College meals get pretty boring, unless you are able to use your meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When I was essentially renting a room during my undergraduate years, I really wanted to try something new and inventive, and I was craving macaroni and cheese, but had none on hand. I, of course, had a hoard of Ramen noodles, but I wanted to switch it up. After a lot of googling and YouTubing, I eventually found a way to make Ramen Mac and Cheese! While many might find this weird and gross, it looked really cheesy so I had to try!
Some recipes for this hack include adding milk with the cheese, but I have found that just adding the cheese to the noodles with water works fine also. Also, not all college students living in dorms have milk or butter on hand 24/7, so this is a true “this is what I have on hand” kind of a meal. *If you do choose to use milk, you may drain all water from noodles, add about 1/4 cup to the noodles, stir, and then add the cheese to combine and fold.
Adding the seasoning is also optional. When I tried this in college, I would add the flavor, as I felt it added a little somethin’ to it. I would suggest using the chicken flavor if you wish to do this!
1 pkg Maruchan Ramen noodles
2-4 Cheese slices, depending on how cheesy you want it! (3-4 oz shredded works, too!)
1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to boil.
2. Cook Ramen noodles according to directions. (Optional to add flavor seasoning.)
3. Drain noodles, reserving about 1/2 cup of the water. Return noodles to pot.
4. Add some of the water and then cheese to the noodles. Combine by FOLDING the cheese and noodles together – do not stir to combine. Add more water as needed. Enjoy!