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Cooking Pasta in a Microwave

Updated on February 5, 2014

The store

I got the pasta and the sauce in the picture below when I went to Dollar General primarily to get a snack. On just the pasta and sauce I spent only $3.

The beginning

So I got the idea to try for myself to cook pasta in a microwave from doing a Google search on what foods I could cook in the microwave. I wanted to learn what basic foods in general I could cook in the microwave since I live in the dorms.

The ingredients

Measuring it out

Honestly I didn't measure. I just poured in how much pasta I wanted. As you can see it wasn't very much but I was trying something new so I didn't want to use too much in case for some reason it didn't work out.

Next step: Water

After you add however much pasta you would like, it is now time to add the water. I filled the measuring bowl just barely bit more than I should have and the water boiled over a little bit. My advice is to only fill it around 2-4 centimeters past the pasta. I cooked it for about 5 minutes primarily because I like my pasta tender. But three to four minutes should be fine of course.

P.S.-If you cook more pasta than I did of course you will need to cook it longer than me. But you probably already knew that!

Add water

Prep and cook time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Varies


  • Pasta
  • Sauce
  1. For the prep, all you really need to do is gather the pasta you want and the sauce that you want. But you can always use cheese if you would rather.
  2. Cook time will vary depending on how much pasta you want to cook. It could range anywhere from 3-6 minutes. Make sure you cook the pasta in a microwave bowl of some kind.

Done cooking


Above is a picture of the pasta when it was done cooking. Once it is done cooking to your liking, drain any excess water from the bowl.

Add sauce and done!


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