A new kind of ramen

By J_Howard

School has begun, but before you know it, classwork and friends will be keeping you up late into the night. A midnight study snack may be necessary.

Moms send their kids to school with a 24-pack of ramen noodles, which is the most convenient food item next to the hot water maker. But now, after the fifth bowl, the ramen doesn’t hit the spot like it used to.

This recipe for ramen noodle pizza may be just enough to spice up your next package of noodles. The ingredients can be whatever is lying around the kitchen at the time. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes and serves two to four people, depending on how big you make the slices.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You will need two packages of ramen noodles and two cups of spaghetti or pizza sauce to start. Pizza sauce will make it more authentic, but spaghetti sauce works as well. Follow the directions on the noodles package for cooking instructions.

Gather pizza toppings while the noodles are cooking. They can be whatever you like best on pizza. Fresh vegetables, like tomatoes and onions, work well. If you are a fan of olives, they go great with this dish. Mix in the vegetables and toppings with the sauce.

Lightly grease a medium-sized casserole dish. Drain the cooked noodles and spread evenly throughout the dish. Pour the prepared sauce over the noodles and spread evenly. If you choose to add pepperoni, place them on top of the sauce and cover it with one cup shredded cheese—a mix of cheddar and mozzarella works well.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes, and let it cool for 10 minutes. Cheese should be melted evenly on top. If not, it may need to be put back in the oven for a few more minutes. The noodles make it difficult to cut into slices, so it may be best to use a metal spatula.

Enjoy your new, late-night snack while studying, or impress your friends with your new creation.