Use Your Noodle
Ramen is a super-convenient student favorite, offering easy preparation and incredibly low prices per serving. The price of packaged instant ramen noodles is often as low as 25 cents when on sale or bought in bulk online — and generally the same when substituting the same amount of dry spaghetti noodles or rice noodles. This leaves 75 cents for toppings and broth flavorings to replace the flavor packets that come with the instant ramen noodles, which contain tons of sodium and chemicals. A little inexpensive creativity with natural flavorings such as soy, vegetables, and herbs brings considerable variety to this cheap one-pot meal.