You've Never Eaten Ramen Noodles Like this Before

Ramen is popular for multiple reasons. For one, it’s cheap. Secondly, it’s pretty filling. And third, it really does the trick when you only have ten minutes to make a delicious lunch. Sure, it’s not the most nutritional thing you have at home, but it can really get you by when you’re in a pinch.

Many people assume that ramen is simply a square chunk of noodles with a small, silver packet of chicken flavoring. And while they’re kind of right, they’re also very, very wrong.

Here are a few interesting ways that you can take your pack of ramen to the next level.

1. Ramen Trail Mix

You’ll be abandoning your flavor packet for this odd treat. All you need are some dried cranberries, sliced almonds, dried raisins, sunflower seeds, a bit of oil, and a crushed up packet of Top Ramen. You’ll saute your dried ramen until it’s brown and crispy. After cooling them off, add them into a bag with the rest of your dry ingredients, and you’re good to go!

2. Ramen and Salsa

It sounds really gross, I know. But it won’t kill you, unless you break off a ramen chunk that’s large enough to be a choking hazard. While I wouldn’t serve this at parties, I would attempt it if I ran out of Tostitos, and was feeling desperate. Or, if I was still an undergrad.

There’s no picture, since I’m pretty sure people are too ashamed to photograph their sad memories of ramen and salsa. Honestly, that makes me want to try this food adventure just a little bit more.

3. Ramen Beef Pie

This recipe takes an hour, so at least it won’t feel like ramen is your base food. In this recipe, your cooked ramen will serve as a top layer to a delicious, beefy casserole dish that also incorporates sweet corn – and if you’re feeling creative, you can add other veggies to the mix. It’s easy to make, and will give your noodles a whole new purpose.

4. Pork Ramen Alfredo

If you have 25 minutes, you have enough time to whip up a batch of ramen alfredo, which include the pork flavored version of Top Ramen. Heavy cream, butter, and a little bit of parmesan cheese make up a creamy sauce, and some minced parsley leaves add a bit more flavor. This is a great dish, since a lot can be added onto it (like ham) to make quite the meal.

5. Noodle Pepperoni Pizza

If you don’t want delivery, or DiGiorno, this is an interested contender in the pizza category. Since all simple ingredients can be turned into a pizza, you should have expected this one.

This recipe doesn’t require anything you wouldn’t expect, and hey – it looks pretty tasty. Even better, the noodles are used in a pretty interesting way. Instead of being a weird topping that will make you slowly die of carb poisoning, they’re used to make a crispy crust.

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