Skip the microwavable cup, and make spicy pumpkin ramen instead — it's easier than you think
There was a time in my life (ahem, until I was about 25) when I seriously thought ramen noodles only came in those disgusting little microwavable cups every single person in a college dorm has stashed somewhere in their room and would break out at about 3 a.m. after coming home from a party.
I never understood their draw, as a packet of Easy Mac was much more my style back in my college days, and to this day, the smell of a microwavable ramen noodle cup makes me gag.
So off into life I went after graduating, literally thinking that was the only kind of ramen noodle there was. I had no idea it was a bastardized American convenience item based on a legitimate Asian dish. Oops.
Thankfully, as they say, with age comes wisdom, and I finally got the opportunity to taste real ramen. Two words: game changer. Real ramen is a deliciously flavored bowl with all the comfort of a savory noodle dish and all the bright, gingery, cilantro, limey notes you expect from an Asian dish. This version uses pumpkin and a bit of spice to put a seasonal flair on it, and I can guarantee you this: One slurp in, and you'll never go back to the microwavable kind again.