Homemade Ramen Noodle Hack
  1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot over high heat.
  2. Slowly add 1 tablespoon of baking soda for each quart of water. The water will still bubble and foam, so make sure that you keep a close eye on it.
  3. Add the spaghetti to the pot and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, springy, and yellow.
  4. Drain, add to soup or broth of your choice, slurp, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Anatomy of a Delicious and Vaguely Authentic ­ (Weeknight) Ramen Bowl

Noodles: spaghetti hacked with baking soda, as above

Nori: edible dried seaweed (the stuff that’s on the outside of a sushi roll), shredded
Sliced scallions and spinach leaves: a handful of each

Soft- boiled eggs: cooked, peeled, and marinated in a bit of soy sauce, if you have time

Some kind of roasted or braised protein: shredded rotisserie chicken, roasted pork, cubed tofu, or ground meat