This hot noodle soup is comforting, quick and cheap. Tone the chilli factor up or down as you please and throw in any leftovers you have, such as cooked meat.


  • 200-250ml stock, beef or vegetable

  • 1 package ramen noodles

  • 1-2 tbsp tinned black beans, rinsed

  • 1 green or red chilli, sliced thinly

  • 1 handful of fresh vegetables such as sliced red pepper, sliced onion, peas

  • Light soy sauce, to taste

  • Juice of a lime

  • Handful of fresh coriander (optional), chopped


  • 1.

    Bring the water to the boil in a pan and add all the ingredients. Return to the boil, stirring, and cook until the noodles are tender - about 3 minutes.

  • 2.

    Spoon into deep bowls, check for seasoning - you may need more soy sauce or a squirt of lime - and add the chopped coriander.

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