Week three of of the ramen & funfetti challenge is upon us!
The weather has started to cool down a bit, so I was aching for something warm. Warm comfort food. One of my standby comfort foods is spaghetti, and I figured this week’s theme would be the perfect way to try a different spin on the classic Italian dish.
Surprisingly, it was super easy to substitute ramen for the spaghetti noodles. I thought it might be tricky to get how the ramen is cooked so that it wasn’t soggy, but it really wasn’t. Boil the ramen for 3 minutes, and then layer it all up in the dish. Pop it in the oven for 45 minutes and you have a nice family size dish ready to go!
The texture is slightly different from spaghetti, but I actually really liked it. The noodles hold together a bit more than spaghetti, so you’re not spending half the meal trying to wrap the noodles around your fork. Anything that saves me time and gets food into my mouth faster is a win.
This is easy to customize, too – you can add other veggies, swap out the ground turkey for ground beef, use a mix of cheeses… whatever your little heart desires.
A cheesy, meaty, family-sized casserole featuring a surprise ingredient – ramen!
- 3 packages of ramen (flavor packets discarded)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 onion, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
- 1-24 oz can spaghetti sauce
- 1 teaspoon basil, chopped
- 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Chopped parsley, optional as garnish
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Boil ramen according to package directions, drain and layer in baking dish.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil and sauté onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes.
- Add ground turkey and heat until browned and cooked through. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add mushrooms, sauce and basil. Heat until the sauce starts to bubble.
- Add the sauce mix in an even layer on top of the ramen in the baking dish. Top with cheese and parsley, and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese on top is bubbling and starting to brown.
- Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting and then serve. Enjoy!