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8 Ways To Hack Your Ramen [Pic]

Did you know? If you”re under the age of 30 or can”t afford to live without roommates, you”re legally obligated to eat ramen all the time. There”s no avoiding it, really, after all, it”s just so damn cheap! There are ways to make the college food staple taste slightly less depressing, though. Try one of these recipes and your next late-night ramen sesh will be a little less, uh, sad.

Ramen Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is a delicious combo of starchy pasta, fatty bacon and drizzly egg, mixed in a enchantingly fattening alfredo sauce. Pasta, though, is slightly more expensive than ramen. So if your budget”s pretty tight (or if you”re just too lazy to drive to the store and pick up a $0.99 package of spaghetti), you can make it yourself with ramen. Boil the ramen (just the ramen – leave the flavor packet out), drain it, and add some cooked bacon, a fried egg, Parmesan cheese and pepper. It ain”t glamorous, and it definitely ain”t healthy, but it”s pretty damn good.


Tired of eating the same ol” boring cheese omelet every morning? Why not throw some ramen in it? The saltiness of the noodles goes great with cheese (the oranger, the better). Just throw the flavor packet in with a couple eggs, beat “em, boil and drain the ramen, put it on top of the eggs in a frying pan, add some cheese and VOILA! Instant weird (yet strangely delicious) breakfast!


Pho, the traditional Vietnamese soup, is meaty, tasty, and filling – everything you could possibly want on a cold day. And you don”t need to go to Vietnam (or your nearest major city) to get it, either – just crack open a ramen packet you bought at Walmart. Cook the ramen as usual, but use only half the seasoning it comes with. Then add the juice of one lime, two tablespoons of fish sauce (which you can easily buy at any Asian supermarket), a tablespoon of sugar and some red pepper flakes. Right before everything”s finished cooking, add a few thin slices of raw flank steak – don”t worry about the rawness, it”ll cook in the broth. Once it”s done, throw some bean sprouts on top of there, too. It”s pho-tastic! (Sorry, that pun doesn”t even make sense.)


Stop looking at me like that… I”m not crazy, dammit you CAN make pizza outta ramen! Here”s how you do it: In a cast iron skillet, heat up a little olive oil and add a layer of half-cooked ramen. Mush it all together, covering up the bottom of the pan. Next, add a layer of cheese (putting the cheese before the sauce prevents it from getting too soggy), a layer of sauce, another layer of cheese, and whatever toppings you want. When it”s all toppings-ed up, put it in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes. And that”s it! When pizza”s on a weird ramen-cake thing, you can have pizza anytime!


Ah, casseroles. AKA the things your mom cooked when she was too tired to care. You don”t need mom”s help to make your own lazy pan of gooey baked deliciousness. Just pour some cooked beef over a layer of boiled and drained ramen, cover in sauce and cheese, and bake it at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes. The only thing easier than making this recipe would be to just not eat at all.

Tom Kha Goong

Tom Kha Goong, a famous Thai soup, is a creamy and spicy concoction that would normally cost around $7 at your local Thai place. Ramen, however, costs way less than $7. It”s easy to make a bootleg version of Tom Kha Goong with it. First, add half a seasoning packet to two cups of coconut milk (which can be cheaply procured at your local Asian market), a little sugar, a little fish sauce and some Sriracha. Once you”ve done that, throw some boiled and drained ramen in the mix. If you really feel like going for it, add some shrimp or chicken as you boiling the ramen – they”ll cook along with it.

Mac and Cheese

Boiled and drained ramen, some Velveeta cheese mixed with a little butter and milk, and a microwave – that”s all you need to make some questionably decent mac and cheese. It ain”t classy, that”s for damn sure, but it”ll do. I”d tell you specifically how to mix the cheese and noodles, but I respect your intelligence too much to assume you can”t figure it out yourself.

Cream of Chicken Ramen Soup

Want your cream of chicken soup to pack a little more punch, flavor and substance-wise? Heat up a can of it and add the flavor pack from a chicken ramen. Put a little milk in, too. Then boil the ramen, drain it, and simmer it in the soup – if you”re feelin” fancy, you can also add steamed vegetables if you want. Look at you, Mr. Fancypants!

If all else fails just eat it like a man!

Let us know if you have any different recipes and how they tasted!

Ramen doesn”t have to be depressing. Become a Ramen Gourmet. A Gouramenet?

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    March 27, 2014 at 8:35 am
    Link: 8 Ways To Hack Your Ramen - Ramen doesn`t have to be depressing. Become a Ramen Gourmet. A Gouramenet?
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    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
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    March 27, 2014 at 10:07 am
    So, basically anything you can do with any pasta, you can do with Ramen noodles? Who knew?
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    whipplefunk Male 30-39
    927 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 10:41 am
    wouldnt it be a ...RAMLET?!? har har har
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    March 27, 2014 at 10:46 am
    I hacked my ramen. By changing a couple of memory nodes, I got it to give unlimited shrimp packets and pineapple tidbits.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    35680 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 11:28 am
    Nice ideas....but if you could afford all those ingredients you could afford food other than cheap ramen noodles.

    But the RAMLET looks delicious!

    In my poverty-ramen days you just tossed in whatever veggies or meat was in the fridge...if any. Maybe drop an egg in there while boiling.

    In college my son put mayonnaise on his.... yeah, he lacks imagination.
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    sosueme1966 Male 40-49
    439 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm
    If you can afford all of those other ingredients, you`re not eating Ramen. But, yeah, like CaptKangaroo said, Ramen is basically pasta, so why would you think you couldn`t do with it what you could do with any other pasta?

    And isn`t the term "hack" getting a little, um, hack?
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    lukeforv123 Male 18-29
    1051 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm
    I like to crush it up uncooked and toss it on some chopped iceberg lettuce with ranch. Now that is a classy salad. Sprinkle on some canned bacon bits and you my friend will be living the highlife.
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    insanmonster Male 18-29
    291 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm
    I`ve had it where you drizzle sriracha in the bottom of the bowl before you add the soup and you crack an egg into the water when you add the noodles to the boiling water
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    I freaking hate Ramen. My old roomates ate the hell out of it. I`d honestly rather go without than eat Ramen.
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    bridog6996 Male 18-29
    571 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm
    Can we please decide as a group to stop referring to tips as "hacks?"
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    March 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm
    All of these would be better without the Ramen
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    Pkletis Male 18-29
    45 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm
    Deep Fried Ramen: boil ramen brick for 1 min. open brick insert lunch meat and close brick.
    dip in egg and then coat in crumbs
    deep fry. Enjoy

    optional: cover with marinara and mozzarella
    Bake or microwave to melt cheese
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    MelCervini Female 40-49
    2036 posts
    March 27, 2014 at 11:57 pm
    ramen noodles, drain all water after cooking, slop some sour cream and the flavor packet on there.. nom :D
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    BlargBot Male 30-39
    108 posts
    March 28, 2014 at 8:05 am
    Your ideas are intriguing to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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