Kicking Ramen Up a Notch

For as much diversity that exists on a college campus, the diet of a typical college student is almost indistinguishable across all universities. A student is usually stocked with the superpowers of college dorm food: ramen, mac n’ cheese, cereal, and peanut butter. As well as, almost all students on a meal plan suffer through a year of binging off college dining hall food. After two weeks of the same, bland eating routine, your taste buds grow increasingly resentful for what you are putting them through.

While ramen noodles are the bread staple of a college student’s diet, in part because of their simplicity and economical advantages, the same seasonings can become a little redundant and overused. These noodles may appear to be far from upscale dining, but the modesty of this dish is of no concern to those with more important matters-busy schedules, mountains of homework, plans with friends, and the obligations to take advantage of the block of free time, that is strategically carved out of your day, to watch Netflix.

However, my fellow collegiate, no matter how busy you get, do not give up on this age-old tradition; rather, give this quintessential college staple a mini face lift. How can you do this? See the recipes below.

Ramen n’ Cheese

This is the new, and improved, way of eating Ramen!

What You’ll Need:mac and cheese

  • Ramen
  • 8 ounces of cheddar cheese           (Or whatever cheese                    you deem superior)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • Microwave safe bowls 

Directions:

  1. Follow the directions of the ramen noodles. Do not add the seasonings.
  2. Melt cheese in microwave safe bowl. Then, add milk to melted cheese.
  3. Combine cheese and noodles together. Overall, the outcome should be a creamy and cheesy consistency.
  4. Enjoy!

*Another Suggestion: Broccoli Cheddar Ramen soup

Ramen Pizza

If you are fortunate enough to be living in an apartment, this recipe is going to be an instant (no pun intended) party hit! You won’t even know that it is made with ramen. I mean, how can this not be good? It’s basically pizza, so yep, this is really good.

What You’ll Need:pizza

  • Instant ramen package
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni

Directions:

  1. Split instant ramen in half
  2. Dunk one side of the ramen into the pizza sauce. Soak for about 30 seconds
  3. Take out ramen slice and put on a baking sheet
  4. Coat with cheese (as much, or as little, as you like)
  5. Top with pepperoni (or whatever topping you prefer)
  6. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees. When the cheese is golden, it’s ready!

*Another Suggestion: Ramen Burger. This is probably one of the most ingenious ideas I have come across. It may seem like an odd combination, but trust me, this will be the holy grail of parties, hang outs, or night-ins.

Gone are the days of sneaking into club meetings (ones that you aren’t even a member of) to find real food. These ramen recipes are sure to do the trick!

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