Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rich Man's Ramen (on a poor man's budget)

With two full time students, one full time job, a four-year-old, two rotund cats, and miscellaneous expenses, food is the first thing to be compromised. We defy that logic and present to you Rich Man's Ramen. 

- 4 packs of Maruchan Hot and spicy chicken ramen
- 9 oz beef smoked sausage, chopped (or 4 beef hotdogs)
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 red anaheim pepper
- 1/2 green bell bepper, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tsp fresh chopped garlic
- Canola oil
- McCormic Mesquite Seasoning
- Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning
- Crushed red pepper

- Large skillet
- Large pot
- Collander
- Tongs, spatula/wooden spoon

1.  Heat skillet halfway between medium and medium-high
2.  Generously coat large skillet with canola oil, add garlic.
3. Add peppers and onions to skillet.
4.  Add 1/2 tsp of mesquite seasoning and 1/2 tsp southwest chipotle seasoning to skillet
5.  Open ramen packages and add flavor sachets to 2/3 pot of water DO NOT ADD NOODLES YET.
6.  Bring water to boil on high heat.
7.  While waiting for water to boil, stir skillet with peppers, onion, and seasoning. continue stirring on occasion.
8. Once water begins to boil in pot, add ramen noodles.
9.  Add sausage (or hot dogs) to skillet.
10. Cook noodles until desired tenderness, then transfer to collander to drain.
11. Stir skillet, mixing seasoning, meat, and vegetables.
12. Once noodles have drained, transfer noodles from collander to skillet.
13. Increase heat on skillet to medium-high and fry noodles with meat, seasoning, and vegetables. STIR SKILLET CONTINUOUSLY.
14. Add oil to keep noodles from sticking together. 
15. If desired, add an additional 1/2 tsp of mesquite seasoning and 1/2 tsp of southwest chipotle seasoning for more intense flavor.
16. Remove skillet from heat, stir and serve.

So there you have it. No longer must you suffer from cardboard tasting food just because you are on a budget.


  1. I realize I'm about three years late... but this is a great recipe. I love regular ramen, but this is the only "upgraded" version I've liked so far. Not too complicated and really tasty. Thanks!

    1. Hi Aleasa, I'm glad you liked it. Don't worry about being 3 years late - I haven't been nearly as active on my site as I wanted to.