Camp Fire Recipe: 3 Ways to Upgrade your Ramen Noodles

Ok, yes I lived on ramen noodles when I was in college but frankly I cannot bring myself to eat them when I am camping.  After seeing another camper “fancy up” his ramen, I decided to give them one more try.  Below are some of my ideas.  If you are concerned with weight, choose to use dehydrated ingredients such as meat and vegetables.  On the other hand, if packing weight is not a problem, consider using canned or fresh.  The last approach is to use a combination of both.  The option you choose simply depends on your time and required pack weight.

The keys to upgrading your ramen noodles are planning and preparation.  To save space in your pack, first break up the ramen noodles and store them in a resealable plastic bag.  Then, organize your dehydrated meats and vegetables in another bag.  Finally, if you have a sauce packet in your ramen noodle or you want to use powdered cheese, arrange these items in another resealable bag. 

Once you get to camp, the simple recipe for the upgraded ramen noodles is simple.  Bring two cups of water to a boil and add meat and vegetables.  Take the pot off the fire and add the noodles along with sauce.  Cover and insulate the pot to keep it hot and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before eating.

If you want some easy recipes to follow, check out these recipes below. 

Savory Vegetables and Ramen Noodles


1 package of ramen noodles

½ cup of dehydrated black beans

½ cup of dehydrated vegetables

3 packets of soy sauce or sauce to taste

Follow general directions described previously.

Noodles Raminara


1 package of ramen noodles

½ cup of dehydrated ground beef

½ cup of dehydrated peppers, onions, and mushrooms

½ cup of dehydrated tomato sauce

1 Tablespoon of dried Parmesan cheese

Salt, pepper, oregano, and basil to taste

Hints:  add tomato sauce to the meat and vegetable step describe previously.  Sprinkle the parmesan cheese right before serving.


Cheesy Ramen


1 package of ramen noodles

½ cup of dehydrated ham, chopped

½ cup of dehydrated green peas

3 Tablespoons of cheddar cheese powder

2 Tablespoons powdered milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Hint:  add the milk and cheddar cheese powder the same time you add the ramen noodles.

While the recipes above showcase an upgrade to the plain old ramen noodles, do not stop there.  It is very easy to customize your own ramen dish.  Just add a meat of your choice, combine that with some vegetables, and add a sauce.