Cheesy Ramen (10 Minutes!)

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This Cheesy Ramen is delectable and ready in 10 minutes. It is an easy, cheesy comfort meal or side dish you will love!

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Why Make This Cheesy Ramen

Whether you’re trying to save on money on instant noodles or a culinary enthusiast exploring gourmet versions, there’s something about a warm, steaming bowl of ramen that satisfies the soul. But have you ever considered taking your ramen experience to the next level by adding a delightful twist? Say hello to cheesy ramen – a fusion of rich, creamy cheese and comforting ramen noodles.

This dish is ready in 10 minutes and makes a great comfort meal or you can prepare it for a cheesy side dish. We love to have my Naked Chicken Tenders with this as a side to complete the meal!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients needed to make this recipe on a counter in bowls.

Ramen Noodles. You can use the individual ramen packets or the ramen noodles that come in bulk. I use Chicken flavored, please use what you prefer, we will be using one flavor packet of the ramen.

Milk. Use whole milk, 2% or 1%. All three will work great for this recipe.

Cheddar. I use cheddar cheese for this recipe.

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card below. 

Recipe Variations

Ramen. Use chicken or beef ramen.

Milk. Use any milk of choice. Unsweetened plant based milks will also work.

Cheese. I prefer cheddar but you can also use Monterey jack or pepper jack they all melt well!

Steps To Make This Recipe

Stainless Steel pot with melted cheese sauce in it and whisk.

Step One. Start the water for the ramen, cook according to the package adding the extra water as need per package. Keep one flavor packet to the side.

Step Two. Once the ramen noodles are al dente, keep one cup of pasta water to the side, drain the rest of the water. Set the noodles aside.

Step Three. In the same pot the pasta was boiled in, place on low heat on the stove. Add the butter and gently melt it, add in the milk and shredded cheese. Next, add in the garlic powder and the ramen flavor packet. Keeping the heat on low, continuously stir the mix until it’s smooth.

Step Four. Add the cooked ramen noodles to the cheesy mix, gently fold the noodles in to ensure even covering. If you need to thin the sauce at all, use the reserved pasta water. Serve the ramen warm and garnish with the green onions and Parmesan.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze these for up to 2 months.   

Recipe FAQs

Is this dish healthy?

This is not the healthiest dish, I encourage you to use this as a side dish to your favorite chicken or bbq meal! You can make it healthier by skipping the Parmesan and using reduced fat cheese and low fat milk.

Can I add a protein with this meal?

Yes, this meal goes great with grilled chicken or chicken tenders. You can also serve as a side dish to steak or any grilled protein.

Recipe Tips.

Don’t overcook the ramen noodles. If you overcook them they can become mushy. Be sure to cook to al dente and handle with care.

Keep some pasta water! Don’t forget to keep some pasta water to the side to help blend the cheesy sauce into the noodles.

Recipe Pairings

This dish is best served as a side dish. You can enjoy them with my Blackened Steak, Boneless Chicken Wings or with a nice salad like my Lemon Kale Caesar.

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Other Side Dishes To Enjoy

Grey ceramic bowl with cheesy ramen noodles garnished in green onions.
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Easy Cheesy Ramen

This Cheesy Ramen is delectable and ready in 10 minutes. It is an easy, cheesy comfort meal or side dish you will love! 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 3

Equipment

  • medium/large boiling pot

Ingredients 

  • 3 packets instant ramen noodles , *chicken or beef
  • 1 packet of ramen flavoring
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • ¾ cup 2% milk , *see notes
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp butter
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese, *see notes use more for topping if needed!
  • 1 Tbsp grated parmesan
  • 3 Tbsp green onions, chopped

Instructions 

  • Start the water for the ramen, cook according to the package adding the extra water as need per package. Keep one flavor packet to the side. 
  • Once the ramen noodles are al dente, keep one cup of pasta water to the side, drain the rest of the water. Set the noodles aside. 
  • In the same pot the pasta was boiled in, place on low heat on the stove. Add the butter and gently melt it, add in the milk and shredded cheese. Next, add in the garlic powder and the ramen flavor packet. Keeping the heat on low, continuously stir the mix until it's smooth. 
  • Add the cooked ramen noodles to the cheesy mix, gently fold the noodles in to ensure even covering. If you need to thin the sauce at all, use the reserved pasta water. Serve the ramen warm and garnish with the green onions and parmesan. 

Notes

*save 1 cup of pasta water to thin the sauce!
*any milk of choice will work, to make it less calorie use skim milk.
*monterey or pepper jack will also work great!  
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze these for up to 2 months.   

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 339IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Calories: 175
Keyword: 30 minute, Side Dish
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love ramen and this recipe hit the spot. It was so easy to make and I ended up having all of the ingredients in my fridge and pantry. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Yummy I didn’t even use cheddar cheese I used just queso cheese still amazing

  3. 5 stars
    Super great! Very decadent and was ready quickly. Never thought to combine ramen and cheese.

    1. So happy to hear this. Thanks so much for making it.