5 Amazing Ways to Use Ramen Noodles

It's been one of those weeks. You're hungry, but uninspired about dinner. Your kitchen doesn't offer many options. A couple of eggs, a few scrapings of peanut butter, a cup of milk... and ramen. Lots and lots of ramen. You've had about enough of this poor person's dish for a while, so let's see how we can transform those noodles into something tastier with only a few other ingredients.

For all of these recipes, we'll be discarding the flavoring packet (or save it for some other creative use!) and creating our own sauces and broths.

Orange-miso chicken salad

Image Credit: Rachel Whetstone

Ingredients:

2 cups lettuce

1/2 cup canned mandarin oranges (juice reserved)

1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped

1 package ramen noodles (do not use flavor packet)

2 tbsp red miso paste

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Directions: In a small saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Stir in miso paste. Add noodles, breaking up if needed, and boil for 3 minutes. Remove noodles from broth and allow both noodles and broth to cool. In a large bowl, mix together lettuce, chicken, oranges, and noodles. Whisk together 1 tbsp each of miso broth, mandarin orange juice, and vegetable oil, and use as a salad dressing.

Peanut Sesame Noodles

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Ingredients:

1 package ramen noodles (do not use flavor packet)

1/4 cup crushed peanuts

1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions

2 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp sesame oil

Directions: In a small saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Add noodles, breaking up if needed, and boil for 3 minutes. Drain noodles and set aside. Stir together peanut butter and sesame oil until well blended, and then stir with noodles until noodles are well coated. Mix in peanuts and scallions. Serve chilled.

Ramen Mac 'n Cheese

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Ingredients:

1 package ramen noodles (do not use flavor packet)

1 cup frozen broccoli or other vegetables

1/2 cup cheese sauce

1/2 cup shredded cheese

Directions: In a small saucepan, boil 3 cups water. Add noodles, breaking up if needed, and frozen broccoli. Boil for 3 minutes. Drain water from noodles and broccoli and return both to the pot. Stir in cheese sauce until noodles are well coated, then stir in shredded cheese. Serve hot.

Ramen Miso Soup

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Ingredients:

1 package ramen noodles (do not use flavor packet)

2 tbsp red miso paste

1/4 cup cubed firm tofu

1/4 cup sliced scallions

1 sheet nori (dried seaweed) broken into pieces

Ingredients:

Directions: In a small saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Stir in miso paste. Add noodles, breaking up if needed, and boil for 3 minutes. Add tofu, nori, and scallions. Enjoy hot.

Ramen Noodle Pudding

Image Credit: Rachel Whetstone

Ingredients:

1 package ramen noodles (do not use flavor packet)

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp flour

Directions: In a small saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Add noodles, breaking up if needed, and boil for 3 minutes. Drain noodles and place in small baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Pour mixture over noodles. Noodles should be mostly covered. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until eggs are set. Serve warm or chilled.