The 18 Best Warm Noodle Dishes to Get You Through Winter

updated Jun 23, 2023
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Overhead photo of a bowl of Keema Maggi with Achari Oil, garnished with scallions.
Credit: Photo: Christopher Testani; Food Styling: Barrett Washburne

We’re game to eat noodles all year long, but noodles in the wintertime hit different. Swimming in steamy hot broth, stir-fried with hearty winter vegetables, or draped in thick and glossy sauces, warm noodles are an effective means of defense against the chilly weather. And the variations from around the world are endless. A mainstay ingredient in such cultures as China, Japan, and many more countries throughout Asia, noodles come in an enormous array of varieties that are all equally worthy of seeking out and adding to your pantry. Once you do, you’ll be ready to make these 18 noodle recipes — perfect for when it’s so cold outside. Ready to slurp your seasonal blues away?

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Yakisoba is a very adaptable noodle stir-fry. Take creative liberty and add whatever vegetables and thick-cut proteins you have on hand. Some ideas to get you on your way: bacon, mushrooms, peas, corn, bok choy, Broccolini, hearty greens.

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Jjajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Noodles)

A thick sauce made of black bean paste, fatty pork belly, and soft vegetables meets extremely slurpable noodles in this cozy Chinese-Korean noodle dish.

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Garlicky Miso Tahini Noodles

Got 15 minutes? Then you can make this delicious noodle recipe with pantry ingredients like miso paste, tahini, and chile crisp.

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Keema Maggi with Achari Chili Oil

A generous slather of keema — ground meat plus chili oil made with South Asian pickling spices — turns a package of instant Maggi noodles into a deeply satisfying meal.

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This popular Japanese pasta dish with kielbasa, sliced onions, and green bell pepper has one surprising ingredient — ketchup!

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Vegan Ramen
This vegan from-scratch rendition of the classic Japanese noodle soup holds so much depth of flavor, and it takes less than an hour to make.
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Curry Laksa

This hot, steaming bowl of fragrant, spicy broth with noodles, prawns, and eggs is a common dish in Malaysia. The key component is the spice paste. Although it takes a bit of time, once you’ve made it, you can keep it in the fridge for up to a month. Or, if you are short-changed on time, store-bought paste is completely fine.

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Japchae (Korean Sweet Potato Noodle Stir-Fry)

This noodle stir-fry has a wonderful sweet-savory element from soy sauce and sugar; toastiness from sesame oil; and lots of texture from the chewy, bouncy noodles, colorful veggies, and thin slivers of beef. It’s the perfect harmony of flavors.

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Chef Eric Ehler's Cheesy Budae Ramyun with Jammy Eggs

A less stew-y, more cheesy and noodle-heavy version of Korean Army Stew.

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Pad Thai

Make the pad Thai of your dreams with a handful of key ingredients.

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Rabokki (Ramen + Tteokbokki)

Rabokki is the addition of ramyun into tteokbokki, chewy Korean rice cakes stir-fried in a spicy-sweet gochujang sauce. It's cheap, quick to cook, and will you warm you from the inside out.

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Umami Garlic Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Broccolini

Mì Xào Tỏi, a longstanding Vietnamese American favorite, got its start in the late 1970s, where it was served with roasted crab and giant prawns.

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Caramelized Onion and Chile Ramen

Meera Sodha's take on ramen combines sticky onion with miso, stock, and sake to create a very special-tasting noodle soup.

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Vegetarian Phở (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

After a long, cold winter day, look for ultimate restoration in a bowl of aromatic vegetable broth, slippery noodles, and fresh, customizable garnishes.

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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian) 牛肉麵

Long-simmered slices of tender beef, chile, and star anise glow up this essential Taiwanese noodle soup from cookbook author Cathy Erway. Feel free to use any-width variety of Asian fresh wheat noodles.

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Shrimp Lo Mein

Stir-fried lo mein noodles with plum, juicy shrimp, and perfectly cooked broccoli is a fast and family-friendly meal.

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Quick Udon Noodle Soup

A speedy noodle soup doesn't have to skimp on quality. By cooking the udon straight inside the broth, the noodle block itself cooks quickly while its starches thicken the broth to render a silky body.

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Drunken Noodles

If you love thick noodles, you'll already be obsessed with drunken noodles. This at-home recipe only takes 25 minutes to make.

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