As a college student, you’re constantly challenged to find cheap but satisfying ways to feed yourself. You can’t eat every meal on campus, and when you’re in the mood to cook for yourself, you’re probably going to turn to the poor college student’s favorite ingredient: ramen. Here are 100 awesome ways you can use ramen — in desserts, breakfast foods, hangover dishes, snacks, party foods and more.
Vegetarians will enjoy these recipes that use mushrooms, mixed veggies, soy sauce, tofu, cheese and tomato sauce as toppers.
- Chinese Style Ramen with Veggies: This simple recipe uses oriental ramen noodles, water, soy sauce and mixed veggies.
- Imperial Veggie Ramen: This healthy meal includes scallions, bamboo shoots, green peppers, Shiitake mushrooms, kelp, and egg.
- Spaghetti Marinara Ramen: Use any flavor ramen noodles and top with spaghetti sauce.
- Grilled Ramen: Treat your block of ramen like a piece of meat when you use this recipe.
- Creamy Veggies and Ramen: Add cream of celery soup, milk, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots to ramen and water.
- Ultra Cheese Ramen Noodles: If you’re in the mood for something really cheesy, make this recipe.
- 3 Bean Ramen Salad: You’ll use green, kidney and lima beans for this recipe.
- Spicy Ramen Explosion: Add cilantro, chili ramen, garlic powder and cayenne for a spicy snack.
- Vegan Ramen and Rotel: Add nutritional yeast and Rotel to your ramen.
- Parmesan Ramen: Top any flavor of ramen noodles with parmesan cheese.
- Vegetarian Ramen Recipe: Use vegetable stock, tofu puffs, ginger, mushrooms and other veggies.
- Vegetarian Pad Thai Ramen: Use tofu to make this pad thai recipe vegetarian.
- Quick Flavored Ramen Recipe: This incredibly easy ramen recipe uses olive oil, water, soy sauce, garlic salt and seasoning salt.
- Ramen with Stir-Fried Spinach: You’ll also use ginger, garlic and sesame seeds in the stir-fry.
- Ramen Noodle Alfredo: You’ll add margarine, light cream, seasoning and parmesan cheese to ramen noodles.
Beef and Chicken
From stir fries to fancy French dishes, these ramen recipes use beef and chicken.
- Tex Mex ramen: Use ground beef, diced tomato, chopped onion and shredded cheese with your ramen.
- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen: Make a whole stir fry dinner with green onions, crushed red pepper and broccoli.
- Lo Mein Ramen: You can make lo mein with ramen noodles for an easy meal.
- Chicken Hollandaise Ramen: Turn a classy French recipe into a budget dinner with ramen.
- Ramen beef pie: This ramen recipe is a twist on shepherd’s pie.
- Sweet and Spicy Coke Ramen: Use Texas beef, 1/2 can of coke, salted peanuts and beef jerky.
- Agbasp Approved Ramen: Use pork ramen, diced steak, shredded cheddar and diced hot dogs to make this recipe.
- Caesar chicken: Make a caesar salad with bacon and ramen instead of lettuce.
- Creamy Chicken Ramen with Mushrooms: This simple recipe asks you to add cream of chicken soup and canned mushrooms.
- Chinese Beef and Pea Pod Ramen: Add ginger to this Asian beef dish.
- Chicken parmesan: You can make this favorite restaurant dish with a package of ramen on the cheap.
- Hamburger ramen: Top beef ramen noodles with ground beef.
- Taco Ramen Salad: Make a yummy taco salad with ground beef, tomato, onion and cheddar cheese.
- Lime and Pepper Beef Noodles: Add lime juice, red pepper flakes and black pepper to beef ramen.
- Chicken Diablo: Impress dinner guests with chicken diablo made with ramen.
- Chinese Doodles: Add Grand’s flaky biscuits to this recipe for a fulfilling meal.
- Chicken and Bacon Ramen: Add mixed veggies and soy sauce to this combo.
- Asian Beef and Ramen Noodles: Add snow pea pods, red bell pepper, garlic, onion, broccoli and carrots.
- Japanese chili beef: Use flank steak for this yummy recipe.
- Crazy Hunan Ramen Nuggets: Make your own Asian chicken nuggets and ramen here.
When you’ve got a little extra to spend, try making these seafood ramen recipes to impress your roommates or a date.
- Shrimp Scampi with Asparagus: You’ll use garlic pepper, frozen shrimp and sour cream in this recipe.
- Vietnamese Crab Soup Ramen: Treat yourself to a special crab soup with this recipe.
- Tom Sam Ramen: Use a small can of salmon, chopped tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and oregano for Tom Sam Ramen.
- Smoked Mussel Ramen: Use canned smoked mussels in oil for a shortcut.
- Scallop and Ramen Stir Fry: For a fancier meal, use scallops, asparagus and bell pepper in your stir fry.
- Miso Mackerel Ramen: This traditional recipe uses mackerel.
- Kimchi Garlic Shrimp Ramen: This simple shrimp recipe requires you to sauté the shrimp.
- Shrimp and Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry: Add shrimp to your stir-fry if you don’t eat beef or chicken.
- Ramen Shrimp Pouch: Add dried mushrooms, raw shrimp, scallions and seasoning.
- Sesame Shrimp Ramen: This recipe makes a big bowl of sesame shrimp and veggies.
- Quick Shrimp Ramen: If you want shrimp, make this quick and easy recipe.
- Chilled Crab and Shrimp Ramen Salad with Chukka-Soba Dressing: When you want to make a fancier dish, try this seafood and ramen salad.
- Fried Lemon Shrimp and Ramen with Veggies: Use celery, tomatoes and red or green bell pepper for this recipe.
- Zesty Ramen Tuna: Add Zesty Italian dressing and Old Bay Seasoning for extra taste.
- Tuna Ramen Surprise: This recipe is also great for camping.
When you’re hungry between meals, try making ramen trail mix, ramen tacos, or ramen snacks modeled after Girl Scout treats.
- Trail mix: Mixed with dried fruit and almonds.
- After-School Ramen Snack: Mix your ramen with hot sauce, shredded cheese, and tomato soup.
- Manwich: Use Texas beef ramen, French dressing, mayo, egg yolks, hot sauce, bologna and bread for a mega sandwich.
- Hella Broke Ramen Tacos: These easy-to-make tacos are also super cheap.
- Ramen and ice cream: When you’re feeling adventurous, try topping fried ramen over your ice cream.
- Ramen snack mix: Use Worcestershire sauce to spice up Chex cereal, peanuts and pretzels.
- Girl Scout Thin Mint Ramen on a Stick: This recipe is also called Ramen Cookie Bouquet.
- Simple Caramel Ramen: Use butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to make this snack.
Parties and Holidays
Ramen is a great party food, too, and these recipes prove it. Pair ramen with Doritos, pumpkin, ham and eggs or sausage for the next tailgate or holiday party.
- Ramen with Beef on Mini Pumpkin: Halve a mini pumpkin and layer ramen and beef, plus chives and other seasonings.
- Ham ramen frittata: Use beaten eggs, melted butter, scallions, deli ham and 3 packages of ramen for this recipe.
- Chili: You can pour a heated can of chili over boiled ramen for an easy party dish.
- Doritos Ramen Salad: This party platter utilizes two college student staples: Doritos and ramen.
- Pasta Ramen Salad: Bring this pasta salad to a party or mixer.
- Ramen and salsa: This low maintenance snack just requires you to break off a chunk of ramen and dip it into salsa.
- World Series Ramen: Make baseball-themed ramen with smoked sausage, sauerkraut, chopped onions and green peppers, and relish.
- Jail break ramen: This recipe includes salsa, pepperoni or ham, pickle relish and mustard.
- Jailhouse Ramen Pizza: Add corn chips, jalapenos, canned chili, ramen soups and summer sausage to make a pizza.
- Post Thanksgiving Fried Ramen: Use leftover stuffing and turkey that your mom sends back to school with you for this recipe.
Soup and Salad
Make simple dishes heartier when you use ramen for soup and salads.
- Boiled Ramen Noodle Salads: This is a recipe for cabbage salad using boiled Ramen.
- Antipasto Ramen Salad: This salad features pepperoni, black olives, Bermuda onion and Italian dressing.
- Chicken Oriental Ramen Salad: Use shredded chicken breast for this salad.
- Uncooked Ramen Noodle Salads: For this salad, add broccoli, shredded lettuce, grated carrots, green onions, almonds and uncooked ramen.
- Asian Noodle Salad with Ramen: You’ll use two types of cabbage for this salad.
- Ramen vegetable soup: Make a cup of hot ramen soup with carrots, turnips, celery, garlic, and onions.
- Summer Ramen Salad: This is a refreshing salad made with alfalfa sprouts, peas and French dressing.
- Sopa Mexicana de Ramen: Add taco seasoning and chicken broth to make this Mexican-style soup.
- Zucchini Ramen Salad: You’ll use basil, oregano, vinegar, olives, carrots, zucchini and ramen for this salad.
- Greek Ramen Salad: Make your Greek salad with ramen to turn it into a whole meal.
- Fried Ramen Noodle Salads: You’ll use bok choy ramen with fried ramen noodles, almonds, green onions and your own dressing.
From ham and cheese ramen to fried ramen and eggs, these comfort food recipes will keep you happy and warm during exam season.
- Ham and Cheese Ramen: For a study break, make ham and cheese ramen.
- Divorced and Homeless Ramen: Make this crazy recipe when you’re in the middle of finals. Includes chili-flavor ramen and creamy peanut butter.
- Fried Ramen and Eggs: Add ramen to your normal fried eggs recipe.
- Chili Ramen: You can use ground beef or turkey to make this chili recipe with ramen.
- Tomato Ramen Soup: Make this tomato ramen soup recipe whenever you need a pick-me-up.
- Cheesy Ranch Ramen: Use 1 cup of ranch dressing, shredded cheese, plus seasonings.
- Pesto ramen: Mix boiled ramen with your favorite pesto sauce for something different.
- Ramen Goulash: Tara from the University of Hawaii recommended this hearty recipe.
- Spicy Sausage Ramen Toss: Add peas and green peppers to sausage and ramen.
- Tuna casserole ramen: Use a drained can of tuna, cream of mushroom soup and crushed chips with your ramen.
- Instant Stir-Fry Ramen: This is one of the classic ways to make ramen.
- Fat Kid’s Ramen: All you need is tomato sauce, garlic salt, lemon pepper and 2 hot dogs, plus ramen.
Here you’ll find more ways to use ramen, in desserts, breakfast foods and more.
- Breakfast soup: Cook an egg with boiling ramen for breakfast soup.
- Chocolate ramen: This rich dessert uses brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar and whipped cream.
- Chocolate ramen cakes: Make a decadent dessert with cupcakes, cherries, chocolate dessert fondue and ramen.
- Cajun Hang-Over Ramen: When you’ve got a miserable hangover, boil a package of Smack Hot and Spicy Ramen and throw in leftover boiled crawfish.
- Ramen with tomato and egg: This layered dish includes a block of ramen, sliced tomato, onion and egg.
- Top Ramen Breakfast Burritos: Another good hangover food is this breakfast burrito, made with ramen.
- Banana-Cocnut Ramen Pudding: Instead of baking brownies, try this dessert.
- Spam Supreme: Mix Spam and ramen for an ultra budget meal.
- Jello Ramen Noodles: This recipe might be better for a dare rather than an actual snack.