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Ramen as a Real Meal

Updated on November 4, 2012
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Ramen as a Staple Food

We have enjoyed the information and the recipes in the Hub, Ramen Noodle Miracles. One of the things we have seen is that ramen is a staple food in many Asian countries and became a snack food or a college quick meal in the United States. With a little ingenuity and a few ingredients we may already have at home in the kitchen, we can make a full meal with ramen noodles as a base.

The following recipes are all dishes that my friends and I have tried and many of us have enjoyed them. We hope that you do as well.

As an interesting aside, the young son of one of my friends entered a food drive contest to help the local food banks. A prize was awarded, based on number of individual food items were collected. The child and his dad collected ramen noodle packs from everyone they knew and won the contest!

Zuchini Ramen


  • 1 Package of ramen noodles, cooked with seasoning, then drained
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Small zuchini, sliced
  • 1 Small yellow squash, sliced
  • 1/4 C onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsly
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper combo


  • While ramen boils, saute squash in butter for 2-4 minutes until tender-crisp.
  • Drain ramen and pour the noodles over the vegetables in the pot.
  • Sprinkle your salt and pepper and mix briefly.
  • Serve with onions and parsley on top.

Pepper Pork Bowl


  • Pork flavored ramen; you will beusing th eflavoring packet
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup frozen vegetables - peas and broccoli cuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • ¼ cup broken cashews or peanuts
  • Water (I use spring water)
  • Pickled peppers


  • Break the egg into deep bowl, without breaking the yolk, and pour water to fill the bowl halfway.
  • Place the ramen noodles on top of the egg and sprinkle the seasoning packet evenly over the top.
  • Add the frozen vegetables, nuts, and chopped cabbage.
  • Next, add more water to barely cover the ingredients and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Heat in the microwave on high, 5 minutes. The egg should be soft boiled.
  • Garnish with additional cabbage and the peppers.

Noodles and Franks


  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 2 packages of ramen noodles, brick or cup
  • 2 frankfurters
  • 2 tomato sauce cans of water
  • Garlic Salt
  • Hot Sauce


  • Heat tomato sauce and water over medium heat.
  • Let mixture come to the boil and reduce to simmer.
  • Cut hot dogs into bite-size pieces and add to the pot.
  • Bring to a full boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the noodles and seasoning packets.
  • Add garlic salt to taste.
  • Cook until the noodles are done and serve with hot sauce.

Corn & Broccoli Chowder


  • 1 pack "Creamy Chicken" ramen noodles
  • 1 Can of cream style corn
  • 1 Individual package frozen Broccoli & Cheese
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garlic or garlic salt to taste


  • Boil ramen in 2 cups hot water, but do not drain.
  • Mix the seasoning packet into the soup.
  • Add the corn, and defrosted Broccoli and Cheese.
  • Season with pepper and garlic to taste.

Ramen Side Dish

Cole Slaw Noodles

Serves 6-8



  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  • 1 16-oz bag of cole slaw mix
  • 2 bunches of green onions, chopped with 1/3 of the green tails added
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 packages of chicken flavored ramen noodles broken apart ( keep the seasoning packets for this dish)


  • Mix all dressing ingredients and let them sit together on the counter overnight in a covered container, at room temperature.
  • Mix salad ingredients when ready to serve the following day, add dressing, and toss.
  • Let sit in or out of refrigerator another couple of hours if you like, to let flavors blend.

Ramen Noodles As a Dessert

Caramel Ramen Break Up


  • One pack of ramen noodles - use the flavoring spices for something else
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ Cup broken nuts - raw peanuts, almonds, pecans, or English walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • Preheat the over to 300 degrees F.
  • Mix the butter, brown sugar and honey and heat over medium heat until bubbles begin to appear, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Break up a pack of ramen noodles and mix into the caramel sauce. Mix to coat.
  • Spray a baking sheet very well with cooking spray.
  • Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and place in oven for 4 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and set the pan into the refrigerator or freezer to cool and set.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you! I hope you like the recipes once you've made them.

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      bri36 6 years ago

      These are some great recipes here I epically liked the peppered pork bowl. I haven't tried this yet but it is next on the list. Thanks for writing a great hub Yes I voted^

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      And the single serving sizes are great for using leftover items and small of amounts of vegetables and other things at home!

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      jim10 9 years ago from ma

      These recipes sound great. These would really add some quality to the plain old Ramen noodles.

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      MimiGee 9 years ago from Cape Town

      Yum! these are the perfect meals for me, i love noodles and can't wait to try out the recipes!


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      Nicole A. Winter 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Wow, I never would have thought of trying to make a dessert with ramen noodles, that sounds awesome!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      If you don't eat the flavoring packets very often, there may not be a major cause for concern, unless you are allergic. But I use only about half a packet anyway. You can always toss the packet and use your own seasons as well. Cottonseed oil does begin to sound sound dangerous, though.

      Yuo can get ramen noodles without seasonings, in a bag about 2-4 times the size of one pre-packaged block - at the Asian markets. 

      I appreciate everyone's visits here - Thanks!

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      Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

      I really like ramen noodles-- and they cook so quickly. I am a little reluctant to use them though now, because they have have so many questionable ingredients like preservatives, palm oil, cottonseed oil (which can be sprayed with lots of chemicals because "cotton is not a food") I definately toss out the seasoning packets with the MSG and hydroginated ingredients.

      I really wish there was something else that could be subsitituted-- ,maybe some other Asian style noodles-- but I haven't looked at their ingredient lists.

      For the most part, your recipes sound really tasty .

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      Pam Pounds 9 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

      Hi Patty - I loved ramen noodles when I was younger, but became concerned with the high sodium in the flavor packets. Any thought as to the sodium content in your recipes? Is the sodium diluted by adding the additional ingredients?

      I would love to use them again - they are such a great buy!

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      Pete Michner 9 years ago from Virginia

      Mmm, these all sound great! My wife's from the Philippines and we frequently have pancit, which is kind of like ramen. Thanks for the great hub!