Noodlemania! 50 Playful Pasta Recipes

June 11, 2013

Carbs are delicious.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

When I first took a look at Noodlemania! I was slightly hesitant to give it a try. After all, there are no kids in the May Squared house (despite the copious amounts of fruit snacks that would suggest otherwise).

But, I love noodles.

I also like things that are fun.

And this cookbook has both.

Let me tell you a little about the book. It has 50 recipes centering on noodles. You have your basics like Pizza Pasta Bake and your not so basics like Crunchy Cinnamon Noodle Ice Cream Sundae.

All of the recipes are incredibly simple—yet adorable. Example: Little Ladybug Salad. It’s a pasta salad with the cherry tomatoes made to look like ladybugs. Super cute! I’m tempted to try it even though I really dislike fresh tomatoes.

With guided supervision, most kidletts could probably make most of these recipes. It’s a theory I plan to test on my nephews.

Back to Noodlemania! I mentioned that I enjoy some good funsies. Now, not only are the recipes fun–but the actual cookbook is also filled with playfulness. Cute pictures and noodle facts usually accompany each recipe. The budding elementary school chef in me is in love. The substantially older current Stephanie is also impressed.

Now, I decided to try out one of the sweet recipes and settled on the Sweet Trail Mix. It’s a combination of nuts, M&Ms and sugared ramen.

Results: Mostly successful. Due to poor planning, I had to make the ramen twice. Let’s just say that the super sensitive smoke detector was justified in screaming at me. But the overall results are solid. It’s a great little snack and the cinnamon and sugar end up dusting the nuts and cranberries.


Sweet Trail Mix

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 package ramen noodles, broken into small pieces
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dry-roasted almonds
1 king-size bag M&Ms
1/3 cup salted sunflower seeds kernels

Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl and set aside. In a frying pan, melt the butter. Add the broken noodle pieces and stir to coat. Discard the seasoning package. Stir in the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture and cook over medium heat for a minute or two. Let cool completely on parchment paper.

Mix it up. I used a gallon size plastic bag. It’s also what it’s stored in.

Recipe: Noodlemania!

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