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August 20, 2013

5 Ingredient Ramen Noodle Bake

This was a recipe that caught my eye on Pinterest. 
Finding 5 ingredient recipes makes me happy, and since the title suggested a simple pasta casserole, I knew I would give it a try. 

Ramen Noodle Bake

4 pkg Beef flavor Ramen Noodles
1 (26 oz.) bottle spaghetti sauce
1 lb. cooked ground beef 
2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
3 1/2 c. water.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
Setting aside the seasoning packets, break up the 4 packages of ramen noodles and spread them over the bottom of the dish.
Sprinkle the cooked beef over the top of the noodles.
Pour the bottle of spaghetti sauce over the top, and then sprinkle 1 of the beef seasoning packets over the top of the sauce.  Save the remaining packets for another use.
Next sprinkle 1 c. of cheese over the top, and then pour the water over everything. 
Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake 40-50 min, until the water is absorbed.
Remove the foil, sprinkle with remaining 1 c. shredded mozzarella and return to the oven for 7-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

My family ended up giving this recipe a B+ grade.  We all agreed it would be better with  cooked sausage rather than the beef, and we thought it would be lovely with Parmesan cheese baked on top.
The noodles were very soft, and not as "dense" as I thought they would be, but I did like this dish.

1 tip:  I found the dish to be a little salty for my taste because I used ground beef that I had cooked and pre-seasoned in a large batch earlier in the week.
I will not add salt to my ground beef while cooking it the next time I make this, and I will definitely add diced onions to the meat while frying it.

Recipe adapted from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

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Anonymous said...

Hi! I just stumbled on this recipe on your website, and I'm excited to try this! I'm a 22 year old college graduate, and this sounds like something easy and delicious to make! I'm thinking I might add some sauteed onions, garlic, and zucchini for a little extra something.

I've only been here 5 minutes, but I already love this website. Keep up the good work!

Unknown said...

Love it. Will be making this

Unknown said...

this looks great I will definitely be making this soon thank you

Diana said...

I just made this tonight and added the onions but skipped the seasoning packet(I happened to have chicken ramen, not beef). I also opted to make it in a deep dish as layers so it was kind of like lasagna. So creamy and delicious! Got a 9/10 from the family!