tasty celery soup.

http://mummyiscooking.blogspot.com.es/2014/02/celery-soup.html

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