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5 Creative Ways to Cook Pasta and Other Noodles

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Pasta is a widely used ingredient in both savory and sweet dishes. Thanks to its versatility and quick cooking time, it is a popular choice when preparing lunch or dinner. 5-Minute Crafts wants to show you some recipes made with pasta. You can use one of these ideas the next time your friends are coming over or at your next family gathering.

1. Fried dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked noodles (you could use ramen or capellini)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce (or sweet and sour sauce)

Instructions

  1. Place the cooked noodles in a food processor or blender, and break an egg in there.

  2. Blend the ingredients until you get a paste-like consistency.

  3. Bring water to a boil in a pot. When it’s finally boiling, with a spoon, take a little bit of the mixture and make a sort of ball. Then drop the balls, one at a time, into the boiling water to cook for a couple of minutes.

4. After the dough balls are cooked, gently remove them.

5. In a frying pan, pour in the oil. When it is very hot, add the dumplings one-by-one. Let them fry for at least 2 minutes on each side. Turn them constantly so that they brown without burning.

6. When they are fried, remove them from the pan and serve them with tomato sauce or sweet and sour sauce, whichever you prefer.

2. Green fettuccine

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 purple cabbage leaves (chopped)
  • ½ package of fettuccine noodles or thick rice noodles (250 g)
  • 1 tbsp of baking soda
  • Salt and spices to taste

Instructions

  1. In a pot, boil the chopped cabbage leaves; the more leaves you use, the more intense the blue-green color of the pasta will be. When the water takes on a bluish color, remove the leaves from the water. Add the baking soda. Stir well.

  2. Add the pasta to the pot with salt and spices to taste. Cook according to the cooking time indicated on the package, approximately 6-9 minutes.

  3. Then, when the noodles are cooked, remove and serve.

  4. Pour lemon juice over the pasta before eating. Serve with vegetables and meats of your choice.

3. Ramen noodles pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups cooked ramen noodles (or pasta)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup tomato paste (or pizza sauce from a can)
  • 6-8 slices of salami (you could use pepperoni or mushrooms)

Instructions

1. In a glass bowl, place the cooked noodles, Parmesan cheese, and raw egg. Mix all the ingredients well.

2. Grease a round mold with the oil, this will prevent the pasta from sticking. Mix until everything is well-combined.

3. Press the dough with a spatula or your hand so that it is evenly distributed.

4. Pour a cup of mozzarella cheese over the noodles, then pour the tomato paste and spread it over the entire surface.

5. Add slices of salami over the pasta or if you prefer a vegetarian dish, you could replace them with sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with dried oregano to finish.

6. Bake at 350ºF (180°C) for 15 minutes.

7. Then remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

4. Sweet baskets

Ingredients:

  • 1 package instant ramen noodles (80-100 g)
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Whipped cream (for garnish)
  • 4-6 chocolate sticks or filled wafers (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, place the chopped noodles. Add the sugar and the egg. Mix all ingredients together.

  2. Grease a muffin pan. Pour the batter into each space. With the help of a spoon, press the noodles to flatten them and make them take on the shape of the mold. Bake at 390ºF (200°C) for 5 minutes.

  3. Then, remove them and unmold them one-by-one. You can use a spoon to lift them and avoid burning your fingers.

  4. Serve and decorate as you wish. You can add whipped cream, dulce de leche, or condensed milk. Top them with chocolate chips or wafers.

5. Ramen sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1 package instant ramen noodles (80-100 g)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 medium baguette or hot dog bun
  • Cooked chicken and fish
  • 1 boiled egg
  • Nori seaweed (optional)
  • Fresh chives (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the noodles, and let them cook for about 3 minutes depending on what the packaging says.

  2. When they are cooked, transfer them to a frying pan and pour in the oil, vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic powder.

  3. Mix well so that all the seasonings combine. If you like ginger, grate some over the noodles, or you can use ginger powder. Let them fry for at least a couple of minutes.

  4. Slice the baguette or hot dog bun in half, just as you would when making a hot dog. Place the noodles first and then add a piece of chicken and a piece of cooked fish on top. Garnish the dish with fresh chives and, if you want, with a piece of nori seaweed.

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