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    Cooking Pasta in the Microwave

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    17 mins

    5 mins

    12 mins

    Hani Selamat's Note:

    This method is useful for cooking for a single serving or two of pasta. Ideally, use a 1 1/2-quart ceramic pot. According to "Microwave Cooking for One" by Marie T. Smith, the shape and arrangement of the food in the microwave makes a difference in its cooking. This recipe is from the previously mentioned book.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 -2 cup water
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
    • 2 ounces pasta

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Pour 1 cup of water into a microwaveable pot for short pasta like elbow and ziti. Pour 2 cups of water for long pasta like linguine and spaghetti.
    2. 2
      Cook in the microwave at full power until water boils (2:30 minutes for 1 cup and 5 minutes for 2).
    3. 3
      Add all the other ingredients except pasta. Stir.
    4. 4
      If adding short pasta, cook for 12 minutes at 350 watts (50% power if your microwave is 700 watt), until water is absorbed. Serve however you like it.
    5. 5
      If adding long pasta, the ends will stick out of the pot. Cook for 1 minute at full power. The pasta in the water will have softened, and you can then push the ends into the pot.
    6. 6
      Cook another minute at full power, then stir, making sure all the pasta is covered by water.
    7. 7
      Cook 6 to 8 minutes, depending on how wide the pasta is, at 350 watts until the pasta is done.
    8. 8
      Drain the water away and serve however you like it.
    9. 9
      To increase the recipe, add 1 cup water for each additional 2 oz of pasta. Cook the water until it boils, then follow the recipe above exactly, because all the other cooking times remain the same.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cooking Pasta in the Microwave

    Serving Size: 1 (297 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 221.4
     
    Calories from Fat 17
    88%
    Total Fat 1.9 g
    3%
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    1%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 588.9 mg
    24%
    Total Carbohydrate 42.5 g
    14%
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    7%
    Sugars 1.0 g
    4%
    Protein 7.4 g
    14%

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