Ramen Noodle & Beef Skillet

If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, this inexpensive Ramen noodle casserole in a skillet should be added to your menu. It appeals to kids and adults alike, and tastes a lot better than I thought it would. After all, I like Ramen noodles. They are great in a pinch, super cheap.. I mean, what are they? 10 cents per package?? But it took me a long time to give in and try them in a different way other than as a bowl of soup.

Recipe for super easy, quick and frugal dinner! Ramen Noodle & Beef Skillet - Amanda's Cookin' @amandaformaro

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