They’re cheap. They’re easy. And now they’re gourmet.
Ramen Noodles are the quintessential college food. For a few bucks you can pick up a dozen noodle soup mixes that can be easily prepared in a microwave between classes.
It’s true, Ramen Noodles are great for busy students on a budget, but the same plain bowl of flavored noodles every time gets old fast.
Are you craving something more from your Ramen Noodles? Want to feel like a culinary genius, whipping up creative and tasty masterpieces in the kitchen? Then keep reading, friends.
Here are 10 ways to revamp your Ramen Noodles with inexpensive add ins so you can eat like a king on a student’s budget.
1. Chinese Style Veggie Bowl
Prepare Ramen as directed on package. Near the end of the cooking time, add 1/2 cup frozen veggies of your choice and finish heating the dish until veggies are no longer frozen. Remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce.
2. Quick Spaghetti
Prepare Ramen as directed on package and drain all broth. Top with marinara sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.
3. Cheesy Noodles and Peas
This dish will satisfy your cheese cravings. After preparing Ramen as directed on package, drain all broth and stir in 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup frozen peas. Microwave for an additional 30 to 45 seconds, until peas are no longer frozen.
4. Ginger and Spinach Stir-fry
Combine 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 1 cup of baby spinach in a frying pan over medium heat. Sautee spinach until slightly wilted. Add cooked Ramen without broth to frying pan, adding 1 teaspoon of minced ginger and stir until all ingredients are combined.
5. Ramen Alfredo
Prepare noodles according to package directions, draining all excess broth. In pan over medium heat, combine cooked Ramen, 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 tablespoons of skim milk, a 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Stir until butter is melted and all ingredients are combined.
6. Breakfast Ramen
Prepare Ramen according to package directions and drain all excess broth. In a frying pan, scramble 1 egg with 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1 diced Roma tomato, and 2 tablespoons of bacon bits. Add egg scramble to Ramen and stir.
7. Hawaiian Style Ramen
Drain all excess broth from prepared Ramen noodles. Stir in 1/2 cup diced ham and a small can of crushed pineapple.
8. Chocolate Ramen
Yes, Ramen can even serve as a dessert! Ditch the flavor packet for this recipe and boil the noodles in water with a 1/4 cup of brown sugar until done. Drain the water and stir in a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Top with chocolate sauce, powdered sugar and whipped cream. (Okay, this one is a little out there, I know.)
9. Bruschetta Noodles
Drain excess broth from prepared noodles and stir in 1 diced Roma tomato, 1 tablespoon of basil pesto, and a 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
10. Sweet and Sour Ramen
Prepare Ramen according to package instructions, draining all excess broth. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons soy sauce. Pour over noodles. Add additional condiments to adjust flavor.
Thanks to Ramenlicious for inspiring many of these ideas.
Do you make Ramen your own way? Share your recipe ideas!