Chili & Cheese Ramen Wonder

Recipe by ThatBobbieGirl
READY IN: 20mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    packages ramen noodles (any flavor since you won't need the seasoning packet) or 2 -3 cups of any leftover pasta (plain)
  • 2
    (15 ounce) cans chili with beans (use meatless if you swing that way)
  • 1
    (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes (with or without green chilies)
  • 4 -8
    ounces shredded cheese or 4 -8 ounces sliced cheese (of your choice, Monterey Jack, American, Cheddar - I usually use extra sharp cheddar - you get a lot)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Get a 3-quart casserole with a lid, and put about 6 cups of water in it, cover it and stick it in the microwave for about 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, crush the packages of ramen slightly, carefully open and remove the seasoning packets, which you won't need.
  • (Collect'em, trade'em with your friends. I have 47 assorted seasoning packets now!) Set aside the ramen for now.
  • Open the cans of chili and the tomatoes.
  • Do not drain the tomatoes: you'll need the juice in this or it might be kind of dry.
  • If the cheese is sliced or in a chunk, break or cut it up into small bits that will melt easily.
  • Take the casserole out of the microwave, dump in the ramen noodles, pushing all the bits down into the water, breaking it up a bit more if necessary.
  • Cover and return to microwave oven, cook for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Check to see if the ramen noodles seem mostly done.
  • (You don't want them mushy. Okay, maybe you do, but I don't) If they seem done, drain well.
  • The lid on my casserole is not a tight fit, so I just hold the lid on and turn the whole things sideways so the water drains out.
  • Dump in the chili and tomatoes, and toss well.
  • I used two large spoons to do this.
  • Cover and return to microwave, cook on HIGH for 5 minutes or until hot throughout.
  • When you remove the casserole from the microwave, put your side dish in to heat up.
  • Then sprinkle the chili ramen with cheese, replace cover, and let stand until cheese melts.
  • By the time the side dish is hot, the cheese should be melted nicely.
  • Now, check to see if they got that table set, or if you're gonna put this in the fridge for tomorrow night's dinner!
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