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Review: Italian Ramen Skillet

Posted 10-26-2011 at 07:14 PM by medic2midwife

Night 7: Italian Ramen Skillet

This isn't so much of a review as I'm just sharing one of my all time favorite cheap recipes with you that has an option of being meatless which is how I'll post it since this is how I most freqently make it. This was a recipe I modified from meat years ago when I became a vegetarian, I like it better this way. I like this recipe because you almost always have all the ingredients on hand and it costs very little yet it is super filling.

4 packs of beef flavor ramen noodles
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of garbonzo beans (you may substitute this for ground beef.. turkey might work nicely too)
2 cups of water
1 cup of shredded mozarella cheese

1. Pour can of tomatoes and water into deep skillet. Add all packs of beef flavoring to the liquid mixture and let it come to a high simmer.

2. Add the garbonzo beans and the noodles. Cover with a lid and cook until noodles are softened. You may need to add water so watch this as it cooks. I find the noodles water level varies greatly.

3. Remove from heat and sprinkle cheese on top. Let cheese melt then serve.

Cost breakdown-
4 packs of ramen noodles .80 @ .20 each
1 can of tomatoes- free with coupon (or around .60 without)
water- free
garbanzo beans .90 (or ground meat to average price per pound as substitute)
cheese- roughly .50 from the package

This will serve a family of 5 hearty servings with about 1-2 meals left over for lunch. This dinner is around .40 with the cost of tomatoes included (again mine were free muir glen organic fire roasted tomatoes which I highly recommend, they are divine!!!) For under 3 dollars, you've fed your entire family a filling dinner, for under 5 dollars you can toss in some crusty french bread and butter or even a salad. We find this dish is plenty filling by itself. And the beans provide the protein.

I love this dish on a cold night. You can spice it up to make it a bit hotter or use tomatoes with italian seasonings, but we like it just the way it is.
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