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How to Microwave Pasta

Maybe you're a college student without a stove. Maybe you're less likely to set things on fire if you just use the microwave. Regardless of your reason, read on to learn how to make pasta in the microwave. It's simple to make and provides a quick, tasty meal.


  • Pasta, preferably elbows
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Parmesan cheese


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    Pour a small amount of pasta into a microwave safe bowl. You should only use ceramics or glass in the microwave, not plastic. About a half a cup or a one whole cup should be enough since pasta swells up after being cooked.
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    Add water to the bowl so the pasta is a couple of inches or several centimeters deep.
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    Place the bowl on top of a plate and put it in the microwave. The plate will catch any water in case it boils over, but it shouldn't.
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    Take the suggested time for cooking from the pasta box and add 3-4 minutes to this. Microwave the pasta for this amount of time. Depending on the strength of your microwave, it may take more or less time.
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    Check on the pasta when it's done and sample a piece or two. Pop it in for a few more minutes if it's chewy.
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    Strain the pasta over a sink. A small strainer would be the most efficient thing to use. If you don't have a strainer, you should be able to get most of the water out by tipping the bowl over the sink, pressing a large spoon to the edge, and being careful not to let the pasta slip out. You can also ladle it out spoonful by spoonful.
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    Heat up some sauce for about 35 seconds in the microwave. Or alternatively, use salt and butter or olive oil. Add your chosen seasoning to the pasta.
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    You're done! Bon appetit!


  • Make sure to stir the pasta every two minutes or so.
  • Make sure the meat is precooked if you do put any in there.
  • Put butter or little olive oil in the bowl to help the noodles not to stick.
  • Try adding pieces of meat or vegetables to the pasta to add some flavor. For frozen meat and veggies, you can throw them in with the pasta; just make sure to take them out a little early. If you are just reheating veggies or meat, toss them in with the sauce.
  • You can also pour cold water over the pasta after removing it from the microwave.
  • Do not pour cold water over your noodles, it only makes them slippery.
  • Remember that the strength of your microwave may change the amount of time it takes to cook.


  • Use caution when removing the bowl from the microwave. Use oven mitts or a towel to prevent it from burning your hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Strainer
  • Oven Mitts or Towel
  • Microwave

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