Waiting-for-Payday Recipes: Lemon-Chive Ramen Noodles

I’m ever so glad you could join me this evening.

(Neighbor Nancy hands you a tall, icy glass of Strawberry Lemonade)

Tonight’s recipe is easy and relatively quick.

Lemon-Chive Ramen noodles


Ramen noodles — about one package per person

Okay, you can use any pasta, but no one ever mentions Ramen noodles and sometimes they are all one can afford. Poor unloved Ramen noodles.



2Tablespoons butter, margarine, or oil (butter has the nicest flavor, but use what you can afford)

1 Tablesppon chives, fresh or 1 teaspoon dried chive or a pinch of onion powder or 1/2 dried onion — Oh, you get the idea

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil ( any oil or melted fat will be okay here. Olive oil just lends the nicest flavor)

quick splash of lemon juice or the zest of half a lemon

Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Put the little bouillon packet aside for another time and cook the Ramen noodles as directed.

2. Heat the butter and sauté the chives or onions until softened.

Chives will take a minute or 2. Onions will take a little longer, maybe 5 minutes.

If you are using dried onion, after the butter melts turn the heat off and just let the dried onion absorb the butter and soften a bit.

If you are using onion powder, just add it to the melted butter and move on.

3. Add 1 Tablespoon and lemon juice

If you are using lemon zest, carefully sauté for a minute, but do not let the mixture brown. Keep your heat low.

4. Toss the drained pasta with the other Tablespoon of olive oil.

5. Toss the the pasta with the heated lemon-chive mixture.

Serve hot. Let each person add the salt and pepper to their own taste. Or perhaps sprinkle a bit of the stuff from the flavor packet.

Fills the tummy nicely, doesn’t it? Well, at least the kids aren’t going to bed hungry.

If this one doesn’t suit you, try a different recipe from the Waiting-for-Payday category on the right.

What creative way have you used Ramen noodles?

Published in: on March 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. We have ramen noodles at our house all the time for this very purpose. I’ve been looking for another way to fix it. THANK YOU!!

  2. Hee! Ramen!

    Here’s a fun “recipe” that I learned while doing my time for The Man (i.e. working full time to put myself through a heavy course load and pay the bills). It doesn’t sound like much in the telling, but it’s truly an instance where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts:

    1 snack-sized bag of cheese curls (aka Jax, but the cheaper the better – go for the generics, and borderline stale is OK)
    1 packet Ramen noodles
    1 cup HOT water (it need not be precisely a cup)
    1 clothespin

    1.) Before even opening the cheese curls, use your fist to mash them up in the sealed bag.
    2.) Open bag of cheese curls, and put the (dry) Ramen noodle ingredients in.
    3.) Take 1 cup of either heated water or VERY HOT tap water, pour into cheese curl bag.
    4.) Clothespin the top of the bag closed, let it sit for about 5 minutes.
    5.) Voila! Poor Man’s Mac & Cheese! Enjoy!

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