How to Get the Most out of Instant Ramen Noodles

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Erin McGrady

The lowly instant ramen noodle brick has sustained most of us at least once in our lives. For some, it was a staple during college; for others, it’s still a part of weekly meal rotation. But the same ol’ thing over and over can get stale fast. (And no, we’re not talking about dabbling in ramen-flavored beer.) Here’s a no-brainer recipe that only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish to help you get a little more out of your favorite easy-to-make meal. Oh, and you can go ahead and ditch that little flavor packet. You won’t be needing that here.

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Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 3 packs of instant noodles
  • 3 pieces of cooked bacon
  • 4 green onions
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms
  • ½ head of Napa cabbage
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or bacon fat
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt to taste
Set noodles in a pot.
Chop cabbage and garlic, slice green onions, and mushrooms.
Sauté vegetables in olive oil or bacon fat on medium-high heat until soft.
Boil 3 cups of water.
Pour boiling water over noodles and keep noodles submerged for 2 minutes then drain.
Add noodles to sauteed vegetables.
Stir on low heat.
Garnish with bacon crumbles.