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11 Vegetarian Ramen Bowls So Divine, You Won't Miss The Meat

A meat-free, pipin' hot bowl of noodles is in your future.
09/16/2014 07:00am ET

Ramen is a delight. It's the perfect bowl of somethin' somethin' to warm up your bones on chillier days. It has the potential to combine nearly everything you crave -- noodles? veggies? an egg? sure! -- all in one bowl. It's salty, noodle-filled and pretty simple to whip up at home.

Ramen is often meaty. Many restaurant servings and packaged varieties contain traces (or whole chunks) of animal protein, whether it's pork, chicken or seafood. Sometimes, soups that appear vegetarian are not: With a closer look, you'll find that Maruchan's "Oriental Flavor," for example, contains beef extract. It's important to check the ingredient list (and, when out at a restaurant, inquire about the soup stock) if a meat-free dish matters to you.

Luckily, vegetarians and those looking to limit the amount of pork belly in their own bellies don't have to miss out. These recipes below will satisfy ramen cravings while maintaining their animal-free dignity. (One even calls for zoodles -- hoorah!)

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1
Vegetarian Homemade Ramen Bowl
A Side Of Sweet
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2
Stir Fried Kimchi Ramen With Tofu & Peanuts
Connoisseurus Veg
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3
Shiitake And Scallion Ramen
Kitchen Serendipity
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4
Thai Green Curry Ramen
One Two Simple Cooking
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5
Cleansing Vegan Ramen With Zucchini Noodles
Food Well Said
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6
Garlicky Curried Noodle Soup
The Pig And Quill
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7
10-Minute Vegan Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl
In Pursuit Of More
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8
Miso Mushroom Ramen With Vegetarian Wontons & Crispy Tofu
Forbidden Rice Blog
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9
Spicy Mandarin Orange Soba Noodles
The View From Great Island
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10
Vegan Ramen With Roasted Butternut & Shiitake Mushrooms
Feasting At Home
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11
Spicy Mushroom Miso Ramen
La Fuji Mama
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