This Garlic Green Bean and Sausage Noodle Bowl For One is one of my all time favourites to make when I’m cooking for myself. It’s quick and easy with lots of flavour and it a great way to dress up a packet of ramen noodles.
I’m self-employed, work from home and I’m a night owl.
Why am I telling you this? Well, it means I don’t get up particularly early and it takes me a while to hit my stride. 2pm is the time of day where I really get into my work groove and become so absorbed in what I’m doing that I don’t even realize that 5pm has come and gone. It became so bad that I had to set an alarm on my phone to remind me to feed the dog on time.
It also means that I usually suddenly realize I’m starving and I’ve given absolutely zero thought as to what I might want to eat for dinner. I want something NOW and I want it to taste really good.
This is where short cuts come into play when you’re cooking for one person. Fresh, whole ingredients are important but don’t be afraid to cut a corner every now and then.
This single serve garlic green bean and sausage noodle bowl is ready in just 10 minutes and it has bold flavours from the garlic, soy sauce and smoked farmer’s sausage. The secret short cut is a ramen noodle packet.
The Ramen Noodle Shortcut
Single serve ramen noodle packets are one of my favourite short cuts. They’re cheap, they keep in the pantry for a long time and they’re ready in minutes.
But ramen noodles on their own are hardly a balanced diet and I’m really not too sure about exactly what is in that flavour packet. So I’m a big fan of dressing up ramen noodles with good stuff from the fridge. And that’s exactly what this recipe for garlic green beans, sausage and noodles for one is.
I don’t use the flavour packet for this recipe because we’re going to add in some bold flavours of our own. And I don’t keep the broth. I just pour in boiling water, let it sit for the requisite five minutes and then drain. If you want to keep the packet seasoning, go ahead but I can’t guarantee the flavour results (it will depend on what kind of flavour your noodle packet is!)
Some Tips For Making This 10 Minute Noodle Bowl For One
This noodle dish can be ready in 10 minutes. Basically all you’re doing is creating a very quick sausage and green bean stir fry while you let your ramen noodles steep in the boiling water from the kettle.
Farmer’s sausage adds a really delicious flavour to the noodles. I love the Harvest Double Smoked Farmers Sausage and I keep the packages of 4 in my freezer at all times. One sausage is the perfect amount for making a meal for one and it adds an incredible smoky depth to pasta, noodles, rice and ramen. I also love it with pierogies – even more than Kielbasa! (I can hear my grandmother rolling over in her grave!) You can defrost one in the microwave in under 60 seconds. Just slice it up and add it to your favourite dinner or lunch bowl when you want a fast, single serving of protien.
I also add cherry tomatoes in for the last minute of cooking but I leave that up to you – they change the flavour of the dish a lot and it’s not for everyone. I like it and it’s an extra serving of veggies.
You can also add red pepper flakes if you like a little extra heat. And you can sub brown sugar for the maple syrup if you don’t have maple syrup on hand.
Garlic Green Beans and Sausage with Noodles
- 1 packet ramen noodles
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 75 grams farmer's sausage
- 3/4 cup sliced green beans
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Heat a skillet over medium high heat and put a kettle of water on to boil
- While the skillet is heating up, slice up your sausage and green beans and peel a clover of garlic
- Once the kettle boils, prepare your ramen noodles according to the instructions, omitting the flavour packet. While the noodles are soaking, heat the sesame oil in the skillet and toss in the sausage, beans and the crushed clove of garlic and stir quickly to coat with oil
- drain your ramen noodles and place in a bowl.
- once the sausage and beans are almost cooked (sausage is browned on the edges and beans are a vibrant, bright green) add in the soay sauce and maple syrup. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 1-2 minutes. Sometimes I just turn the heat off and put a lid on top of the mixture and let it sit for a few minutes
- Optional: you can add cherry or grape tomatoes during the last minute of cooking if you like - this will alter the taste quite dramatically. I personally like it but not everyone does.
- Pour the stir fry mixture over top of your ramen noodles and enjoy!
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- Single Serve Quinoa with Broccoli and Feta (Easy Meal Prep)
- Single Serve Balsamic Beets with Feta Cheese
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