Totally Unhealthy Winter Comfort Food: Creamed Ramen

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Today the sky opened up and dumped at least a foot and a half of snow on New Hampshire, and it shows no signs of stopping. After unburying my car in anticipation of lightening further shoveling work, I found myself craving all kinds of junk food. My solution to this problem was a quick and dirty ramen recipe that I grew up on (with a few minor modifications).

You will need:

  • One package ramen (any flavor or brand you like*).
  • One slice of cheese. (I used 4 very thin slices off a wheel of baby muenster I got on sale).
  • 2 tsp butter/margarine (or one modestly sized pat, if you use stick butter like I do).
  • 1 tbsp mayonaise (I tend to go a little overboard on this one, modify this to taste).
  • Sunflower seeds, pepper, and other spices to taste.

How to make

  • I took the seasoning packet out of the ramen, and set the cake of ramen in a pot of water. You can break up the noodles if you prefer, but I find it’s easier if you just leave the cake whole.
  • Set the stove burner on high in order to bring the noodles up to a boil.
  • I put 2 of the slices of muenster in the bottom of the bowl I was going to use, along with the butter and set it aside. If you’re using a larger slice of cheese, I recommend breaking up half of it to put in the bowl.
  • When the water was near boiling, I put the bowl with cheese and butter into the microwave for 15 seconds. This is just enough to melt the butter and soften the cheese. Adjust per your microwave. The goal here is not to totally melt the cheese, just soften it up. Otherwise it will be very hard to stir it all together later.
  • Dump about half the seasoning packet into the bottom of your bowl of softened butter and cheese. This helps distribute the packet evenly through the noodles later.
  • When the water comes to a boil, turn off the burner and let it sit for a second (electric), or let it boil for about a minute (gas). The noodle cake should be loose and soft, but not totally falling apart. (See why I recommended not breaking it up?)
  • Drain the noodles completely. (It’s not necessary to rinse.) Then dump them into the bowl.
  • Add in the rest of your cheese and seasoning, and the mayonaise and stir it all together. The end result should be a fairly uniform color. If you see darker spots or really light spots, keep going. Change directions in stirring so you don’t end up with a big noodle knot climbing half way up your fork or chopsticks.
  • Sprinkle with sunflower seeds (the crunch is yum!), pepper, and any other additional flavors you desire. I put a little cayenne pepper on the top of mine for some kick. You could also make it more fancy by adding green onion, mushrooms, or some meat.

That’s it! It’s a terrific mid-afternoon snack, albeit with little to no nutritional value. Still, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than driving out for dollar menu items, and it’s a perfect for when your New Year’s Resolutions have you starving for fat and starch and salt.


*For the record, I prefer Maruchan, and I used the roast beef flavor.

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