Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Unbelieveable...But what a WONDERFUL Surprize that this turned out to be!!!

Greetings Friends.....P L E A S E    R E A D  BEFORE continuing down the page. I saw this recipe awhile back in one of those newspaper type magazines you see at the check out stands at grocery stores.  I know why they put those at the check out is because they have a captive audience..... me  (smile)  I happened to flip through it and found this little itty bitty piece about this spaghetti dish. I couldn't believe my eyes that it was four ingredients, took about 35 minutes of which that was mostly oven time and it was done. You must be kidding, I said to myself. So I   decided to try this TODAY  when I was in a fast pinch. Are you ready for this......I'm calling it ......

Ramen Noodle Spaghetti Bake

OK now please don't dismiss it and say ....there is no way I'm making ramen noodles for dinner. Well this recipe just might change your mind especially if you have a bunch of kids to feed like I did. I was tending grandkids through the dinner hour and this worked great! One grandson ate three big plates full. And I bet you have all these ingredients on hand in your pantry.I know I did.

A 26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce, 4 packages of Ramen Noodles (make one beef) and Mozarella Cheese

3 1/2 cups water and if desired, any leftover cooked meat. (I used 1/2 lb. cooked hot italian Sausage.)

Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray and break up ramen noodles all over the bottom. If using any cooked meat, then sprinkle it over the noodles.

Pour Spaghetti sauce over the top

Then sprinkle one beef flavor packet over the sauce. Discard the other packets or save for another use.

Then sprinkle a cup of grated mozarella cheese over the top of sauce.
Stir it together. Add 3 1/2 cups water. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35-50 minutes until liquid is all absorbed.

Remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle another cup of mozorella cheese over the top. Return to oven uncovered  for 5- 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

If desired garnish with chopped parsley

Ramen Noodle Spaghetti Bake

4 packages Ramen noodles - one must be beef (reserve ONE beef flavoring packet)
1  26 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 to 1 lb. cooked ground beef, or italian sausage (optional)
2 cups mozarella cheese divided
3 1/2 cups water
Chopped parsley-garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Break up ramen noodles into a greased or sprayed 2 quart baking dish. They should cover the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle cooked meat over dry broken up noodles in dish. Then pour spaghetti sauce over the top. Sprinkle the beef flavor packet over the sauce. Then sprinkle one cup of the cheese over the top of sauce. Carefully mix together. Pour the water over the top of all. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake 35 to 50 minutes or until liquid is totally absorbed. Remove from oven and remove foil. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top of all. Return to the oven for 5- 10 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve. Add a crisp green salad and crusty bread to round it out. ENJOY!
Adapted from Womans World Magazine.

And here it is. DELICIOSO!!!! Perfectly cooked and the OOEY GOOEY cheese melted for extra taste and texture.

Plate it up with some good crusty bread. Add a salad and you have a meal. And what a meal it is!!

The orginal recipe did not call for any meat in it. Add it only used a very little water.....definitely not enough. I could see that  after cooking 30 minutes so I added more to make the 3 1/2 cups. Also it only called for a cup of cheese and I doubled it. I guess that's what cooking is all about. We add to, take out or adjust to our liking. I know you'll enjoy this. At least I know the kids will. (Big smile)
This may not win the James Beard Award but it will certainly win the kid tested, give me more award.

Try it. It was so fast, easy and really quite inexpensive to make. It works in a pinch!!!!

Thankyou for joining me. Its great to have you along!! If you try it let me know. You'll be glad you did.




Domesblissity said...

Bugger the kids Nann! I'd love this for myself! LOL I know my boy would gobble this up in no time, but my fussy daughter. I swear. I gave her spaghetti noodles tonight just with grated cheese on top and you'd think I was trying to poison her! LOL Thanks for the recipe Nann.

Anne xx

Nellie said...

How simple can you get?!? It sounds delicious, and it appears to have been a "hit" for the grandchildren.

Sandra said...

I have to admit...I love Ramen Noodles...I think it takes me back to college when I was broke and they were cheap! ha ha...still love them.
This sounds really good, definitely going to try this one.
Have a great weekend!

Michele said...

Og my word,Nann!

I am so going to send this to my sister with 4 young children, 2 businesses a dog and a travelling husband..............

As for the 3 other packets - keep that chicken flavoring - it is GREAT in chicken soup as a base. It is high in salt but don't use salt or bouillon jus5 use that.

AWESOME RECIPE and you have me quite excited about trying it.

I hope you share this with the Foodie Friday blog.


Bliss said...

You've never led me wrong yet, so I'll give it a try next week.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

You know what?? sounds REALLY good to me. I love the cheesy picture of it! It's great to have easy, crowd-pleasing meals!!

Unknown said...

I have to try this, I think I have everything except the Ramen Noodles in stock. I found you on the Taste This Thursday Blog Hop and I am glad I did. I am now following you and would love a follow back.

My Turn (for us)

Thanks, I enjoyed the visit.

Unknown said...

I love ramen noodles so I know this would be good ! oh how I wish I was your neighbor
I will try this , thanks for sharing I am still thing about that pie joann

Kathleen said...

I have never had ramen noodles. I wonder if my gkids would eat it. I will give it a try. Thanks, Nann!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Hi Nann, this dish looks yummy and it's ingredients are a real surprise, for sure. I have liked Ramen noodles forever so I know this would be good. The melted cheese makes me hungry just thinking about it. Your grandchildren must be the best fed kids around. You always have something yummy on the table. Have a great weekend, my friend.-----Shannon

AudreyN said...

What a surprise recipe! I can't wait to try it :)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You did a fantastic job photographing this dish! i can't wait to try it! Perfect for kids.

Patsy said...

Nann...this sounds like a great way to fill up a bunch of grands in a hurry! I always keep ramen on hand for when the come by. Thank you for visiting my blog, and for the lovely compliment! xo Patsy

Miz Helen said...

How in the world could you raise kids without Ramen Noodles? This is a great casserole that my Grands will sure get a chance to try! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Shabby chic Sandy said...

The night this was posted blogger was busy and I see now I didn't comment. I ended up making this and my family loved it! This will be a family meal we have often. It is rare I find something everyone likes! TFS!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Nann!

This sure is a surprise! It looks so good and I like that you don't use all three packages of the seasoning as it is so salty.

I Pinned this with credit to your blog in the comment box, so hopefully it will always link back to you :)

Thanks for sharing this at my party!

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Rettabug said...

I can't wait to try this recipe with Ms. Picky Eater!! I struggle to find foods that she likes. Thanks a million!

Unknown said...

Since life is so busy at our place, I always look for meals that are quick and different. We have spaghetti a lot but this would be a fun and different twist on the norm!

Rettabug said...

Hey Nann...just wanted to tell you that I am making this today to take over to my DD's house. They are returning tonight from Spring break & I am leaving this in the fridge for her to just pop into the oven when they get home, so they will have something hot & yummy to eat.

Thanks so much for telling us about it, as I never would have tried the recipe without your recommendation.


p.s. I'm also keeping a small pan of it for US here at the house to have after Mass tonight. I hate to come home & have to start cooking so late. ~~big smile~

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