Alone on V-Day? Send Yourself These Garlic Noods

February 12, 2018

If you’re sulking because you’re spending the Hallmark holiday alone, you shouldn’t be. Live your best life, and treat yo self (yes, that’s a Parks and Rec reference). No one else spends as much time with you, or has seen you at the worst of your worst, than the one in the mirror. Buy yourself cliché chocolates and a card if you have to. Do you.

We urge you to celebrate yourself by making the richest, stinkiest bowl of noodles ever. Now’s your chance to eat an ungodly amount of garlic without worrying about offending someone, so go all-out and make this American-Chinese hybrid from scratch. After all, these are the only noods you’ll be getting tonight, so make things as obscene as possible—add butter like no one’s watching.

Garlic Noodles

  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy


Garlic Noodles

  • 1 tbsp. butter + 2 tbsp.
  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 oz. (1/4 pound) ramen or egg noodles
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste


  1. In a pot over medium heat, add the first
    tablespoon of butter and heat until melted.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook until garlic has
    softened but is not browned.
  3. Remove the garlic from the pot and set aside.
  4. In the same pot, add the chicken broth and the
  5. Bring the broth up to a boil and stir frequently,
    until the noodles have cooked, and almost all of
    the liquid has been absorbed, about 8 minutes.
  6. Add the remaining two tablespoons of butter, the
    reserved softened garlic, freshly ground black
    pepper, and salt if needed.
  7. Stir until well combined and serve.
Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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