Forget packaged instant noodles. Today's ramen is rich, hearty and oh so satisfying. Make your own using our easy recipe.

By editors of Family Circle

Ramen—the name still conjures up memories of dorm life and penny-pinching budgets. But a new wave of restaurants, noodle joints and food carts are taking the classic Japanese comfort dish to a whole other level. Forget the spice packet; hearty, savory broths, flavored with mild miso, spicy curry or sinus-clearing kimchi, are simmered and skimmed for hours. No more brittle, crimped insta-noodles—now they're fresh, handmade and deliciously al dente. Toss in veggies like celery root, caramelized onions or exotic peppers. Add a poached egg and some porky goodness, then top with charred scallions and a splash of garlic-infused oil. That's what we call umami heaven. Forgive us our slurping.

Get our recipe for Pork and Edamame Ramen

Originally published in the November 1, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.