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How to Turn Your Instant Ramen into (Nearly) Instant Pizza

Food52 logo Food52 9/13/2017 Katie Macdonald
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When I have "nothing to eat," noodles save the day. They’re fast, cheap, and filling, plus they usually only require one pot. I know, I know: Not all heroes wear capes.

But as much as I love a bowl of spaghetti, ramen, or vermicelli, I do get a little bored with making the same recipes time and time again. Which is why I was so excited when I discovered Noodle Pizzas in Kathy Kordalis’ newest cookbook.

Move over, ramen burger. © Provided by Food52 Move over, ramen burger.

Transforming noodles into pizza is a similar process to making the Insta-famous ramen burger. Use an egg to bind together cooked instant noodles, then fry the mixture in a pan or skillet to form a golden base.

From there, top the noodle base like you would any pizza and pop it into the oven. We tried three of Kordalis’ recommendations—chorizo, pesto, and mozzarella; traditional margherita; and a red sauce with spinach, chile, and egg—but feel free to experiment. I think it would also be tasty with prosciutto and arugula, or ranch and garlic, or mushrooms and caramelized onions. You could even top your noodle base with red sauce and mini meatballs for a meta dish.

Noodle pizzas take longer to make than normal noodle dishes, but not much. The personal-sized pies take about 30 minutes to make—still reasonable for a busy weekday or last-minute dinner.

Now try it:

Spinach, Chile, & Egg Noodle Pizza

Margherita Noodle Pizza

Chorizo, Pesto, & Mozzarella Noodle Pizza

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