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There are so many easy pasta recipes that use Ramen noodles and serve up a lot of flavor! I get bored fast with the same old flavors so I experiment with sauces for an easy and inexpensive way to eat pasta. It all started with my "Ramen" Years. You know, the years when all you can afford is Top Ramen. I created this tasty dish when I needed a change of taste! Try varying the sauce and you can make this several times a week without getting bored!

Want a sweet chocolate fix? Don't use the season packet. Fry the cooked noodles in 350 degree oil til crisp and drizzle with microwave melted canned frosting mixed with peanut butter. What? So I experimented a little in college. Who didn't?

If you want a cold pasta for pennies try this. Remove the seasoning packet from the Top Ramen and save for another dish.Cook the Ramen noodles for half of the cooking time stated on the package. Rinse under cold running water and drain well. Add just enough ranch dressing to moisten the noodles. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese over noodles and toss well. Need a little kick for your taste buds? Try two shakes of crushed red pepper flakes. If you have left over cooked chicken or turkey, cut it into small pieces and toss it into the noodles.Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve! (serves 2)

Ramen Stir-fry

1 package Top Ramen
1 cup diced chicken
1 can mixed vegetables, drained
1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce

Cook noodles according to package direction except, do not add seasoning packet, drain when done. Add chicken, Teriyaki sauce and veggies. Stir until heated through. Generously serves 2. Save the seasoning packet and make chicken salad or chicken gravy for mashed potatoes! When I want a light dinner, I toss two cups of water and 1 cup of rice into the rice cooker and stir in the Top Ramen seasoning packet. It flavors the rice perfectly! Serve with any chicken or pork dressed to suit you!

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