20 Minute Ramen Carbonara.
20 Minute Ramen Carbonara…with Herb Buttered Corn!! This Italian meets Asian dish is such a fun twist on traditional ramen. Brown rice ramen noodles tossed with creamy Italian carbonara sauce, crispy bacon, and herby, buttery summertime corn. This simple recipe comes together in minutes using a mix of pantry staples, summer produce, and garden herbs. This ramen carbonara is a great, healthy…ish dinner for any night of the week.
I thought we’d kick the week off with something different, something fun, and of course, something so delicious. Only way to start the week off right.
First things first, yes, I know this recipe is unusual, but everyone, hear me out. This carbonara is so good. Not quite Italian, and not quite Asian, BUT so good and really that’s all that matters, right?
I certainly think so, I’m pretty excited about this new quick and easy summer carbonara using my favorite noodle ramen.
For any of you who might be a little unfamiliar, carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish. It’s unique in that it uses raw eggs. Tossing the raw eggs with hot pasta and plenty of parmesan cheese creates a delicious sauce. The heat from the pasta cooks the eggs and produces the silkiest, smoothest, and creamiest pasta sauce. It’s melt in your mouth good. If you’ve tried my roasted cherry tomato carbonara from many summers back then you know just what I’m talking about.
Carbonara is one of my go-to pasta recipes on busy nights for two reasons. Reason one, I use ingredients I almost always have on hand. Reason two, it’s super quick to make and requires very minimal prep.
Since I’m always making new versions of dishes I love, I figured it was time I switch up my carbonara. And why not have a bit of fun with the recipe at the same time…enter this ramen carbonara. It’s everything we all love about a classic Italian carbonara pasta, only instead of pasta, it’s made with ramen noodles. So…
Well, I’m not going to go that far and say it’s better, because I LOVE classic carbonara. But I also love this 20 minute ramen carbonara just as much.
Here are all the details.
Just like a classic pasta carbonara, the recipe starts with bacon. We crisp this up in a skillet until all the fat has rendered and the bacon is extra crispy. If you are vegetarian, or just prefer to not use bacon, that is totally fine. But I would recommend adding a drizzle of olive oil or butter to the dish to keep things saucy. Now, be sure to not skip the next step…
Since it’s prime time corn season, my fridge is currently stocked with at least 4 ears of corn on any given day. So tossing in I fresh corn kernels along with some crispy bacon was a no brainer. I added a touch of butter, some garlic, and lots of fresh basil and thyme. The corn caramelizes and becomes sweet, herby, and delicious. I found it particularly great with the parmesan favors happening through this recipe.
If you’re not a corn lover, spinach, zucchini, or even burst cherry tomatoes will also be terrific.
While the corn and bacon are cooking, whisk a couple of eggs with parmesan cheese and fresh basil. I like to do this in a large serving bowl with enough room to add all the cooked ramen noodles. This way you’ll dirty fewer dishes.
For the ramen, I LOVE this brown rice ramen, which is vegan and gluten-free. But you can use whatever your favorite brand of ramen is.
Now, it’s important to have the eggs mixed and ready to go before the ramen noodles are done cooking. Once the Ramen is finished, it needs to be drained and immediately tossed with the eggs. The heat from the noodles will cook the eggs and create that silky, creamy carbonara sauce. This step is really important, but don’t worry it’s also really easy. Just be sure to toss, toss, toss for a good minute until the sauce thickens and then you’ll have perfect ramen carbonara.
Add in the corn and bacon and serve up a few bowls of ramen carbonara topped with fresh herbs (I like basil and green onions), parmesan, and some black pepper too.
That’s it. Grab a fork. Chopsticks. Whatever utensil you please and enjoy.
Oh and major bonus? No need for an oven. Which is especially great since most of the U.S is experiencing crazy hot temperatures this week.
If you make this 20 minute ramen carbonara with herb buttered corn be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
20 Minute Ramen Carbonara with Herb Buttered Corn.
Brown rice ramen noodles tossed with creamy Italian carbonara sauce, crispy bacon, and herby, buttery summertime corn.
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or butter
- 2 ears corn, kernels removed from the cob
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 3 squares ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded
1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain onto paper towels. Add the oil or butter, corn, garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until the corn is golden. Stir in 1/4 cup basil. Remove from the heat.
2. Beat together the eggs, parmesan, and remaining 1/4 cup of basil, in a large serving bowl.
3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the ramen according to package directions, until al dente. Before you drain the noodles scoop out about 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain.
4. Immediately add the hot noodles to the egg/cheese mixture, tossing quickly (to ensure the eggs do not scramble) until the eggs thicken and create a sauce. The heat from the noodles will cook the eggs. Thin the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches your desired consistency. Add the corn and bacon, gently toss to combine. Season with freshly ground black pepper and salt.
5. Divide the ramen among plates and top with fresh herbs. Enjoy!
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