How to Make Cheesy Ramen Noodles

Looking for extra comfort in your bowl of ramen? Toss in a slice (or two) of American cheese to make cheesy ramen!

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Yes, cheesy ramen sounds like a college meal that was first created late at night. But this recipe is actually from Korea. The dish was created when American soldiers brought American cheese overseas during the war. When the war ended, the soldiers returned home but the cheese stayed in Korea. The rest is history!

Today, cheesy ramen remains a popular, quick and easy comfort food in Korea and among Korean Americans. For good reason, too—aside from being cheesy and delicious, this simple recipe requires only three ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

Easy Cheesy Ramen Noodles Recipe

Like creamy ramen and ramen lasagna, cheesy ramen is ready in a flash.


Cheesy Ramen ingredientsLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

  • 1 package ramen noodles, any flavor
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 slices American cheese (we used Kraft Singles)
  • Optional: Sliced green onions, fried egg or chili crisp


Step 1: Cook the noodles

Cheesy Ramen noodles in a potLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the ramen noodles and cook until tender; about 3 minutes.

Step 2: Add seasoning packet

Cheesy Ramen cooked noodles in a pot with hand adding flavor packet seasoningLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Stir in the seasoning packet.

Step 3: Make it cheesy

Cheesy Ramen noodles in a bowl with american cheese singles slices on topLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Transfer the noodles and broth into a bowl. Top with two slices of American cheese and stir into the ramen and broth until fully melted. Enjoy!

How to Serve Cheesy Ramen

Cheesy Ramen with toppings, not mixed in yetLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

If you’re looking for quick and easy, serve up this cheesy ramen simply by tossing the noodles and broth in a bowl and stirring in the cheese slices. If you’re looking to upgrade your ramen, top with sliced green onions, a fried egg or a spoonful of spicy chili crisp for a kick (or all three!). We suspect a sprinkle of crumbled bacon, fried pancetta or crispy pork belly would be divine additions, too.

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Lauren Habermehl
Lauren Habermehl is a recipe developer, food photographer and creator of the blog, Frydae. She is a prolific quoter of FRIENDS, lover of weekend DIY projects and procrastinating fitness enthusiast who enjoys exploring the Milwaukee-area with her husband, daughter and ugly mutt named Tyson Doodles.