Quick Ramen Noodle Dinner Idea

As a literal throw together meal, looking into the pantry trying to decide what was for dinner, had me wishing I had planned the week better. Our oldest, Samuel, headed down to Chicago for a mission trip with our church’s youth group for a week. This momma was NOT having much luck planning and getting past the thought of her oldest being away for a whole week for the first time. Truly, the week was a literal flop in addition to being after the 4th of July. So out busted this momma making a homemade delicious Quick Ramen Noodle Dinner for the family.

all the ingredients for quick ramen noodle dinner on stove and countertop

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Published July 19, 2022
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Cost breakdown for this recipe

Come to Sunday for dinner, I was in a depressed mood, and didn’t really want to cook. The easiest thing that came to mind was ramen noodles. However, just ramen alone is not enough, and it needed to be leveled up. While looking in the fridge, we had a leftover head of broccoli and pork from the other night that was perfect to be added to the ramen. Also, a bag of blanched vegetables was pulled from the freezer and added to the ingredients.
Keep reading for the link for how to blanch vegetables!

5 packs ramen noodles, any flavor $1.30
Broccoli, 1 head $1.00
1 cup carrot/corn $1.64
Diced pork $0.00 as it was leftovers

The total cost for this meal was $3.94. Matthew, Levi, Tyler and I all had many servings, plus there was leftovers for the next day.

Typically, we do not use ramen noodles, however with it being summer vacation, the boys requested to have them around the house. These are great, not only to be in bulk, but also for a quick and easy snack when the kids want them. A twelve-pack at ALDI costs $3.19.

Maruchan Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup
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Ramen Noodle Recipe

Ingredients

5 packs ramen noodles, any flavor
Broccoli, 1 head
1/2 cup carrot, diced
1/2 cup sweet corn
Diced pork, chicken or beef

all the ingredients for quick ramen noodle dinner on stovetop

Directions

1. Firstly, bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove, 4-Quarts is perfect.

water in 6-quart pot boiling

2. Secondly, rinse broccoli in a sink colander, cut the broccoli on a cutting board and then set aside. If you are using fresh carrots or vegetables, rinse those and dice them.

3. Dice the meat you are using on a cutting board and then set aside. We had leftover pork roast that was perfect for this recipe throw-together and just enough at one pound.

diced pork roast on cutting board for quick ramen noodle dinner

4. When the water is boiling, add carrot and corn and bring to a simmer. Last year I had blanched these vegetables for easy meal throw-togethers. All the corn and carrots needed to do was boil in the water for a few minutes to thaw and warm up. Check out the blog on how to blanch vegetables by clicking the link below.

5. Add the diced broccoli to the water and cook for 2-3 more minutes. You will know when the broccoli has been fully cooked when it becomes bright green.

add broccoli and boil

6. Add the ramen pasta and any meat you are using and then cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

7. Strain out most of the water in a sink colander, add the ingredients back to the pot and then return the pot to the stove. Additionally, this can be left as a soup if the water is not fully drained.

8. Open the seasoning packs and sprinkle into the pot, stirring well.

add seasonings to Quick Ramen Noodle Dinner in pot

Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

Quick Ramen Noodle Dinner idea on a white bowl with chopsticks

Recipe for a Quick Ramen Noodle Dinner

Ingredients for a Quick Ramen Noodle Dinner

5 packs ramen noodles, any flavor
Broccoli, 1 head
1/2 cup carrot, diced
1/2 cup sweet corn
Diced pork, chicken or beef if desired

Directions for a Quick Ramen Noodle Dinner

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove, 4-Quarts is perfect.
2. Rinse broccoli and then cut the broccoli and then set aside.
3. Dice the meat you are using on a cutting board and then set aside.
4. When the water is boiling, add carrot and corn and bring to a simmer.
5. Add broccoli to the water and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
6. Add the ramen pasta and any meat you are using and then cook for 3 minutes.
7. Strain out most of the water in a sink colander and then return the pot to the stove.
8. Open the seasoning packs and sprinkle into the pot, stirring well.
Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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