August 12, 2014
College students joke about how they live off of ramen — it’s a classic campus cuisine. And we can see why they like it so much: ramen is cheap, easy to make, and best of all, it tastes pretty darn good.
In honor of the start of another school year, the Target Test Kitchen decided to take a new approach to the noodle with nine unexpected ways to cook up one of our favorite college staples.
Featuring some ramen recipes that are sweet and some that are savory, these nine ramen hacks were cleverly crafted in the spirit of dorm room dining. Each hack requires only a few basic ingredients and a microwave, and then presto — you’ve got a homemade meal in minutes.
Pasta Salad Ramen
Prepare ramen according to package directions; drain. Chill noodles. Make zucchini and carrot ribbons with a vegetable peeler. Toss noodles and vegetable ribbons with vinaigrette.
Coconut Curry Ramen
Prepare ramen according to package directions, except replace water with 1 cup coconut milk (from the Dairy section); stir in curry powder and seasoning packet.
Ramen and Meatballs
Prepare ramen according to package directions; drain. Stir in pasta sauce and cooked Market Pantry Italian Meatballs (from the Frozen section). Heat until warm.
Chili Cheese Dog Ramen
Prepare ramen according to package directions; drain. Top noodles with cooked hot dog, chili and cheddar cheese. Heat until warm.
Pad Thai Ramen
Prepare ramen according to stovetop directions, except use 1 cup water. Break ramen into small pieces, and add desired amount of cooked shrimp (we used Market Pantry Fully Cooked Salad Shrimp from the Freezer section). Cover and cook 3 minutes until noodles have softened. Stir in chopped peanuts, fresh lime juice, soy sauce, honey and seasoning packet; simmer an additional minute until sauce has thickened. Top with fresh cilantro.
Ramen Frittata for Two
Divide finely crushed uncooked noodles between two microwave-safe mugs. Stir 1 lightly beaten egg, 1/2 cup milk, shredded cheddar cheese and seasoning packet in small bowl. Pour evenly into mugs. Microwave 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on HIGH until cooked through; let stand 1 minute. Top each with a slice of bacon. Market Pantry Fully Cooked Bacon makes it easy!
Crispy Marshmallow Ramen Treat
Microwave 10 regular size Market Pantry Marshmallows and 1 tbsp. butter in medium microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 1 minute or until melted. Stir in finely crushed uncooked noodles, allow them to soften and then shape into bar.
Prepare ramen according to package directions; drain. Stir in crunchy peanut butter, Market Pantry Less Sodium Soy Sauce and Sriracha sauce. Top with slaw mix, such as cabbage or broccoli.
Prepare ramen according to package directions; drain. Chill noodles. Stir in 1 lightly beaten egg and seasoning packet; place in a large flat bottom bowl or plate lined with large piece of plastic wrap. Fold sides of plastic wrap over noodles and flatten into crust shape. Top with smaller bowl and heavy item (we used a large can); refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in skillet on MEDIUM-HIGH and brown crust on both sides, about 5 minutes each. Spread with pizza or pasta sauce, shredded cheese and pepperoni. Heat until melted.
Gone are the days of dorm food dissatisfaction — bring on the ramen! Hungry for more? We thought you might be. Try these delicious nine mac n’ cheese hacks!
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