This Cheesy Ramen Noodles recipe is a creamy and satisfying classic Korean comfort food. Plain top ramen can get boring and this recipe is a great way to add a cheesy soul to a popular snack food. This recipe is kosher, dairy, and soy-free.
Why This Recipe Works
- Easy to make. This is a one pot recipe. Open a packet of ramen noodles or a package of instant noodle soup and you are almost done. Add some cheese, butter, milk, and black pepper and you have just made Cheesy Ramen Noodles.
- Ready in less than 10 minutes. This recipe requires a little bit more effort than standard top ramen preparation. You have to get the milk warmed with the butter and cheese. Once that is done, you are good to go.
- Easy to store. If you want to make this easy weekday dinner in advance you can do that too. Place the finished Cheesy Ramen into an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- A fast school lunch. School lunches are always tough and this recipe makes a nice satisfying main dish. Just put the cooled ramen noodles into an airtight plastic bag and pack into a brown bag lunch. Don't forget to include a fork.
- No special equipment needed. Just a pot for heating the butter, milk and cheese.
How to make this recipe step by step
Step 1 - Make the ramen noodles
Place the brick of ramen noodles into a pan with the butter. Pour in the milk and the spices and heat on medium until the butter is melted and the milk starts to bubble. This should take 1-2 minutes.
Step 2 - add the cheese
Turn the heat down to low and add in the cheese and stir until it is melted. Remove from the heat and cool for 2-3 minutes before serving.
We Love Ramen Noodles
Recipes like our Easy Creamy Mushroom Pasta use conventional dried pasta as the starch but this one is different. Ramen noodles have a completely different texture than spaghetti or fettuccini. They are more compact and keep their shape when cooked. The cheesy sauce gets trapped inside the clumps of textured noodles and every bite is a fun taste adventure.
Traditionally, ramen are Chinese style wheat noodles that are eaten all over Japan as a meal. In the United States, we are more used to ramen being a snack food consisting of dried and prepackaged noodles that comes in brick along with seasoning for flavor.
For this recipe post we used grated cheddar cheese but you can also use mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or gouda. Feel free to experiment with your own cheese blends as well.
Pro Recipe Tips
Do not overcook
Do not overcook ramen noodles. Ramen are a little tougher than traditional dried Italian pasta but they will still break down if overcooked. There is nothing worse than overcooked Cheesy Ramen Noodles...nothing worse!
Scaling the recipe for more people
This recipe is for a single serving (or two if you have small children) but it is so tasty that everyone is going to want to dig in. To scale the recipe up just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings.
Cheesy Ramen Noodles can be eaten as a main dish but are more commonly served as a side. Here are some fun ways to alter the recipe.
- Alfredo Ramen - instead of the butter, milk, and cheese, substitute our recipe for Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce.
- Broccoli Cheddar Ramen - add ¼ cup of chopped broccoli to the milk and butter.
- Spicy Cheesy Ramen - squirt some sriracha sauce over the top before serving.
- Cheesy Crab Ramen - dice up some kosher fake crab (kani) and stir it into the butter and milk mixture.
Cheesy Ramen Noodles
- 1 package of ramen noodles leave the spice packet out
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup grated cheese
- 2 tablespoon butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Add the ramen noodles, milk, butter, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder into a pot or pan.
- Cook over medium heat until milk starts to bubble.
- Lower heat to low and stir in grated cheese.
- Cool for 2-3 minutes before serving