7 Creative Ways to Enjoy Ramen for Dinner

Creative Ways to Enjoy Ramen for Dinner

Ramen has been feeding hungry coeds for years. Yet long after college, there is something about those 10-cent noodles that keeps calling us back. In fact, ramen was the inspiration behind our CORELLE® LIVINGWARE™ WINTER FROST WHITE 28-OZ BOWL. Generously sized with extra-deep sides, the bowls are a perfect match for salty broth and slurpy noodles.

Whether you’re living it up in the dorm or have graduated to being a grown-up, ramen still makes a great meal. With a few add-ins and a little creativity, you can actually hack a pack of ramen into dozens of different dinners. Here are the best.

Ramen Stir Fry

Replace rice with ramen for a tasty meal that’s quicker then takeout.

To make: Start with a package of Oriental ramen and cook as directed, reserving the seasoning packet. Drain noodles and set aside. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add 1 cup chopped chicken or beef; cook until no longer pink. Toss in 1 cup chopped cabbage or frozen mixed veggies; saute until crisp-tender. Add noodles to the skillet; sprinkle contents of seasoning packet on top. Add a splash of chicken broth if the mixture is too dry, and adjust seasoning to taste.

Ramen Frittata

Give ramen an early wake-up call by using the noodles in a breakfast frittata. Slices look great topped with fresh herbs. No one will believe this tasty dish costs less than $2 to make.

To make: Cook a package of chicken ramen as directed, reserve seasoning packet. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat 6 eggs and a splash of milk. Drain noodles; toss into egg mixture. Stir in contents of seasoning packet. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add noodle mixture; cook over medium-low heat until firm, about 7 minutes. Carefully flip frittata; cook 1 to 2 minutes longer or until cooked through.

Ramen Pizza

Combine two college staples by transforming that pack of ramen into a personal-size pizza.

To make: Separate uncooked ramen into 2 thin squares. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Pour a generous amount of marinara sauce over each square; sprinkle with cheese and pizza toppings of your choice. Bake at 350°F until cheese is melted and edges are golden brown.

Ramen Mac & Cheese

The ultimate comfort-food combo.

To make: Cook a package of chicken ramen noodles as directed. Drain and return noodles to the pan. Stir in contents of seasoning packet and 1 teaspoon flour. Add 1/4 cup milk; heat over medium heat until milk has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese; stir until melted. Remove from heat; adjust seasonings to taste.

With so many ways to enjoy ramen, go ahead and grab a pack or 10! This budget-friendly staple makes more than just soup—those classic college noodles make all sorts of great meals, too.