Prep 5 mins
Cook 12 mins
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.
- 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.
- Cook in the microwave at full power until water boils (2:30 minutes for 1 cup and 5 minutes for 2).
- Add all the other ingredients except pasta. Stir.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cook another minute at full power, then stir, making sure all the pasta is covered by water.
- Cook 6 to 8 minutes, depending on how wide the pasta is, at 350 watts until the pasta is done.
- Drain the water away and serve however you like it.
- 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.