If you are like me, you have the kind of children who need dinner every night! Even if I have made dinner for them the last 3,640 nights in a row, they keep coming back for more! And while of course we would like to take hours to prepare elaborate and delightful family dinners, days of the week can be hard!
Well, mamas, I got your back.
Today I am sharing with you one of my all-time favorite recipes! It is a one-pot meal that you can whip up in under 6 minutes. The layers of tender noodle and the incredible seasoning give this meal a delicious flavor that will make a lasting impression. Trust me, this is an instant classic!
I first made this dish in 1992 at age 11 when I was home alone for no known reason. As a kid, I loved it, and I love making it for my children!!! So, give it a try-your mom friends will be begging you for the recipe!
There are a few things that make this a go-to recipe for me!
- It is quick and easy to make
- It is one pot
- It has ingredients
- Not much cleanup afterwards
- vegetarian, maybe vegan. maybe not even food.
- Water. About enough to boil over while you’re helping someone with his homework or wiping someone’s ass. This water can be from anywhere! I like locally sourced from my kitchen sink, but bottle, rain, or toilet water probably also fine.
- Noodles wrapped in plastic.
- Seasoning packet wrapped in foil hiding in plastic noodles.
- 1-3 cups chardonnay or Pinot.
- Pour a glass of wine. No need to measure, you can eyeball this.
- Fill a medium pan up with your water and bring to a boil. I like to use my favorite Ikea saucepan that I have had for almost a decade, but any pan that holds liquid will work!!!
- Open up your Ramen packet of food-like noodles and add them to the water. If you are expecting guests or preparing this meal for more than one person, go ahead and open a few more packets!
- Pour a second glass of wine.
- Once your noodles have cooked, about 1-2 minutes, you are ready to add the seasoning! I like to use scissors to open the little foil packet, but your teeth will work too.
- Swish the seasoning around in the pan until fully dissolved. About 10 seconds. I like to stir the seasoning in by doing a kind of figure eight motion with my spoon, but a quick circular swirl can also be used!
- Allow the meal to cool for several minutes while the flavors deepen. You can also skip this step and toss a couple of ice cubes in!
- Plate this meal by serving in soup bowls or cereal bowls or tupperware you can’t find the lid for. serve immidetly
- Pour a glass of wine.