Cheese Ramen

Cheese-Ramen

Do you need a quick and easy meal idea for a fulfilling meal on the go? We've got you covered today with this homemade cheese ramen recipe. Using just 5 ingredients, these deliciously cheesy ramen noodles can be hot and ready to eat in only 15 minutes.

So who said ramen and cheese couldn't be friends?

Recipe Video

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Why This Recipe Works

This homemade cheese ramen recipe works on so many levels that it will become one of your favorite go-to recipes.

To begin with, these cheesy ramen noodles are a quick and easy meal when you need something fulfilling on the fly. With just 5 ingredients, you can have a bowl of deliciously cheesy ramen noodles ready to eat.

Additionally, this recipe is easily adaptable so that you can make your cheese ramen to suit your personal taste preferences or dietary needs. Whether you want to replace the cheese and chicken stock with vegan alternatives or add some more spice to your seasonings for an added kick, you have the opportunity to experiment with your own version of this cheese ramen recipe.

Ingredients

Instant Ramen:

This easy cheese ramen recipe uses instant ramen noodles to save you time and effort in the kitchen. While this makes things much more convenient, you may choose to make your own ramen from scratch for a fresher flavor and texture.

To make homemade ramen noodles, start by combining 2 cups of all-purpose flour and ½ a teaspoon of salt in a large mixing bowl. Create a well in the center and add 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of water, gradually incorporating the flour until a dough forms. Knead the dough until smooth, then let it rest for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 portions and roll out each portion into a thin sheet about 1/16 to ⅛ inch thick. Cut the dough into noodles of your desired width. Cook the fresh noodles in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse the noodles under cold water to prevent further cooking. Your homemade ramen noodles are now ready to be used to create your homemade cheese ramen.

Chicken Stock:

Chicken stock is commonly used in ramen recipes for its rich flavor and depth. However, there are several substitutes for chicken stock for those looking to explore alternative options or adapt the recipe to dietary preferences. For a more robust taste, beef or pork broth can be used, adding their distinct umami notes to the dish. Vegetable broth or mushroom broth are popular choices for vegetarian or vegan versions of this delicious cheese ramen.

Garlic:

When used in a cheese ramen recipe, garlic contributes a savory, slightly sweet flavor that enhances the overall taste profile. In addition to garlic, other aromatics can be used to further enhance the complexity of the ramen broth. Ginger, onion, scallions, star anise, cinnamon, and cloves can all be used to add aromatic complexity to your ramen broth.

Cheese:

When choosing cheeses to make your homemade cheese ramen with, choose varieties that melt smoothly and complement the flavors of the dish. Common choices include mild cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, or Monterey Jack. For those seeking a more intense flavor profile, Gruyère, Fontina, or Gouda can offer nutty, slightly sweet notes that add depth to the dish. Additionally, there are several alternatives to traditional dairy cheese. Plant-based options such as vegan cheddar, mozzarella, or pepper jack cheeses made from ingredients like soy, almonds, or cashews can provide a creamy texture and cheesy flavor without the use of dairy.

Green Onions:

Green onions are commonly added as a garnish to cheese ramen for their fresh, crisp texture, visual appeal, and mild onion flavor. In addition to green onions, a variety of other garnishes can be used to enhance cheese ramen. Soft-boiled eggs, nori strips, sliced mushrooms, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, crushed red chili flakes, sesame seeds, or a drizzle of chili oil can add depth and complexity to the dish. Fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, and chives can bring the same freshness, texture, and pop of color as green onions to your homemade cheese ramen.

How to Make Cheese Ramen

Step One: 

Prepare your ramen according to the instructions on the package.

Step Two: 

Combine stock and garlic in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

Step Three: 

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer.

Step Four:

Add the cheese and stir continuously until it is melted and your sauce has reached its desired thickness.

Step Five: 

Add the cooked ramen to the saucepan and stir until incorporated.

Step Six: 

Serve with fresh chopped green onions, and enjoy!

Tips

  • Cook your ramen noodles just until they are al dente. They will continue to cook slightly in the hot broth. Overcooked noodles can become mushy and detract from the overall texture of the dish.
  • There are a variety of toppings that can enhance the texture and flavor of your cheese ramen. Consider adding soft-boiled eggs, nori strips, sliced mushrooms, or thinly sliced pork or chicken.
  • Cheese ramen is best enjoyed hot and fresh. Serve it immediately after cooking to ensure the cheese is melted and the noodles have the best texture.

What to Serve With Cheese Ramen

When serving this delicious cheese ramen, consider pairing it with complementary side dishes to create a well-rounded meal. A simple cucumber salad or a side of steamed vegetables such as broccoli or bok choy can provide a refreshing contrast to the richness of the cheese-infused broth. For added protein, consider serving grilled chicken skewers, crispy tofu bites, or marinated Korean short ribs alongside the ramen. Additionally, a side of kimchi or pickled vegetables can add a tangy and flavorful element to balance the creamy cheesiness of the ramen.

Need more ideas? Check out What to Serve With Ramen for 20 delicious side dishes.

FAQs

Can I make vegetarian or vegan cheese ramen variations?

Yes, you can easily make vegetarian or vegan cheese ramen variations by using vegetable or mushroom broth and dairy-free cheese alternatives made from ingredients like soy, almond, or cashews.

How do I prevent the cheese from clumping when adding it to the ramen?

To prevent the cheese from clumping in your homemade cheese ramen, add it gradually while stirring continuously. This helps distribute the cheese evenly throughout your easy cheese ramen and creates a smooth, creamy consistency.

How long can leftover cheese ramen be kept fresh?

Any leftover homemade cheese ramen can be kept fresh for up to 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. While it can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months, this is not recommended, as your cheesy ramen noodles will greatly deteriorate in quality, taste, and texture.

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Cheese-Ramen

Cheese Ramen

This quick and easy cheese ramen is a deliciously simple meal when you need something flavorful, fulfilling, and fast. Ready in just 15 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese ramen, cheese ramen recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 package instant ramen noodles
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 cup cheese shredded
  • 1 green onion chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare your ramen according to the instructions on the package.
  • Combine stock and garlic in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer.
  • Add the cheese and stir continuously until it is melted and your sauce has reached its desired thickness.
  • Add the cooked ramen to the saucepan and stir until incorporated.
  • Serve with fresh chopped green onions, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 17g Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 11g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 60mg Sodium: 553mg Potassium: 203mg Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 630IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 415mg Iron: 1mg

Video

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Notes

  • Cook your ramen noodles just until they are al dente. They will continue to cook slightly in the hot broth. Overcooked noodles can become mushy and detract from the overall texture of the dish.
  • There are a variety of toppings that can enhance the texture and flavor of your cheese ramen. Consider adding soft-boiled eggs, nori strips, sliced mushrooms, or thinly sliced pork or chicken.
  • Cheese ramen is best enjoyed hot and fresh. Serve it immediately after cooking to ensure the cheese is melted and the noodles have the best texture.
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