September 25, 2012

Curly Noodle Skillet Dish

This dish is fast, super easy and very budget friendly.

I picked up a giant box of beef-flavored ramen noodles during a case lot sale last year or so.  

I was like . . . oh my gosh . . . 50 packages of Top Ramen for $1 . . . what a deal.

Then I got home and I was like . . . oh my gosh . . . what am I going to do with 50 packages of Top Ramen?

(okay, it was really more like 12 packages, I may have exagerated a little)

A year later and I still have that big box of ramen noodles in my pantry.  Time to start using them up. 
This dish turned out pretty good.  I wouldn't say it's the best meal out there, but for as fast and easy as it was, I will make it occasionally and I think kids would really like it.
Curly Noodle Skillet Dish
1/2 Lb. ground beef
1/2 an onion, finely chopped
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 c. water
2 pkgs. beef-flavored ramen noodles, crushed
1 can beans (pinto, black, kidney), drained and rinsed
1/2 - 1 tsp. chili powder, to taste, opt.

Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat; season with salt and pepper.  Add the onions and saute another few minutes.  Add the can of tomatoes, water, crushed ramen noodles, both seasoning packets from the noodles, beans and chili powder.  Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes or until the noodles are tender.  Serves 4-5.  

Jenn's Notes: The chili powder is not in the original recipe, but I felt like it needed a little kick.  I think this dish would be great with some Cheddar cheese on top.    


  1. Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy. I am going to try this.

  2. Fun! I always look at ramen and think it has so much potential but never really bother to spend much time experimenting. This sounds really good.

  3. I'm not one that likes ramen noodles, but I don't mind them when they're mixed in dishes. This actually looks really good and something my kids would like. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I wonder how it would taste with Rotel mixed in instead of just the tomatoes.... that would give it the kick if you don't want to use Chili powder.

    1. That is a perfect idea! I love Rotel. That is what I will do next time. - Jenn

  5. This looks so good! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Homemaker on a Dime. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. like the idea of using ramen noodles awesome ide

    come see what I shared at and please if you can leave a comment letting me know you stopped by

  7. Replies
    1. Hi, I only added one can of pinto beans. The recipe is for one can of beans total, but if you happened to have a few different varieties opened in your fridge from another recipe, I think it would be great with a variety. -Jenn