Fellow Pizza Freaks, the New Year is almost here!
It's a time for reflection on the year that's passed, setting our sights on the fresh year ahead, and asking ourselves: how will I make 2019 the most pizza-tastic year yet?
Naturally, by eating more pizzas and better pizzas than ever before! But first, to honor the pizza-riffic year that was 2018 and to welcome the New Year ahead, we've crafted a specialty New Year's pizza pie: a ramen NOODLE pizza!
Because nothing says "howdy, New Year" like a noodle pizza, am I right? More importantly, this ramen noodle pizza is actually chock-full of New Year's LUCK that can bring you a happier, longer life!!
Is it magic? No.
It's noodles. Baked into a pizza.
The Magic of a New Year's Noodle Pizza
A noodle pizza is truly the perfect pizza for a New Year's celebration, and not just because we say so. For one thing, there aren't too many traditional New Year's pizzas out there, surprisingly. But, there IS a real tradition of eating noodles on New Year's Eve in Japan.
At all times of year, it's customary to keep noodles long and avoid breaking or shortening them while they're cooking. And at New Year's, this is especially important because those long noodles signify a long life ahead! Several other cultures also celebrate the New Year with noodles, but in Japan there's a specific noodle bowl that's eaten on New Year's Eve: toshikoshi soba, also known as the 'year-crossing noodle.'
Soba noodles are also known as buckwheat noodles. They're very soft and easy to eat, and toshikoshi soba is meant to help those who dine upon it to let go of the hardships from the past year. Soba noodles are also extremely LONG—symbolizing long life! But, some say their lucky longevity magic only works if you slurp the noodles without chewing or breaking them...
So, before diving into a bowl of soba, work on that slurping technique! Lucky for you, it's also customary to slurp your noodles in Japan. That way, you eat the noodles quickly while they're still warm and the proper firmness, rather than soggy. And slurping is also considered a sign of respect that shows you're enjoying the meal!
Slurp the Pizza?
Okay, so we didn't use the traditional Japanese soba noodles for our noodle pizza. But we're thinking instant ramen noodles must have some longevity luck in 'em, too! (Also, they're just plain easier to make. And to form into a pizza crust.)
You likely (hopefully) won't be slurping your noodle pizza. And we'd say that's a smart move, if you're truly wanting a long life... But, honestly, we devoured this noodle pizza SO fast—seemed like the whole pie was gone in one fell slurp.
Happy New Year and happy long life!
Noodle Pizza Crust:
- 4 packages (3-oz each) ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded (unless you’d like to include some—we used a little bit!)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- sliced mushrooms
- green bell pepper, chopped
- sliced red onion
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- pepperoni slices
- fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- In a large pot of boiling water, add ramen noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until just soft, then drain and toss with oil.
- In a large bowl, combine eggs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and oregano, mixing well to combine. Add noodles and toss until evenly coated.
- Place noodle mixture onto lined pizza pan and form a crust. Spread pizza sauce evenly over crust and top with veggies.
- Bake 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and basil. (And extra veggies, if you want!)
- Bake another 5-8 more minutes, or until cheese melts.
- Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before slicing into wedges, serving, and eating the noodle pizza.
Yields 1 noodle-icious New Year's pizza.