Pros: Quick, easy, tastes great
Cons: not really healthy for you.
I love to cook, and usually cook a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner for my family. I also bake bread, cookies, muffins, all from scratch, you name it. I have fibromyalgia and a heap of other medical problems. Sometimes I just don't feel like cooking. Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soups are a staple in my home. I usually purchase them by the case, and sometimes even more than that. They are perfect for a quick lunch, or even a quick dinner. The price on these normally run me anywhere from 10 cents to about 30 cents per package. (Your getting a 3 oz package.)
The serving size on this says that it will serve 2. I guess that all depends on who is eating them at my house. I rarely eat them because of the carb count. I love them though. Sometimes I will snack a bit of the broth instead of eating the noodles. I let my family enjoy those.
My family puts about 6 packages of these together if they are having supper. We are a family of 5. I have a toddler, and I can't each much since I have had the gastric bypass. Me and noodles don't get along. So basically the rest of the family consumes the largest portion of these noodles.
They don't like to follow the directions on the packaging:
"Boil two cups of water in saucepan, add noodles, and cook three minutes, stirring occasionally.. Turn off heat and and contents of seasoning package, stir. Serve... makes 2 8 oz servings."
They like to boil up their noodles and then drain up most of the water. They don't measure anything. They just boil a pot of water, add the noodles till soft. Drain most of the water, leaving just a bit. Then they will use the spice packets and add them to taste. They don't like their Ramen soupy. They prefer it more on the dry side, but when they do this they find they need less spice because the packet seems to be mainly salt.
They eat it up now. You would have thought I gave my kids a t-bone steak. In fact, they prefer these noodles to steak, chicken, pot roast, you name it. Thats not always a good thing though. I like to give them variety so I do cook for them most of the time. There is a lot of salt in these: 790mg. Luckily I don't have high blood pressure..lol.
Taste and Consistency
The noodles when cooked and served right away are just the perfect consistency. If you let them sit to long, or over cook them, they seem to get softer and softer. I don't like them that way, but a few of my family members do. These noodles are basically small thin, and twisty, almost like an egg noodle in taste.
The beef packet really just gives these noodles a salty beef bouillon type of flavor. I prefer to use a bit less seasoning packet. The consistency of the beef packet is just like a thin and dark colored beef bouillon. It slightly colors the noodles.
You can add veggies, meats, or what ever you wish to these while cooking. I used to work at a prison, and would watch the inmates put Cheetos in or Doritos, to give them a beefy cheese type of taste. I have seen others use hot sauce. I guess you can dress them up or down however you chose. I like them plain when I do eat them.
I do recommend cutting them up if you have a small toddler. I am always afraid she might choke on the large twisty strands. I just chop them up a bit and then she can handle them a bit better.
Serving size 1/2 block
noodles with seasoning 43g
Servings per container 2
Caories from Fat 70
Total Fat 7g
Sat fat 3.5g
Trans fat 0g
Sodium 790 mg
Total Carb 26g
Dietary Fiver 1g
Vit a less than 2%
Vit c 0
Calcium less than 2%
So your basically getting a dry mix with noodles that you have to add boiled water to and then mix. It is pretty easy to prepare, quite tasty, but not the healthiest for you. I give it 5 stars for taste, convenience, and my family enjoys them. I highly recommend them only as an occasional food. They make a great side dish, or main dish, or a base for a main dish that you can add other ingredients to.