Almost every college student in America knows that Ramen noodles are one of the most simple meals around. Not only are they simple to make, but they only take about 3-5 minutes to cook. The most convenient thing about them is that they are dirt cheap so they are extremely affordable and great to have in the cupboard for an easy solution for lunch, dinner, or even a snack!!

Many online blogs offer Ramen Noodle recipes to add flavor to these otherwise plain and simple noodles that can either be chicken flavor or beef flavor. Budget101.com offers over 50 new ramen recipes to give these noodles a kick! Some of them are a little bit lighter than others, making them better for different seasons. Some of the recipes are even sweet recipes that use ramen for desserts. I know, right? Well we tried one and it was quite a surprise!

One of the recipes I tried for the girls in my appartment for dinner one night is called “Jailhouse Ramen Pizza.”

Jailhouse Ramen pizza is a spicy combination of ramen noodles, summer sausage, cheese and chili. It’s a strange meal with some interesting ingredients!

3-4 pkgs Ramen soups (spicy or beef flavor)
1 – Squeeze Cheese
1 – Can Chilli (no beans)
1 – Summer Sausage, sliced
Cornchips (1 c. crushed)
Sliced Jalepenos

While the ramen are still in the packages, crush them. Boil some water, once its boiling, add crushed noodles, crushed corn chips and seasoning packets that came in the ramen noodles. (Add water if needed, you’ll need just enough water to come just below the mix). (Remember you’re making a pizza crust with this!)

In a small saucepan heat up the contents of the chili can. Add it to the ramen mix, mixing thoroughly.

Press into 9×13 pan, creating a “dough” base. Top with tin foil and let set 5 minutes or so. Top with chili, squeeze cheese, summer sausage and jalepenos.
This recipe did not take long at all to whip up! I made it for dinner last Thursday evening and all of the girls I live with loved it. The most surprising factor was that we actually used ramen noodles to make this meal.

I substituted the jalepenos for sliced green peppers, because we are not a big fan of too many spicy foods. Also we added extra cheese than is called. I double the recipe because we had six girls eating and there was only one piece to spare when dinner time was over with. You should try this and let me know how it turned out. The ingredients can easily be substituted for other meats, vegitables, cheeses, to fit you liking. I think that depending on your specific taste, this recipe can add a world of fun to those otherwise boring ramen noodles in the cupboard.

The dessert recipe we made was also from the same blog on ramen recipes. It was called Chocolate Ramen Dessert. It was listed as a “college student special” but we were still very skeptical about trying it.

You’ll Need:
1 pkg any flavor ramen- crushed (save the seasoning for another day)
1 c. brown sugar
Chocolate syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
powdered sugar (optional)

Boil the ramen in 2 cups of hot water with 1 cup of brown sugar added to it for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and drain 98% of the water (in other words, leave a tiny bit), add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2- 1 c. of chocolate syrup (depending on your chocolate craving!) Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar & add a dollup of whipped cream.

Well, I know you are dying to know how this actually tasted, and the truth is, not that bad. It was actually quite delicious, but we were expecting the worst becaude we had no idea what to think of mixing chocolate with ramen. I highly suggest that you try the recipe for fun. Who knows, maybe you can even add to it and make a different dessert of your own. We would love to hear what you thought and how you liked this or offered suggestions on it!!

Another blog I stumbled upon is called “Hot Coupon World” this blog offers many coupon opportunities for almost anything! I found some coupons for ramen noodles here that you are welcome to use to make your cheap and easy meal even more enjoyable, by knowing that you in fact paid less! Goodluck!

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