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Slow Cooker Japanese Pork & Ramen Soup


It’s so rich and full of flavor, I'll definitely be making this Japanese Pork & Ramen Soup again and again. Serve with scallions and sesame seeds.

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  • 2 onions, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounces shitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs, trimmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodles, flavoring packets discarded
  • 6 ounces baby spinach (about 6 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons white miso, plus extra for serving
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, plus extra for serving
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted


Servings 8
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Step 1

Microwave onions, garlic, and oil in bowl, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes transfer to slow cooker.

Stir broth and shitakes into slow cooker. Season pork with salt and pepper and nestle into slow cooker. Cover and cook until pork is tender, 6 to 8 hours on low or 5 to 7 hours on high.

Transfer pork to cutting board, let cool slightly, thin shred into bite-sized pieces. Let soup settle for 5 minutes, then remove fat from surface using large spoon. Stir in noodles and spinach, cover and cook on high until noodles are tender, 3 to 8 minutes.

Stir in shredded pork, miso, soy sauce, mirin and sesame oil, and let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with additional miso and additional soy sauce to taste. Serve with scallions and sesame seeds.

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