10 Ways to Upgrade Ramen Instant Noodles

By McKenna Fiddler on August 9, 2016

Ramen instant noodles are arguably the ULTIMATE budget pantry item. Check out these 10 brilliant ways to work ramen into your weekly rotation without sacrificing flavor, variety, or cash.


Thai Chicken Ramen

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Replace pricey specialty noodles with ramen for a budget-friendly, "better-than-takeout" take on classic Asian dishes.

Cooking Classy


Spicy Ramen Noodle Mac and Cheese

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Ramen noodles add great texture to classic mac! With this recipe, you're reaping the cost-effective benefit of mac and cheese, minus the weird powdered sauce.

The Spice Kit Recipes


Ramen Carbonara

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Sure, ramen noodles are Asian in origin, but they're right at home in this easy carbonara, made with only a handful of simple ingredients.



Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles

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This take on Asian noodles comes together in a mere 10 minutes! Faster than takeout, and definitely cheaper.

The Wholesome Dish


Taco Ramen

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This quick and easy taco bowl is hearty, flavorful and can be customized with your favorite toppings.



Mongolian Beef Ramen Noodles

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Splurge on a high-quality protein, then toss it in with a budget-friendly powerhouse like rice or instant ramen! Sounds like a win/win to us.

Jo Cooks


20-Minute Spicy Sriracha Ramen Noodle Soup

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Sriracha and ramen are great money-saving staples to have around—a little goes a long way!

Baker by Nature


Ramen Vegetable Stir Fry

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This dish may look fancy, but don't be fooled. It's quick and easy (and SO worth stocking up on Asian condiments).

The Rustic Willow


Asian Ramen Noodle Salad

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Toss dry, uncooked noodles into your favorite salads for extra crunch.

Creme de la Crumb


Ramen with Bacon and Soft-Boiled Eggs

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You'll never look at eggs and bacon the same way again...

Yes to Yolks