Dirt Cheap Dinners: Ramen Noodles with Egg

October 22, 2013

Lately my husband and I have been on the tightest budget we’ve ever experienced. It’s the kind of budget that doesn’t exactly leave wiggle room for unnecessary groceries, so we’ve had to get a little (er, really) creative with our dinners. Which can sometimes be fun, and other times it feels like a chore. I pull out this little gem on nights when I simply cannot be bothered with being creative, but still want something warm, filling and comforting.

This is a great base for using all kinds of leftovers, too. We usually have plenty of frozen veggies, and we’ll sometimes throw in fresh ones that we have on hand. Also, you wouldn’t have to cook the egg in the ramen – if you would rather fry it and place it on top, that would work too. And sometimes we just stir the egg into the whole thing so the broth becomes slightly creamy, which is what we did in the pictures you see here.

Ramen Noodles with Veggies and Egg     { serves 2-3 }

2 packages ramen noodles
1/2 cup carrots, sliced into small pieces
1/2 cup sweet peas
1/2 cup edamame
2 eggs

In a medium sauce pan, bring 3-4 cups of water to a rolling boil. If you prefer a thicker soup, use less water, if you prefer brothy soup, you can use more. Add ramen noodles and submerge them until they begin to soften. Add veggies and boil for 2 minutes or so. This is the time to add the flavor packet if you would like. We usually only use one packet, or you can easily create your own seasoning using salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, sesame oil, and a little soy sauce. Once flavoring is added, you can gently crack the eggs into the top of the ramen. Make sure the water is still boiling slightly. I usually create a little nest of noodles for the egg to rest in while cooking…sometimes this works, and sometimes the egg falls to the bottom anyway. If the egg falls to the bottom, feel free to stir vigorously and break up the egg. It’s good either way 🙂 Place the lid on the pan for a few minutes to help the egg cook, and once it is finished (usually when the whites are solid white, and the yolk is still half runny), remove from heat and place in bowls. Top with scallions and hot sauce if you like! Enjoy your dirt cheap dinner!

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