This post originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.
A package of ramen is everyone’s best friend for good reason. It’s calorie dense, it’s cheap and it’s easy to make. Ding ding ding! We have a winner for just about every single meal. And you don’t need to be a broke college student to appreciate its versatility. Here are 9 ways to spruce up your noodles to make you feel like royalty. Okay, maybe not royalty, but someone who can at least afford an egg and some vegetables.
Basically, your instant noodles cooked in a pan with some added meat and vegetables and anything else you want to toss in. AllRecipes has a version that calls for a single package of Oriental-flavored ramen, chicken, oyster sauce and Sriracha.
Mac ‘N Cheese
Also lovingly known as Ramencheese, this dish can be as fancy as you want to make it. Pop Sugar has the easiest mac and cheese recipe you’ll ever lay eyes on. All it requires is ramen noodles, some seasoning and cheese. A much fancier restaurant-style version from David’s Cafe in NYC requires…a lot more, but all of the ingredients are basic ones, including white wine, which will really skyrocket the classy factor of this dish if you don’t drink it first.
Who can pass up 5 Minute Pho using ramen noodles? In theory, the hot broth of the ramen will easily cook raw flank steak to perfection.
If you don’t make this ramen Pad Thai recipe, you hate food. Peanut butter, fish sauce, sriracha and lime juice combine to turn a package of ordinary ramen into an impressive dinner.
Egg Drop Soup
Really, anything flavorful will do: miso or Thai curry paste, fish sauce, harrisa, vinegar, peanut sauce, ponzu, kimchi or red pepper paste are all good options when seasoning ramen. Stir in some frozen veggies and you have a three-minute meal using stuff you probably already have at home.