Creamy Ramen Noodles is made with only 5 INGREDIENTS, ready in under 10 minutes and is a LIGHTENED UP version of Fettuccini Alfredo!
Creamy Ramen Noodles
If you are huge fan of fettuccini alfredo then you are going to adore this recipe. It's a lighter, faster and easier version of that restaurant favorite dish. This easy recipe is a great kid favorite lunch or dinner / college kids / or just anyone who's craving something creamy and delicious without much work.
I'm Obsessed with creating unique variations with the humble ramen noodles. Thinking out of the ramen box! Sorry for the bad pun:) Many a times I look forward to quick fix dinner ideas and these 15 easy 20-minute meals are a great collection to have on hand.
When you're in a pinch, you can always count on instant ramen for a quick and tasty meal. It's a lifesaver during busy days, especially for college kids. It's inexpensive and blends itself to your favorite sauces.
If you are on TikTok, then you must have seen the viral ramen videos made using egg and mayo. This recipe is much different since it is made using milk and without mayonnaise.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS?
- Only 5 ingredients - All commonly stocked pantry ingredients.
- Easy clean up - Made in one pan.
- Kid friendly - Kids devour this noodle dish.
- Quick and easy - It is ready in under 10 minutes.
- No Chopping involved - Need I say more?!
WHAT IS ALFREDO?
It is a white colored sauce made by melting butter, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese together. It's creamy, cheesy, mouthwatering and sure to elevate a pasta dish ! Some recipes include seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic or parsley.
Although the authentic Italian versions named "al burro" meaning "with butter", are made with just melted butter and parmesan cheese, the modern Italian-American recipes include more cream, cheese and butter. It is one of the hugely popular pasta dishes around here.
WHAT KIND OF NOODLES GO WITH ALFREDO?
Alfredo sauce is most famously paired with fettuccine pasta to make fettuccine alfredo. However, linguini or spaghetti are also used. It is usually cooked with a protein, with Chicken Fettuccini and Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo being the most popular.
CAN I USE WATER INSTEAD OF CHICKEN STOCK?
We would not recommend! Stock is the key ingredient in adding flavor to this simple dish. You can try using vegetable stock to make it vegetarian.
(A quick note on 5 ingredient recipes - Salt, pepper, cooking oil and water are not counted as ingredients)
- Ramen – Use any flavored ramen noodles ( we are not gonna use the seasoning packet).
- Butter – salted or unsalted / cold or room temperature is all good.
- Chicken stock – I used 33% reduced sodium chicken stock. If using regular sodium or no sodium chicken stock then adjust salt accordingly. If you have leftover chicken stock, then you could try using it in Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup or Spicy Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and Corn.
- Milk - whole or reduced fat is good. Try staying away from fat free.
- Parmesan cheese - Freshly grated or pre shredded parm. Please stay away from the green box.
- Seasoning – Salt, pepper, garlic powder and fresh/dried parsley
Garlic powder and parsley is optional, since this is a 5 ingredient recipe.
PRO TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Salt - Butter (if using salted), chicken stock and parmesan cheese have salt. So, use salt accordingly.
- Chicken stock - I used 33% reduced sodium chicken stock. If using regular sodium or no sodium chicken stock then adjust salt accordingly.
- Liquid - You want some of the liquid remaining before taking off heat. This liquid helps for the parmesan to melt in it making luxurious garlic ramen.
- Ramen - For al dente ramen, make the entire process in high heat and in medium-high heat for a more softer ramen.
- Discard seasoning packets
Although this recipe is basic, feel free to custamize with whatever you have on hand.
- Vegetables - Cooked green peas or broccoli will delicious add-ins.
- Protein - Leftover cooked chicken, shrimp or salmon.
- Seasonings - Experiment with other spices like Cajun, Italian seasoning, Oregano, dried basil, cayenne or Taco seasoning.
HOW TO MAKE?
Bring butter, chicken stock, milk, garlic powder (if using), salt and pepper to a boil. Add ramen noodles (discard seasoning packet) and cook until noodles have cooked and some of the liquid remains. Finally, stir in parmesan cheese and dried or fresh parsley.
HOW TO SERVE?
This is simple, cozy and comforting served on it's own. However, here are a few ideas that pair well:
- Garlic Bread
- Roasted or Mashed Potatoes
- Green Beans
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS?
This recipe just makes 2 servings or one, if you are hungry. So, we usually don't end up with leftovers. However, if you do then refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Warm in microwave with a splash of water or milk to loosen it up.
AKA Fettuccini al burro is a humble Italian pasta dish made mostly with just three ingredients - Fresh fettuccini pasta, butter and parmesan cheese. This dish become more popular around the world and in the US. However, the recipe evolved from basic ingredients to fancier version with heavy cream, chicken or shrimp
It is just an easier version of the classic Alfredo pasta with ramen noodles. This recipe is a more lightened up version since, it does not have any heavy cream.
Fettuccini Alfredo or Fettuccini al burro is a humble Italian pasta, which is traditionally made with fresh fettuccini pasta, butter and parmesan cheese.
Fettuccini noodles is the most traditional type of pasta served with the sauce. However, linguini or spaghetti are often used.
425 calories in one serving.
Alfredo noodles are certainly not the healthiest of dishes. It is often made with only heavy cream, butter and parmesan cheese, making it a date night or splurge worthy recipe.
More Recipes using Ramen Noodles to try:
- Garlic butter Ramen Noodles
- BBQ Ramen Noodles <--- Using BBQ Sauce
- Honey Walnut Shrimp Ramen <--- Tastes like honey walnut shrimp
Creamy Ramen Noodles
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 and ¼ cup chicken stock I used 33% reduced sodium
- 1 cup milk
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder optional
- ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste refer notes
- ground black pepper to taste
- 2 x 3 ounces package instant ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley or fresh optional
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Add butter, chicken stock, milk, garlic powder (if using), salt and pepper in medium saucepan, stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Add ramen noodles and cook ( cook in high heat for al dente noodles and medium-high for softer noodles), stirring every 20-30 seconds to loosen the noodles (so that it cooks evenly).
- Cook until some of the liquid remains, take off heat and immediately stir in parmesan and parsley (if using). The sauce will thicken as it cools.
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