3 min cook time
10 min prep time
Main Dish
Make homemade cup noodles for kids at home - ZenParent
Preperation Time:
10 mins
Cooking Time:
3 mins


  1. 1/2 a stock cube or any other flavor base like curry paste (refer cooking instructions)
  2. 1 to 3 teaspoons flavoring extras (optional) — chili-garlic sauce, soy sauce, coconut milk, sesame oil, sriracha or other hot sauce (adjust as per spice tolerance)
  3. 1/4 to 1/2 cup filler ingredients — frozen corn, finely chopped carrots, frozen peas, diced tofu, leftover cooked meat, dried or thinly sliced mushrooms, thinly sliced spinach or other hearty greens, kimchi, soft-boiled or hard-boiled egg (you can use your favorite combination or use all of these)
  4. 3/4 to 1 cup cooked noodles (you can use anything – cooked egg noodles, cooked spaghetti or fettuccine, cooked rice noodles, dry vermicelli etc)
  5. 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh ingredients — fresh herbs, sliced green onions, bean sprouts, sliced lime or lemon


To Assemble The Noodle Cups

  1. Place powdered stock cube and flavor extras (chili-garlic etc) in the bottom of the cup/jar: If it’s a paste, like curry paste, spread it around a little so it dissolves more easily once you add the hot water.
  2. Top with filler ingredients: Scatter your filler ingredients over the top of the paste. It’s OK if they get mixed in with the flavor base and extras.
  3. Add the noodles: Pack the noodles down so they’re fairly compact.
  4. Finish with the fresh ingredients: If you’d like to keep these from getting mixed into the hot soup, pack these into a baggie that can be removed just before you add the water.
  5. Seal and refrigerate: Place the lid on the container and refrigerate for up to a week.
  6. To Cook The Noodle Cups
  7. Top with hot water: When you’re ready to eat, unscrew the lid and pour enough boiling water over the top of the noodles to cover. I usually add home-made vegetable or meat stock instead of hot water and avoid using the stock cube.
  8. Cover and steep: Place the lid back over the container. Let the soup steep for 2 to 3 minutes. The ingredients should be warmed through, but the soup is still nicely hot.
  9. Stir thoroughly: Reach your spoon or fork deep into the cup and stir everything around thoroughly to mix the flavor base into the water and mix the filler ingredients into the noodles. (Alternatively, you can pour the soup out into a bowl and mix everything there.)

Eat right away!


  • Remember that the hot water OR stock you add will not actually cook any of these ingredients, so make sure that anything that needs to be cooked (like chicken or other meats) gets cooked before it goes into the jar. Hard vegetables, like fresh carrots, broccoli, and beans, are also best if cooked ahead of time.
  •  You can make several jars with different flavor combinations.
  •  Label the contents of each jar so you can easily grab whichever combo of ingredients you want that day.

I love noodle cups (Cup O’ Noodles) and I’m sure you do. But none of us really enjoy the artificial ingredients or the flavorless dehydrated vegetables that come along with it.

The obvious solution is to make our own DIY Noodle Cups — and you’ll be surprised at how easy it really is.

You can use any container with a lid to hold your soup ingredients. An excellent way to get back to your daily eating routine after a hectic schedule of cooking up Christmas specials.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 218
Calories from Fat 28
Total Fat 3.1g5%
Saturated Fat 0.6g3%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 221mg6%
Carbohydrates 40.6g14%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g10%
Sugars 1.7g
Protein 8.9g
Vitamin A 1% · Vitamin C 33%
Calcium 2% · Iron 12%