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Easy, Cheap Recipe for Cooking with Ramen Noodles

Updated on March 3, 2013

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Ramen and eggs for a cheap, easy meal
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Cooking with Ramen Noodles

There are times when a person just can't afford to buy anything more expensive than ramen noodles or oatmeal. There are also times when going to bed hungry is more appealing than another bowl of fatty, salty noodles or bland oatmeal. However, even ramen noodles can make a delicious meal that's anything but boring. For pennies a serving, you can turn ramen into a tasty, filling dish.

So what is this magical creation? It is the "ramenttata," a quick and easy dish you can easily adapt to use whatever is in your pantry. It is based loosely on the frittata concept and was developed, as far as I know, by a former housemate. The only mandatory ingredients are a packages of ramen noodles and an egg or two. By following this recipe, you can make a filling meal for less than 50 cents.

Ramen noodles are infamous for their high saturated fat content and out of control sodium, but I have included a couple of 'healthier' suggestions to make the meal less bad for you. It obviously is not health food, though, but the eggs give you good protein and the noodles provide an inexpensive, easy to make filler. I calculated the cost of ingredients for the ramenttata shown in the video at 36 cents. If you buy eggs on sale, you could slash this price even more. How else, without hunting or having a substantial garden, can you make a filling meal for close to a quarter?

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How to Make a Ramenttata

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Ramen-type noodles
  • 1-2 Eggs
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Olive oil, butter, or cooking spray/oil
  • Whatever else you have
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Add extra ingredients, like onions, to liven up the mealSaute garlic or onions ahead of timeLightly beat eggs with a forkAdd other ingredients and seasonings to the eggsWash ramen noodles with hot water to make them less fattyAdd noodles to the egg mixtureMix until the ingredients are thoroughly combinedUse a spatula to spread the noodles/eggs evenly You can see the egg cooking around the edgeFlipped ramenttata - less than perfect because I was trying to take pictures and flip it at the same time!
Add extra ingredients, like onions, to liven up the meal
Add extra ingredients, like onions, to liven up the meal | Source
Saute garlic or onions ahead of time
Saute garlic or onions ahead of time | Source
Lightly beat eggs with a fork
Lightly beat eggs with a fork | Source
Add other ingredients and seasonings to the eggs
Add other ingredients and seasonings to the eggs | Source
Wash ramen noodles with hot water to make them less fatty
Wash ramen noodles with hot water to make them less fatty | Source
Add noodles to the egg mixture
Add noodles to the egg mixture | Source
Mix until the ingredients are thoroughly combined
Mix until the ingredients are thoroughly combined | Source
Use a spatula to spread the noodles/eggs evenly
Use a spatula to spread the noodles/eggs evenly | Source
You can see the egg cooking around the edge
You can see the egg cooking around the edge | Source
Flipped ramenttata - less than perfect because I was trying to take pictures and flip it at the same time!
Flipped ramenttata - less than perfect because I was trying to take pictures and flip it at the same time! | Source
Cuisinart MCP22-24 MultiClad Pro Stainless 10-Inch Open Skillet
Cuisinart MCP22-24 MultiClad Pro Stainless 10-Inch Open Skillet

Tri-ply cookware allows heat to spread evenly across the pan's surface, eliminating hot and cold spots. You can ruin the most expensive ingredients with low-quality cookware. With a high-quality pan, even simple meals come out perfect.

 
Sapporo Ichiban Ramen, Miso, 3.55-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)
Sapporo Ichiban Ramen, Miso, 3.55-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)

At about a dollar each, these noodles are a real splurge, compared to other ramen. They are also delicious and well worth the whole dollar.

 

Make Your Cheap and Easy Meal

The basic ramenttata is easy to create and modify.

  1. Cook your ramen noodles according to the package's instructions.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, preheat a skillet over medium heat with enough cooking fat or oil to lightly coat the pan's bottom. I prefer to use olive oil because it is healthier than other oils or butter, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Butter, imitation butter, vegetable oil, cooking spray - you name it. If you are using a nonstick pan, you can even try the ramenttata without oil, but, depending on your pan, it may end up more like scrambled egg noodles by the time you get it off the bottom.
  3. Drain the noodles in a colander. To make the dish slightly more healthy, rinse the noodles with hot water. Ramen cooks so quickly because it has been deep fried. When the noodles are hot, a lot of this fat is on the surface. By washing the noodles in hot water, you can remove some of this fat. Do not use cold water or the fat will re-solidify.
  4. Lightly beat your eggs in a medium bowl. Add any other ingredients at this time.
  5. Add noodles to the egg mixture and stir to thoroughly combine. Try to coat the noodles with egg or you will end up with an eggy layer on the bottom and a bunch of noodles on top.
  6. Pour the noodle mixture into the hot skillet and use a spatula, or shake the pan, to spread the noodles into a uniform thickness. The noddles should sizzle. If you don't hear sizzling, your pan is too cold and you need to turn up the heat.
  7. Very soon, you will see the egg beginning to cook around the edges. The amount of time you should allow the ramenttata to cook before flipping it depends on your stove and pan, as well as how crunchy you want it to be. I find that about 3 minutes is usually good. Slide the edge of your spatula under the ramenttata and try to lift it. If the ramenttata will not hold together, it isn't ready to be flipped. If it looks solid enough to flip in one piece, it's ready.
  8. After flipping the ramenttata, allow it to cook for another 1-2 minutes. Most of the egg is already cooked by this point, so you are just trying to get a nice crust on the second side.
  9. Plate your ramenttata and enjoy!

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Ramenttata - supper for less than 50 cents
Ramenttata - supper for less than 50 cents | Source

How to Make Ramen More Exciting

The ramenttata is easy to modify. Basically anything that tastes good with eggs or in Asian food works well as a ramenttata ingredient or topping. In the video, I used a small amount of fresh chives from my container garden. When I made a ramenttata for the third night in a row to take pictures, I mixed things up a bit by adding onion and sofrito sauce. I simply sauteed the onion in the ramenttata skillet while the noodles boiled. Then, I mixed the onion, eggs, and sofrito before adding the noodles.

Other toppings I've seen on a ramenttata include ketchup, peanut fragments, cheese, and even salsa. You can also experiment with different herbs and spices to vary the flavor. Why not add curry powder, Italian herbs, or something even more exotic? That's the beauty of the ramenttata - virtually everything tastes good, especially if you do not include the noodle's flavor packet. Omitting the flavoring is another fantastic way to make the meal healthier because virtually all of the sodium in ramen noodles comes from these seasonings.

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Cheap, Easy Meal

As mentioned above, the video ramenttata cost 36 cents. It was so filling I had to take a break halfway through and come back for more later! In addition to being extraordinarily inexpensive, a ramenttata takes 10 minutes, or less, to prepare. I don't recommend you eat them all the time - they clearly aren't health food - but they are a great way to create a filling meal when you just can't afford anything else.

Thanks to everyone who has left suggestions for other toppings and ingredients below. Please leave your ideas, too - I still have lots of ramen noodles! If you don't like eggs, but have lots of ramen, consider checking out another hubber's page on how to use ramen noodles as a base for delicious, nutritious soups.

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      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      As someone who always advocates healthier eating, I love the way you try to succeed to make the most from the most basic of ingredients. It's amazing what we can achieve when we try, don't you think? You prove that the most basic of meals, of decent quality, can be made from the most inexpensive of ingredients. Great stuff :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! It is amazing - you can taste the difference in the noodles if you wash them thoroughly. They don't have that greasy mouth-feel, at all.

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      I've made something similar to this, and I'm a fan of ramen long after I can actually buy real food, but I never knew that those noodles were deep fried first or that they should be rinsed. Something new every day!

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      LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I am soooo happy you posted this hub. I had no idea they were deep fried. I really thought they were just like pasta. My three little ones were introduced to ramen noodles a year ago and they ask for them all the time. Because of the lack of protein and high fat content I gave them something else. Your recipe makes a healthy alternative. I will make these for them now. I thank you and my kids thank you too.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      The pre-frying is why ramen tastes okay before you cook it and can cook up so very quickly! Of course, it can't get rid of all the fat, but rinsing does help get some of it off. You can tell the difference in the way it feels when you eat it.

      Jellygator - I kind of like ramen, too!

      LA Elsen - using the eggs really adds in the protein and helps the meal have staying power. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A yummy and easy recipe! I am fond of instant noodles. This filling meal is something I would like to try this weekend. Your video is very helpful. I would like to add chopped tomatoes, peppers and Indian spices to this ramenttata and eliminate the noodles' seasonings for a healthier meal as you mentioned!. Thank you for introducing me to this simple and tasty meal! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not getting your notifications....I'm very sorry but I haven't been ignoring you. I wanted to tell you...I saw that a Natasha bought my Kindle novel....was that you? If it was, thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on the book...that meant a lot to me.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I really liked this hub. We always have emergency ramen soups in the house. My husband loves them. I usually cook the soup without the packet of spices. I add chopped green onion, cilantro, celery and any other vegetable I have around. I add my own seasonings. This is definitely an thumbs up.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      When ever I'm tired and don't feel like cooking full course meal, I make noodles. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      PS: Thanks for reading and commenting on my interview with Maria.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I haven't had these noodles in quite awhile. I do love their flavor, but as you stated, the sodium is high. You have given us some really good options to make this a healthier food choice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow! I'm away from the Internet for a morning and look at all the comments! Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.

      I hope you like the ramenttata with add ons, ishwaryaa! Those sound like tasty additions.

      Billybuc - yep! The very same Natasha. =)

      I like the cilantro suggestion, carol. I have some growing in my garden, too. I'll have to try it!

      Thanks for stopping by Vinaya! Noodles are a great quick meal when cooking something bigger would be inconvenient.

      Thanks for stopping by, teaches. I think virtually all of the sodium is in that tiny flavor package! Leaving it out makes such a difference.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      I love anything with noodles. I haven't tried these ideas yet but will give them a go.

      Ramen noodles seem to go with just about anything. Easy cheap recipes are always useful.

      I will try them with some chilies and spring onion. :)

      Voted up and sharing useful and interesting

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for sharing and voting! I hope you enjoy your customized ramenttata creation!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing. When one "thinks outside the box" there is a world of possibilities in "Romen" noodles

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks! That's probably why they say "necessity is the mother of invention."

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a great easy, inexpensive and healthier way to use ramen noodles. I would think that anything and everything you might add to an omelette or a fritatta would go well with this and increase the vitamins, fiber and protein values. Some of these have already been mentioned:

      Onion, garlic, green onions, green -red - yellow peppers, mushrooms, zuchinni, tomatoes, banana peppers, chilies, artichokes, black beans, a little grated cheese - there are hundreds of choices, salsa, or thin slivers of ham, chicken, beef, a small sprinkle of bacon bits.

      As you said, Natashalh, really anything you like! Great Hub. :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Oooohhh, zuchinni is an idea! And I have lots of squash right now. Chunked or grated would work. Thanks for the ideas! And thank you for stopping by, phdast7.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Here I returned to inform you that I made ramenttata with chopped tomato pieces, sliced peppers and Indian spices yesterday. I and my parents liked this yummy dish very much. Once again thank you for sharing this economical recipe with us. Now Socially Shared.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That's fantastic! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know (and telling me what you used!). Thank you for sharing, too.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a good idea to add chives! I had not thought of that and I bet it would be a great way to liven up the ramen noodles. Thanks Natashalh!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I love ramen noodles and this looks good to me. I really never think to buy them maybe I will now. Voted up

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      They are my favorite too :)

      Cheers!!

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      Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I frequently throw an egg in my ramen soup, but this looks good too! I will have to give it a try.

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      Juancho Forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

      I've tried everything with ramen soup too. To me, this is a whole new way of using ramen noodles. I learn something new everyday on HP.

      I'll try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, everyone! I've been very busy and it was awesome to get on here and see so much support!

      I'm glad you are a interested in trying noodles made this way. I've heard of putting an egg in the soup. I think it's a Korean style dish? I'm not sure, though. Thanks again, and thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      THIS IS GOOD WHEN YOU ARE ON A BUDGET FOR SURE.. AND KIDS LOVE THESE NOODLES. I AM SHARING ON THE COOKING PAGE ON FACEBOOK AND WITH FRIENDS WITH KIDS.

      Debbie

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for sharing it! I hope you and your friends enjoy the recipe.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      sorry i didn't mean to capitalize everything.. Debbie

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      I love this! I like adding ramen noodles to a curry and pan-frying them with vegetables, but have never had a ramenttata (such an awesome name for a dish). This is absolutely a must-try.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Your idea sounds tasty, too! And thank you, I find the name amusing and descriptive. =)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I think many college students got through school by eating ramen noodles. I know my granddaughter did! I like this recipe Who would have thought noodles could be exciting??

      I voted this UP, etc.etc. and will share on FB

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Worse than being a college student is being a grad student! There are less meetings to attend for free food =p And fewer scholarships.

      Thank you for voting and sharing! I really appreciate it.

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      I've had this hub in my thoughts ever since you wrote it, so I made it tonight - double recipe, with ham, mushrooms, onion, and some seasonings added. It's the first time my husband has ever had a frittata kind of recipe at all, and he LOVES it!

      I doubled the recipe because there were three of us eating, but we ate only half of it. S. says he'll eat the rest for breakfast. :)

      All told, I think dinner for three tonight cost less than $4.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That's awesome! It is really super filling, especially with that many added ingredients, and I've definitely eaten leftovers for breakfast, too. I'm glad it was a hit and thank you for letting me know.

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      Denise Mai 4 years ago from Idaho

      That would have been a life saver in college. But, even today it looks yummy. Kind of like a potato cake made with noodles. Delish!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      It is remarkably tasty! And pretty much the only way I remember to use the eggs I buy. For some reason, eggs always just sit in my fridge, despite my best intentions to use them. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      I really like the look of this too. We don't have ramen noodles but we do have quick cook noodles and now you have me wondering if they are pre-fried too. I'm going right now to look at the ingredients on the pack... okay, no oil, just durum wheat, egg and a little salt. So I suppose these would be okay to use in this recipe?

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      They're probably the same thing. You could do this with any noodles it's just that ramen is so inexpensive! If you try it, I hope you enjoy.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I know just the perfect person to share this with and I'm sure she's going to love it. My niece just started University and this recipe will be perfect for her. Of course I'm going to try it too because I like cheap and easy now and then.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Excellent! I hope she enjoys it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it, too.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Healthy or not, Ramen is delicious. I love cooking it and adding whipped eggs to the soup part to make a sorta egg-drop soup with noodles. This sounds great too. My husband and daughter love Ramen, and this is a good variation. I bet a little tomatoes and cheese added to that would make a Ramenomelette! :)

      Thanks for the great recipe. Voting and pinning!

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I love ramen, too! I've made soup with it before, as well. Thanks so much for stopping by m erectile and taking the time to pin.

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      The Reminder 3 years ago from Canada

      Ramen are so good but so salty at the same time!

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, it's very salty, but you'll be amazed how much salt you can avoid by not using that flavoring packet! That's where pretty much all the sodium is.

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      I love a warm bowl of ramen, occasionally adding eggs into it. Now I see a different way of preparing and enjoying ramen, thanks for your wonderful suggestion! :)

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Absolutely! I love how HubPages gives people a place to share ideas. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you sure do make a good use of ramen. Very simple instructions and easy to follow. Gonna bookmark this page into my handset and make a bowl now.

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      Kristine Norberg 2 years ago from Minnesota

      We eat ramen noodles on occasion. Thanks for this great idea! Will probably eat them more often now. Sounds wonderful and easy. Thank you! Kristine

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Real ramen noodles are a tasty, legit food! Even if you don't try this version of the grocery-store variety, I hope you get the chance to eat real, Japanese-style ramen noodles sometime. =)

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