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These Quick Ramen Hacks Will Save Your Busy Weeknights

Instant ramen never looked so good.

Instant ramen: the sad, dorm room dinner we've all turned to during tough times. But what if it didn't have to be so *blah*?

With some inexpensive additions, you can transform the instant dinner into something you'll actually look forward to eating.

So, let's start with the basics: You know the instructions for how to make ramen on the back of the package? Ditch those.

Now that we have the perfect base, onto the upgrades. For all of these, it's just a matter of adding in a few extra (budget-friendly!) ingredients for amped-up flavor and texture.

1. Thai Coconut Curry Ramen

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This version mimics the spicy take-out classic everyone loves.

Pro tip: Try it with shrimp or rotisserie chicken for a hearty dinner ready in a flash.

Here's how to make it:

2. Tortilla and Lime Ramen

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This Southwest-inspired ramen gets a flavorful upgrade with salsa verde and fresh lime juice.

Pro tip: To save time, sub strips for crushed up tortilla chips or Fritos.

Here's how to make it:

3. Bacon and Egg Ramen

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This variation is loaded with everything you love about breakfast, giving you the perfect excuse to eat ramen for every meal.

Pro tip: Cook your bacon first, then fry your egg in the bacon fat for added flavor.

Here's how to make it:

4. Spicy Peanut Ramen

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Peanut butter and lime mimic the iconic flavors of Pad Thai in this variation.

Pro tip: Feel free to add more or less Sriracha to adjust the spice level.

Here's how to make it:

5. Faux Shoyu Ramen

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Shoyu ramen is seasoned with Japanese soy sauce. This faux version is a quick interpretation of the restaurant classic.

Pro tip: Use thick-cut bacon to mimic the richness of pork belly used in traditional ramen.

Here's how to make it:

There you have it! Instant ramen is the perfect blank canvas for just about anything. 🍜