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

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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.
Move over, ramen burger. Photo by Bobbi Lin

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.

Spinach, Chile, & Egg Noodle Pizza

Spinach, Chile, & Egg Noodle Pizza

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Serves 2 (or 1 very hungry person)

Noodle Pizza Base

  • 2 packs instant noodles, cooked according to the packet instructions
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Spinach, Chile, & Egg Topping

  • 1 tablespoon passata or sun-dried tomato paste
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 red chile, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 ounce feta (optional)
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Margherita Noodle Pizza

Margherita Noodle Pizza

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Serves 2 (or 1 very hungry person)

Noodle Pizza Base

  • 2 packs instant noodles, cooked according to the packet instructions
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Margherita Topping

  • 2 tablespoons passata
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste
  • 1 pinch oregano
  • 2 ounces grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 ounce grated Parmesan (optional)
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
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Chorizo, Pesto, & Mozzarella Noodle Pizza

Chorizo, Pesto, & Mozzarella Noodle Pizza

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Serves 2 (or 1 very hungry person)

Noodle Pizza Base

  • 2 packs instant noodles, cooked according to the packet instructions
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Chorizo, Pesto, & Mozzarella Topping

  • 2 ounces grated mozzarella
  • 1 ounce chorizo, chopped and cooked
  • 1 tablespoon green pesto
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Have you tried noodle pizza? Noodle burgers? What's the craziest noodle concoction you've seen?

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