Broke Betty’s Recipes: Ramen

Rent is due and I don’t get paid for another week so I’ve gotta make these last few dollars in my account stretch. If you’re like me then I’ve got a recipe for you to try that’s tasty and cheap. Here’s a little photo teaser to encourage you to read on:

Broke Betty’s Ramen


  • 1 packet of ramen noodles (flavor of your choice)
  • 1 bouillon cube (flavor of your choice)
  • a handful of spinach (about 1/4 – 1/2 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • water


  1. Gather your ingredients, and your tools. You’ll need: one pot, one bowl, a measuring cup, a spoon to stir with, a cutting board, a knife, and utensils to eat with.
  2. Fill the pot halfway with water, or at least enough to cover an egg, and bring it to a boil.
  3. Soft boil the egg by gently placing it into the boiling water with your spoon. Then stir the water in a circular motion as the egg boils (this centers the yolk). Do this for about 5 minutes then remove the egg from the boiling water.
  4. Place the egg in the bowl and fill it with cold water, and set it out of your way.
  5. Empty the pot and fill it with 2 cups of water, and bring it to a boil.
  6. Place the bouillon cube in the boiling water and stir until it dissolves.
  7. Add the ramen noodles to the pot and cook for 3 minutes.
  8. While the noodles are cooking remove the egg from the cold water and empty the bowl.
  9. Remove the shell from the egg and carefully slice it open (it will be runny if you did it right so be careful).
  10. Once the noodles have finished cooking dump the contents of the pot into your bowl.
  11. Add 1/2 (or all of) the egg.
  12. Chop the spinach and add to the bowl.
  13. Take a few pics, post them on Instagram, and tag @livingbrokeinla.
  14. Consume ramen.

The Cost:

To make this I purchased 1 package of chicken flavor ramen (on sale 4 for $1, usually $0.39/package), a package of chicken flavored bouillon cubes (6 in a pack for $1.99), a half dozen eggs (on sale for $1.79, usually $2.49), and a bag of spinach ($2.49) for a total of $6.52 ($7.14 with tax).

This meal specifically cost: $1.20 (call it $1.31 with tax), and it was tasty, and looked like something I’d be charged six times that for.

Just because you’re broke it doesn’t mean you have to eat shitty food. And if you’re feeling extra splurge-y you can throw any number of other veggies in this thing and up your health content for this meal. Mushrooms, and carrots are good additions, hell, maybe a green onion and sesame seeds if you’re a true chef with the cash to make that delicious dream a reality.

Yours in Food & Frugality,

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