Ramen noodles are a staple food for college students everywhere. But if you’re tired of eating the same old noodles all the time, there’s plenty of ways to switch it up! You don’t even need to leave your kitchen to do it. Here are 15 different, creative ways to cook your ramen noodles!
1. Ramen Coleslaw
2. Chow Mein
If you’re craving Panda Express, but don’t want to leave the house, then try this recipe from Sabrina over at Dinner Then Dessert. This chef-approved recipe tastes just like the original, but with half the oil and without the hassle of leaving the house to get it!
3. One Pot Teriyaki Ramen Chicken
If you–like me!–aren’t big on spicy foods, sweeter sauces like teriyaki are the way to go. Check out this awesome recipe for a teriyaki ramen chicken pot that’s delicious and easy to make! If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, try substituting tofu for chicken to make a tasty stir fry that’s still as packed with protein as it is with flavor!
4. Stir Fry
Learning new recipes can be time-consuming and daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Don’t just dream of turning your ordinary ramen into something gourmet. It’s easy to elevate your ordinary ramen noodles to a delicious stir fry. Wok the talk with this 20-minute ramen chicken stir fry recipe!
5. Ramen Lasagna
You aren’t just limited to Asian food when cooking with ramen noodles. Try this instant noodle lasagna recipe next time you’re craving Nana’s finest. It serves five people, making it a great option to bring to a potluck or dinner with friends! If you’re a vegetarian, you can try substituting the ham with vegetables like zucchini
6. Ramen Pizza
7. Poached Egg On Ramen
Lifehack or inexpensive easy meal? You decide while you give it a try. This dish is an exciting new option to throw into your weekly breakfast rotation for a bit of variety. Or serve it with a side salad for lunch or dinner! It’s as easy as it sounds and twice as delicious. Get the recipe here for your newest go-to meal, breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
8. Traveling Noodles
You’ve heard of the walking taco, now get ready for the walking taco’s crazy cousin, the traveling noodles. Ditch the flavor packets and use just the noodles to make these clever to-go meals. While others are the office are warming up their Lean Cuisines, you’ll have a fresh and fancy noodle lunch. Find the recipe here!
9. Ramen Burger
Impress your friends with this bunless burger trend. This burger blend is quite zesty itself, but sandwiched between a noodle bun, it’s an especially memorable meal. If you don’t do gluten, just buy some gluten-free ramen noodles and use them to create a bun alternative you can enjoy with your next burger. Check out the recipe here to shake up your next barbeque!
10. Ramen Carbonara
11. Rocky Road Bites
While you are getting inventive with using your instant ramen to make new meals, why not go a step further and make it a dessert? These Rocky Road Bites are no-bake crunchy goodness. Dessert has never been easier, and your ramen noodles have never been sweeter!
12. Banana-Coconut Ramen Pudding
If you aren’t really a chocoholic, here is another creative ramen dessert. Try making Banana-Coconut Ramen Pudding using this recipe straight from the Food Network itself! The ramen and the almonds add a layer of crunchy goodness over the warm pudding underneath for a mouthwateringly delicious dessert you can make in the comfort of your own home!
12. Breakfast Ramen
If you can make ramen for dessert, you may as well hit breakfast too to cover all the bases. If the poached egg on noodles recipe didn’t do it for you–of if it did, and you just can’t get enough ramen for breakfast–you’ll be happy to hear there are plenty of alternative breakfast-ramen recipes out there in the world! This recipe is simple, but the gouda cheese elevates it to a gourmet level that will start your day out just right.
13. Honey Ramen Snack Mix
Wait- could we really cover all our bases without considering the all-important snack? For many of us, the snack is the most important meal of the day… or at least the one we enjoy the most. And, yes, we have a ramen answer for that: Honey Ramen Snack Mix! Just follow the simple instructions linked above the next time you get the mid-day munchies!
14. Baharat Ramen Snack Mix
To balance out our snacking, we’ll also need a salty treat. So, here is a savory Middle Eastern mix that’s sure to spice up your snack attack! Just follow the recipe from thishealthytable.com and enjoy your delightfully crunchy snack in no time!
What are your favorite ramen noodle recipes to try when your college diet needs a little variety? Share your noodle secrets in the comments below!
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A. A. Ford is a writer from St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a student majoring in English and Theology at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to her articles for Society 19, Ford is known for her poetry and fiction, which can be found at https://aafordstories.wordpress.com/. In her free time, she loves directing stage theater, spending time with her friends and family, and trying her best to glorify God by her life.