How to serve a filling meal for only 1 dollar per person


Nicholas Jordan

Malik’s Bombin’ Ramen

Serves 1

Cook Time

5 minutes

The cost of food has recently been impacted by inflation. In addition, most dollar stores now charge $1.25 for most of their items. According to the USDA, it costs between $611 and $1,217 to properly feed a family of four per month. The lower end of that statistic allows $5 per person allotted per day.

For a poor college student or a struggling parent (maybe both), this recipe is a must. This recipe serves 1 but can be repeated easily enough to provide a meal to an entire family for only $1.00 per person. 

Technically, people can’t really buy everything for a single dollar. But if you break everything down: The cup of noodles costs about 60¢, the single slice of cheese costs about 20¢, and an egg costs about 25¢. In the end it costs about $1.00 per person.

This cheap and simple recipe is perfect for rainy days as well as a late night snack. Not only is it comforting to eat, but it can be a good remedy to the common cold. The steamy broth warms up the system and the hot sauce opens up the sinuses.

At the cost of just $1.00, this delicious recipe is not to be passed over.


  • Maruchan Instant Lunch Ramen Noodle Chicken Flavor
  • 1 American single slice of cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salt and pepper


  • Microwave
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Fork (for draining water)


  1. Fill the cup of ramen with water and microwave for 2 ½ minutes.
  2. Place the slice of cheese in the bowl.
  3. Crack the egg and place on top of the cheese.
  4. After the ramen is done cooking, drain the broth over the egg and cheese in the bowl. (Optional: Break yolk with a fork)
  5. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 1 ½ minutes.
  6. Once the broth is done, mix in the noodles from the cup of ramen.
  7. Serve with salt and pepper and hot sauce to taste.