Pasta. Noodles. Carbohydrates. Regardless of what you call them, it is no secret that these rolled pieces of dough are a staple of the college student’s diet. Quick, easy, and cheap to make, noodles provide a filling meal due to the high amount of carbohydrates.

The problem is that these meals usually end up being very bland because you’re doing the same thing every time! Why complain about your boring noodles when you can add a few extra ingredients to spice things up? Here, we have five different ingredients you can use to really satisfy your tastebuds, sourced from fellow Saint Joe’s students.

1. Scrambled Eggs

Who said you couldn’t have breakfast for dinner? Take this and add it to your ramen noodles for a source of protein! This one comes from Alex Ventola ’19, who consistently uses it in his ramen. Put some bacon in there and really make it your breakfast in a bowl.

2. Garlic & Onions

“I cannot make or eat pasta without adding these two,” Jess Arends ’20 insists. While this combination may not be ideal for your breath, they do produce quite a strong flavor. These simple ingredients can certainly make any bland dish better.

3. Cayenne Pepper

If you’re looking for that spicy kick in your noodles, look no further than cayenne pepper flakes. Deanna Martin ’19 adds this one to her favorite pasta dishes, as it “makes the flavor really come out in the meal.” It has also been claimed that cayenne pepper can boost your metabolism, making this a potentially healthy ingredient.

4. Cinnamon

If you’re looking for something sweet rather than spicy, try using cinnamon. “I use cinnamon whenever I’m making a bolognese sauce for my pasta,” explains Mary Schweiker ’19. It may seem odd that cinnamon could be used as a pasta ingredient, but the strong taste does provide a sweeter kick that will definitely make your pasta unique.

5. Tabasco sauce

Who knew that you could use hot sauce instead of regular pasta sauce for your noodles? Greg Jones ’19 is a regular user of hot sauce on his noodles. This may be the most controversial ingredient on the list, but for those with strong tolerances for heat would love another meal to douse in hot sauce.

What is great about these ingredients is how cheap and accessible they are for college students. You can take a quick trip to the grocery store and find these products for only a few dollars each. There is no need to settle for a bland meal because it’s cheap, when you can add in these additional ingredients and still stay within your budget.


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