We'd like to just come right out and say it: we love packaged ramen noodles. Are they full of preservatives? Oh, definitely. Do they contain an entire week's worth of your recommended sodium intake? Absolutely. Are they delicious? You know it.
These marvels of modern food science, invented by Momofuku Ando, are incredibly versatile for all kinds of other dishes beyond noodle soups. Because packaged ramen noodles cook in basically the blink of an eye, they're a great choice for lightning speed noodle dishes like Cacio e Pepe. They also fry and bake beautifully, turning themselves into an instant crunchy snack. They can even be crumbled into salads without cooking for a little extra crunch. But food nerds rarely stop at convenience and simplicity -- we've made everything from pizza crust to burger buns out of ramen noodles. How about ramen nachos? Ramen chocolate bars? We hope you find some inspiration in the recipes below, and do let us know your favorite ramen recipes in the comments.