Totally Transform Your $.33 Ramen!

Alicia W
by Alicia W
4-6 servings
40 min

Ramen - everyone loves it because what's not to love? It cooks in just three minutes and is under $.50!

So let's take that Ramen and step it up a notch with these three easy recipes.

Pork Fried Rice was a staple in our house when my daughters were little. It's the one thing they were guaranteed to eat. This recipe is exactly the same except noodles are substituted for rice.

With only a few ingredients, you have a meal that's fast and inexpensive.

Mongolian Beef is usually served on top of rice but adding noodles instead of rice gives this classic a different twist.

The sauce gives the beef a sweet flavor.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Ramen noodles gives your family a hearty meal.

The other surprise ingredient is spinach which adds the iron we all need.

Totally Transform Your $.33 Ramen!
Recipe details
  • 4-6  servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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Pork Fried Noodles
  • 2 packages chicken flavored ramen noodles
  • 1 pound boneless pork
  • 3 eggs, beaten 
  • vegetable oil
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 16 oz bag of peas and carrots
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • soy sauce 
Mongolian Beef with Noodles
  • 1 package of chicken flavor Ramen noodles
  • 1-1/2 pounds flank steak
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips 
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce 
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 Ramen flavor packet
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 2 packages of chicken flavored Ramen noodles
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3-1/2 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Ramen flavor packet
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
Pork Fried Noodles
Boil ramen noodles according to directions without flavor packets. Reserve flavor packets.
Drain noodles, and set aside.
In a skillet, add oil. Add pork and cook until brown.
Scramble eggs in a bowl. Pour eggs into the pan and cook until set.
Add frozen peas and carrots and onions and cook until tender
Push everything to the side of the skillet and add a tablespoon of oil,
Add noodles to skillet and fry about 2 minutes.
Sprinkle ramen seasoning packet and soy sauce over noodles and toss to coat.
Mix everything in the skillet together and cook 2 more minutes.
Mongolian Beef with Noodles
Boil ramen noodles according to directions without flavor packets. Reserve flavor packets.
Slice the steak into small thin pieces against the grain.
In a large plastic bag, add the cornstarch and the beef pieces. Close the bag and shake well.
Add the bell pepper to the skillet and sauté it for a couple minutes just until it gets soft. Remove the pepper from the skillet to a plate and set aside.
Add Ramen flavor packet to the 1 1/4 cup of water and stir
In that same skillet, add sauce ingredients, the sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, chicken broth. Stir and cook over medium heat until sauce thickens a bit and reduces by about a quarter.
Return the beef and bell pepper to the skillet and toss in the sauce.
Add the cooked ramen noodles to the skillet and toss everything together. Top with green onions and serve.
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Boil ramen noodles according to directions without flavor packets. Reserve flavor packets.
In a Dutch oven, brown chicken in 2 tablespoons butter.
Remove and keep warm.
In the same pan, sauté' the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in remaining butter until tender.
Stir in flour until blended
Gradually stir in the milk, cream, and flavor packet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Add the chicken, Ramen and spinach; cook until spinach is wilted, 3-4 minutes.
Cover and simmer until heated through.
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  • Jim Bowen Jim Bowen on Feb 27, 2022

    Substitute high sodium flavor packet with smoked paprika and ms dash. Doing so helps blood pressure stay low.