Forget the package you thought you knew: This slow-cooker ramen is satisfying and filled with rich flavor that a seasoning packet could never match, and is still easy to prepare. A boneless pork shoulder cooks in a broth enriched with ingredients like cremini mushrooms, green onions, gingerroot and garlic. Serve over ramen noodles with the toppings of your choice to customize your bowl!
- 2tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2lb boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat, cut into 6 equal sections
- 1package (8 oz) sliced cremini mushrooms
- 1large bunch green onions, sliced, white and green parts separated
- 1/8teaspoon salt
- 2tablespoons finely chopped gingerroot
- 6cloves garlic, chopped
- 2cartons (32 oz each) Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth
- 3tablespoons soy sauce
- 3packages (3 oz each) instant ramen noodle soup mix (discard seasoning packets or save for another use)
- Toppings, such as chopped fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeño chile, if desired
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- 1In 5-quart Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add half the pork; cook 4 to 5 minutes, without moving, until browned and easily releases from the bottom. Turn and continue cooking 2 to 4 minutes or until browned. Transfer pork to 5- to 6-quart slow cooker; repeat with remaining pork.
- 2Reduce heat to medium; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to Dutch oven. Add mushrooms, green onion whites and salt to Dutch oven. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until mushrooms release juices and turn brown. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the gingerroot and the garlic; cook 30 seconds. Cover and refrigerate remaining green onion greens and gingerroot until later.
- 3Slowly add broth, stirring and scraping to remove any brown bits from bottom. Transfer broth mixture to slow cooker with pork. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until pork is tender.
- 4Transfer pork to cutting board. With sharp knife, cut pork into bite-size chunks, removing and discarding any remaining fat. Using spoon, skim off and discard any fat from surface of broth. Return pork to slow cooker and stir in soy sauce and remaining 1 tablespoon gingerroot. Cover; cook 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.
- 5Cook ramen noodles as directed on package; drain. To serve, divide noodles evenly among individual bowls. Ladle broth and pork over noodles, dividing evenly. Serve with remaining green onion greens; top each bowl with desired toppings.