January is the season when meal prep reigns. Whether you’re just trying to get more organized or trying to refine your food budget, these meal prep noodle soup jars are a great option for make-ahead lunches. I took my favorite upgraded instant ramen recipe and transformed it into these cute and convenient meal prep jars. Just add hot water, mix, and they’re ready to eat! Bonus, the jars kept the soup ingredients super fresh for several days with NO wilting!
What is a Meal Prep Soup Jar?
These cool little jars are basically like homemade cup noodles, except with more delicious add-ins and in a reusable container. You just add hot water to the jar, mix it up to make the broth and soften the veggies, then the soup is ready to eat! So easy and so convenient.
What’s in This Noodle Soup
Similar to our upgraded instant ramen, we made our own flavored broth concentrate with a mix of Better Than Bouillon, soy sauce, sesame oil, and spices. Then we added some fresh vegetables (mushrooms, spinach, carrots, and green onions) to round out the bowl, and a little sesame seeds and sriracha for fun. These soup jars are, of course, endlessly customizable, so feel free to add your favorite ingredients!
How to Enjoy meal prep soup jars
Just like with cup noodles, fill the jar with boiling water from a tea kettle or a hot water tap (the kind on the front of commercial coffee makers), close the lid tightly, then shake the jar to mix the bouillon with the water. Let the soup sit for a few minutes to slightly cook the vegetables and soften the noodles. Give it one last stir with a fork or spoon (or spork!) and enjoy! You can eat the soup straight out of the jar, or empty it into a bowl.
How Long Do They Last?
There’s some sort of magic that happens in this mason jar that keeps the ingredients fresh far longer than I would have ever expected. For food safety reasons I don’t suggest keeping these jars longer than five days, but I will just tell you that on day five the ingredients in the soup jars looked just as fresh as they did on day one. The spinach and mushrooms showed no signs of wilting and the noodles had not dried out!
To maximize the lifespan of your noodle jars, pay attention to how you layer the ingredients. The wet ingredients always go on the bottom. Next, you add ingredients that don’t wilt easily and aren’t too absorbent (in this case the carrots, then the mushrooms). Lastly, you’ll want to add any ingredients that tend to wilt or get mushy (noodles and spinach). This layering technique separates the liquids and soft ingredients for maximum storage life!
Meal Prep Noodle Soup Jars
- 4 tsp bouillon* $0.48
- 2 tsp soy sauce $0.04
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.03
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder $0.05
- 2 tsp sesame seeds $0.12
- 2 tsp sriracha (optional) $0.06
- 1 carrot, shredded $0.14
- 4 mushrooms, sliced $0.96
- 2 green onions, sliced $0.22
- 2 3oz. blocks instant ramen $0.50
- 2 cups fresh spinach $0.60
- To each 16oz. jar add the following: 1 tsp bouillon, ½ tsp soy sauce, ¼ tsp sesame oil, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ginger powder, ½ tsp sesame seeds, and ½ tsp sriracha.
- Peel and shred the carrot. Clean and slice the mushrooms and green onion. Divide the carrots, mushrooms, and green onions between the jars.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil for the ramen noodles. Discard the seasoning packets or save them for another use later. Add the noodles to the boiling water and boil only for about 2 minutes, or just until the noodles are tender but still slightly firm. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse briefly with cold water to cool. Drain well.
- Divide the noodles between the four jars, then top with a handful of fresh spinach for each jar.
- Close the jars and refrigerate until ready to eat (up to five days). When ready to eat, add 1-1.5 cups boiling water. Close the jars and shake them to dissolve the broth. Let sit for a few minutes, then stir once more with a spoon or fork before enjoying.
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How to Make Meal Prep Noodle Soup – Step by Step Photos
To each of the four 16oz. jars add the following: 1 tsp vegetable bouillon, ½ tsp soy sauce, ¼ tsp toasted sesame oil, ⅛ tsp garlic powder, ⅛ tsp ginger powder, ½ tsp sesame seeds, and ½ tsp sriracha (you can add the sriracha here or use it to top your soup later).
Shred one carrot and divide it between the jars (about ¼ cup shredded carrot per jar).
Slice four mushrooms and two green onions. Divide the mushrooms and onions between the jars.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add two bricks of instant ramen. Boil for about 2 minutes, or just until the noodles are tender, but slightly under cooked. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse briefly with cool water.
Add the rinsed and cooled noodles to the jars.
Add about ½ cup fresh spinach to each jar on top of the noodles.
Close the jars with a tightly-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to five days. When you’re ready to eat the soup, remove the lid and add 1 to 1.5 cups of boiling water.
Screw the lid on the jar tightly then shake to mix the bouillon with the hot water. Let the soup sit for a few minutes for the flavors to blend and the vegetables to soften.
Give the soup one last mix with a spoon or fork, then enjoy the soup straight out of the jar or dump it into a bowl for serving.
I topped my noodle soup with sriracha. …Because of course I did. ;) Enjoy!