This simple and delicious cheesy ramen recipe can transform your favorite pack of instant ramen noodles into a quick, cheesy, and easy meal. All you need is a package of ramen noodles, a handful of simple ingredients, and 10 minutes to make it!
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The Best Cheesy Ramen Recipe
Ramen noodles are the ultimate pantry staple for when you're too busy or too tired to cook. I'm not going to lie, that describes me more than I'd like to admit!
Anyway, if that sounds good to you, this cheesy ramen noodles recipe is a hack you absolutely have to try! It's basically instant noodles topped with creamy, melty cheese, garlic powder, and butter for an addictive yet simple meal.
You can use plain ramen noodles - as I did - or use this recipe to dress up practically any flavor of ramen you have. Also, just so you know, this hack pairs amazingly well with spicy noodles, like the famous Korean fire noodles (a.k.a. buldak noodles), and you can also add it to ramen noodles with broth.
Yup, it's that versatile!
Plus, you can adapt it with whatever you have available. I like adding vegetables or cooked shredded chicken to mine. It's like the perfect leftover add-in recipe!
By the way, before we get into things, if you love ramen, you'll definitely want to give our take on Kylie Jenner's ramen noodle recipe a try too. And you can also make our spicy ramen recipe if you want a little heat.
- Instant ramen noodles- just one pack for the perfect serving. You can use or skip the seasoning packets.
- Water- to hydrate the noodles.
- Garlic powder- for the delicious savory flavor.
- Butter- to add all of that creaminess.
- Mozzarella cheese- for more creaminess and a whole lot of cheeseiness. You can also use another shredded cheese if you want.
- Green onion- for an optional garnish. I'll sometimes also add a bit of grated parmesan cheese, toasted sesame seeds, ground black pepper, cream cheese, or even a fried egg.
How To Make Cheesy Ramen with Instant Noodles
Step 1: Cook the noodles. First, take out the noodles and cook them according to the package instructions. This is typically just as simple as boiling some water in a pot and adding the noodles to it for a few minutes. Other noodles can be cooked in a bowl using the microwave. It just depends on what package of ramen you're working with.
Step 2: Add the flavor. Next, transfer the cooked noodles to a skillet or pot and remove it from the heat. Then, add the seasoning packet - if you're using it - along with the garlic powder, butter, and mozzarella cheese. Mix all of these ingredients together with the noodles with a wooden spoon until well combined and the cheese melts.
Step 3: Serve. Finally, serve warm in a bowl with any toppings that you want and dig in. Enjoy!
How To Store and Reheat Leftovers
Since this is a single-serve recipe, I never have any leftovers. In fact, I usually make a double batch. However, if you end up with leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for about 5 days. To keep for longer, transfer to a freezer-safe bag and freeze for about a month.
I like to put the leftovers back in a pot with a splash of milk and some more cheese and warm them over low heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes. For a quicker method, you can microwave the noodles with some milk in 30-second increments till warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I double this recipe?
Yes! If you want to make this for a family dinner, to share, or just want more for yourself, simply double the ingredients listed in this recipe and follow the same instructions.
Is cheese good with ramen?
Absolutely! Though not traditional, cheese is a delicious addition to ramen. The best cheese varieties to pair with ramen are ones that melt well, like shredded mozzarella, cheddar cheese, or Monterey Jack cheese.
How do you melt cheese in ramen?
You can just add the cheese right to the pot you cooked the noodles in. The heat from the noodles after cooking is usually enough to melt cheese if you shred it before adding it to the noodles. If it isn't, you can add everything to a pan set to low heat to help the cheese melt faster.
What is Kylie Jenner ramen?
Kylie Jenner ramen is a ramen recipe made from a package of instant noodles, some garlic powder, butter, and a beaten egg. If you want to make it yourself for another delicious ramen meal, we've already made it for the blog. Check it out here. By the way, if you want to give another ramen recipe a try that's just like this one, you have to make this creamy ramen!
More Easy Recipes To Make Next
However, these recipes also go great with this ramen as well:
- Bang bang shrimp
- Honey sesame chicken
- Panda Express Beijing beef
- Panda Express black pepper angus steak
- Panda Express grilled teriyaki chicken
- Cook the noodles in the package or in a pot adding boiling water and closing it up (or as instructed on the package).
- Transfer the cooked noodles to a skillet or pot and add the garlic powder, butter, and mozzarella cheese. Mix everything until well combined.
- Serve with green onions on top or anything you want.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 468Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g