Cooking pasta in the microwave may seem unconventional to some, but it’s a convenient and speedy method that can save you time, especially when you’re in a hurry. In this article, I will guide you through the steps on how to cook pasta in the microwave properly and perfectly
1. How To Cook Pasta in Microwave
- 2 ounces dry fusilli (spiral) pasta
- 1.5 cups of water
Place the dry fusilli pasta into the microwave-safe container and add enough cold water to completely submerge the pasta. If using spaghetti pasta. You just break them up so that they fit into the microwaveable bowl.
At this step, you can add a pinch of salt to the water to season the pasta while it cooks. Additionally, you can add a splash of olive oil for extra flavor and to prevent sticking. Stir the ingredients gently to mix them into the water.
Place a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap over the container, leaving a small vent for steam to escape. Microwaving without covering the container can lead to water boil-over.
Set your microwave to high power and cook the pasta for 11 – 12 minutes. The time to cook pasta in the microwave is the sum of the time listed on the package instructions, plus 3 minutes
After the initial microwave time, carefully remove the container from the microwave (use oven mitts or a towel to protect your hands, as it will be hot) and give the pasta a stir. Check the pasta’s doneness by taking a small bite. If it’s still too firm for your liking, return it to the microwave and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Once the pasta is cooked to your desired level of tenderness, drain any excess water from the container. Be cautious as the steam can be hot. Use a colander or a slotted spoon to drain effectively.
To serve, toss the cooked pasta with your favorite sauce, whether it’s a classic marinara, creamy Alfredo, or a simple olive oil and garlic sauce. Garnish with grated cheese, herbs, or any additional toppings of your choice.
Cooking pasta in the microwave is a convenient and efficient method that can yield satisfying results with minimal effort. Whether you’re cooking a quick weeknight dinner or need a simple meal in a pinch, following these steps will ensure you have perfectly cooked pasta ready to be paired with your favorite sauces and toppings.