Paul a fellow UMR/MS*&T alum, sent me this gem. It’s so simple, but so fancy.
1 bag of beef ramen
1 heaping tablespoon of sour cream
1 teaspoon of white truffle oil
Cook the noodles as instructed by adding them to boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain all of the water with the exception of approximately 1 tablespoon of water. Next add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Enjoy.
Paul notes that the sour cream, beef flavoring, and truffle oil really give it a very heavy umami taste.
Personally, I don't like sour cream that much, but I've found more and more than when it's mixed in to things it tastes good. Just don't put a big spoonful on top of my nachos.
Kevin sent me this variation on the standard "Break" recipe, taken made by the inmates at the Northern Correctional Facility in Moundsville, WV. Moundsville is a dreary town as I remember it and I bet the prison isn't much better. He says, "the prison's inmate store sold all of the ingredients. Sometimes upwards of six or seven inmates would contribute an ingredient so all could enjoy a good, filling meal, with a small investment. Since we weren't allowed knives, we used the pull-top can lids to dice the cheese and pepperoni. It was a hard job and your hand would be cramping toward the end."
This recipe makes two decent sized portions, or one for a big eater. Double recipe for more portions.
1 bag of Ramen noodles, beef flavor preferred, but chicken will do
1 can of chili with beans (we used Castleberry's brand, individual size. You can also substitute a can of beef stew)
1/4 to 1/3 stick of pepperoni, diced (which can be bought already diced on the street)
1/2 cup of diced Longhorn or Cheddar cheese (about 1 cup shredded on the street)
1 deli pickle, diced (optional)
1 small onion, diced (optional)
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Follow the microwave instruction on pack using whole flavor pack, but crumble noodles. Drain excess water from noodles when done. In a separate bowl, microwave the diced pepperoni on several layers of paper towels for a minute at a time and stir between heating, to cook off the grease. This makes the pepperoni crunchy, but don't cook it too long or it will burn. Heat chili (or beef stew) for two minutes and stir in diced cheese. Stir in cheese and heat longer to melt cheese if needed. Pour all ingredients into a big bowl (sometimes a trash bag was used if it was a big break) and mix well. Serve with sliced bread or crackers.
Sandra writes in with this interesting recipe. First of all, I didn't know that canned tamales existed. I'd never even had a tamale until I was about 25 and living in Texas and I found that I really like them, the canned ones though? Who knows. I do like Wolf Brand Chili. I highly advise you to not real the nutrition label on either can.
4 pkg Ramen noodles (no seasoning packets)
1 15 oz can of Wolf Brand Chili
1 15 oz can of Hormel canned tamales
grated cheddar cheese
Open chili and tamales. Remove paper from tamales add the tamales and chili to a saucepan. Heat them together, slowly. Cook ramen noodles until done and drain. Pour chili and tamales over ramen and add the cheese. Stir together and serve. Makes enough for 4 people.
Using ramen to stretch leftovers is quite common. This method below is a variation on one of my favorite ways to eat ramen. Since the meat is already cooked you can make this in under 10 minutes from start to finish.
A recipe from Keri, writing from Kentucky:
2 leftover grilled chicken breasts (or strip steaks, pork chops, whatever may have been on the grill the night before) cubed
3 bricks of Ramen (we liked to match the flavor with whatever meat we were using, although I suppose you could mix it up) flavoring included broken into quarters
1 bag of frozen mixed veggies (any type will do, no need to be picky. I’ve used broccoli, stir fry mixed veggies, garden medley)
2 tbs olive oil (you can use vegetable oil, butter or margarine in a pinch as well)
2 cups of water
Heat oil in the biggest skillet you can find or in a wok if you have one on medium high heat. Once you can see just a hint of smoke (or if using butter/margarine, once melted and getting foamy) dump in the bag of frozen veggies. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the veggies are about semi-cooked. Sprinkle on the flavor packets and add the leftover cubed meat and the raw noodles. Continue to cook until the veggies are almost completely cooked, still stirring frequently to make sure nothing sticks or burns. Add the water and crank the heat up all the way to high. Stir constantly until all the water has been absorbed. If the noodles are still not quite done, add a little more water and cook until done. Toss on a plate and enjoy. This recipe will feed 6 kids and provides three of the original four food groups. If you serve with a glass of milk, you've got a balanced meal!
Jilly sent in this interesting sounding soup. I had to ask about the peanut butter since I’ve never added peanut butter to a soup, but Jilly says it’s good. If you guys try it, let me know in the comments. This reminds me that I also need to get some fish sauce since every time I cook, I never have any…
chopped peanuts if not using crunchy peanut butter
Put the ginger, garlic, and flavor packet from the ramen in the water and bring to a boil. Add the noodles and cook as directed. Remove the pan from heat and add the peanut butter, stirring until dissolved. Fish sauce may be added here if you're using it (I don't). Pour into bowl and top with pepper flakes and green onion, also peanuts if using. Enjoy!
Brandon from Alamaba sent me what is probably the world's cheapest spaghetti recipe. I've never actually put pasta sauce on my ramen, but I don't see why this wouldn't work
Two bricks of ramen
Ragu spaghetti sauce (with meat), approx 1 cup
Garlic salt or Garlic powder
Dinner rolls or bread
Boil two bricks of ramen in 2 1/2 cups of water. While that is cooking, add the Ragu spaghetti sauce to a separate sauce pan, stir in some Italian seasoning to taste and heat. After the noodle cook, drain them and mix them into the Ragu. Warm the dinner rolls and then spread with butter and sprinkle with garlic powder or salt.
When I was a kid, I used to put Doritos inside sandwiches sometimes, mainly ham sandwiches, but it also works on PB&J. It gives the sandwich a satisfying crunch and a cheesy flavor. I haven't done this in 25 years, but it I bet it still tastes good. This recipe reminded me of doing that as a kid, although I never mixed the Doritos with tuna. If anyone is brave enough to try this, post a comment on how it tastes.
1 packet ramen, crushed
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 can of tuna, mostly drained
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons honey
1 handful doritos, crushed
1 hefty dash of cayenne pepper
While its still in the package, crush ramen noodles to your liking. Open only the end of the package, make sure it stays in good shape for use with the doritos. Throw flavor packet in your cupboard somewhere to use at a later time and dump the crushed noodles into a bowl. Add your water, soy sauce, tuna, lime juice, garlic and honey to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Microwave on high for four minutes. While its in there, take your handful of doritos (maybe 15 chips, 20 at the most) and put them in the empty ramen bag. I use the Sweet & Spicy doritos. Add your cayenne pepper to the bag as well, hold the top closed and crush your chips. After the four minutes is up, remove ramen from the microwave and add crushed dorito mixture. Mix well. Place the bowl back in the microwave for another 1-2 minutes (depending on altitude, as you want it to set like a thick stew as opposed to a soup). Remove, allow a few minutes to cool, and enjoy.
Just a note: If the contents of your bowl looks like lumpy sludge, then you did it right. Don't look at it, just eat it. Trust me, looks can be deceiving.
Put water and star anise in pan and bring to boil. Add noodles from one package of ramen (save the noodles from the other for another use) and cook 3 minutes. Remove the star anise and add seasoning packets from beef and oriental ramen packages. Add the Sriracha sauce, veggies and lime juice to taste. Serves 1.
Franks hot sauce makes everything better, I bet even Wuthering Heights would be readable if it was first doused with hot sauce.
Submitted By: John R
Submitted From: Charleroi, PA
1 Package of Chicken Ramen (Or Beef)
1 Can Of Green Beans
Hot sauce (Franks)
Plain Tortilla Chips
Put noodles in a bowl in microwave for 1-2 mins just to loosen them up, don’t drench them in water just put a little bit of water in the bowl to “cover” the noodles. Then drain the water and stick them in the frying pan, also add a little bit of butter, about 1/4 stick of butter. Then add some green beans and stir all together, then slowly add 2-3 tsps of brown sugar, the package of chicken seasoning, salt (not alot), pepper, 2 tsps of hot sauce and be prepared to eat!