Cooking at home during times of uncertainty can be a great way to stay grounded and give yourself something to look forward to. Even when using pre-prepared products, with the right technique, you can still turn simple meals into an experience. This one pot cheesy ramen can give you comfort any time of the day.
Author: Whitney Lofts
American Cheese Slices
or Gouda, Cheddar or Swiss
or Breakfast Sausage, Chorizo, or Thick-Cut Bacon
Canned Sweet Corn
or Frozen Sweet Corn
or Frozen Spinach
Pickled Jalapeño Peppers
or 1-2 tsp of your favorite tangy hot sauce
, finely chopped
Canned Sweet Corn (1/3 cup)
and drain the liquid. Wash the
Fresh Spinach (2 3/4 cups)
Open the can of
Spam (2.5 oz)
and slice off a thick 2cm-wide piece, or more as desired.
Prepare a pot of boiling water along with a bowl of
Ice (as needed)
mixed with water to blanch your spinach.
Once the water has boiled, place the spinach inside and cook for 30 seconds. Use a spider or slotted spoon to take the spinach out and place it into a bowl of iced water.
Place the brick of
Instant Noodles (1 pckg)
into the water for up to 30 seconds or until the noodles begin to loosen slightly. Set aside, as they will continue cooking in the soup later.
Heat your grill pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add your protein and grill on for 3 minutes on each side. Alternatively, you can bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 6 minutes.
Refill the pot with fresh water (according to ramen packet directions) and bring it to a boil again. Add the soup base from the instant noodle packet and stir until dissolved. Rehydrate any other additions from the packet in the soup.
Add the noodles, spinach and the corn into the soup.
Push the noodles deep into the pot and cover with the
American Cheese Slices (3)
. Turn off the heat and cover the pot to melt the cheese. The residual heat will cook the noodles to perfection.
Serve with a heavy sprinkling of
Scallions (1 bunch)
Fried Shallots (1 Tbsp)
, and if using,
Pickled Jalapeño Peppers (2 Tbsp)
Serve immediately, with the grilled spam on the side so that it stays crispy!
Use whatever noodles, vegetables or proteins that you have on hand - the same techniques can be used across many different ingredients.
Nutrition Per Serving
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