How to cook pasta in the microwave so it is tender and ready to make butter noodles. Yes you can boil pasta in a microwave perfectly now and serve it as a side dish or quick snack. Then make macaroni and cheese when done.
Question of can you cook pasta in microwave is answered here! You totally can which may come in handy if you don’t have an oven or stove handy. In just a few minutes you can cook macaroni noodles or any other type tender or al dente. (affiliate links present)
How to Make Pasta in the Microwave
Why would you need this? Well if you are looking for an easy RV meal or something you can make in a hotel room it might come in really handy. Throw in some butter and/or shredded cheddar cheese to transform it from plain to the ultimate yum.
Yes I do make a lot of pasta recipes in a pressure cooker but you may not have one of those handy, or at all. All you need is a bowl, plastic wrap, water and butter and/or salt if desired. Oh and have a few pot holders handy too because it does get quite hot in there and nobody wants to get burned.
If you have tried our angel food cake in a mug you are just getting started. That taught you that you can make something delicious without turning your oven on. Now there is no boiling required when cooking any sort of pasta you choose. From spaghetti noodles to penne, macaroni or egg noodles you should try this.
How to Cook Egg Noodles in the Microwave
The same goes for this style or how to cook penne pasta in the microwave. The only difference is timing. If you don’t like it as al dente you’d add a few more minutes, that is the only adjustment. The instructions remain the same but egg will take a bit less where as larger would need a little longer.
As you might assume you’re going to need some way of boiling water in the microwave. The way you do this is to trap the heat inside that bowl so it gets hot enough to work. If you had a sealed bowl of some sort you could choose that but typically those are plastic and I don’t like to use plastic right up against my food when cooking.
Instead when you want to microwave noodles a piece of saran wrap will work great. Note that in the middle when you stir and replace it you may need a new piece. If you have used this you know that it kinda’ shrinks up when heated so it may not fit on the second 3 minute go around.
- What you do is pour your dry pasta noodles and hot water into a large microwave safe bowl (I like glass). Cover with plastic wrap and set microwave on high for 3 minutes.
- Stir and cover again (may need new piece of wrap).
- Return to the microwave oven to heat for 3 minutes cooking time on 50% power, not “regular” setting. Let stand for 1 minute before stirring and serving.
- This is how to change power level on microwave instructions
After it cooks in the microwave and is as soft as you’d like them to be you can drain what liquid is remaining and add whatever you like. Butter noodles would need butter and we like a little garlic salt and parmesan cheese.
Butter Noodles in Microwave
Butter noodles are a really cheap and easy pasta dish you can enjoy as a snack between meals or as ann easy side dish with some protein. There would be enough here for 2-3 people if it’s just an add on. If you’re an empty nester this would come in handy for a smaller meal.
Another one we love that is super easy for a few would be this one pot spaghetti. Yes you need a stove for this but only well, one pot to make it. Much easier cleanup and costs about 5 bucks total to feed up to 4.
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How to Cook Pasta in the Microwave
- 1 Bowl
- 1 c noodles small, elbow macaroni
- 1 c water hot
- Place macaroni pasta noodles and hot water into a large microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and heat on high for 3 minutes. Stir and cover again (may need new piece of wrap).
- Return to the microwave to heat for 3 minutes on 50% power. Let stand for 1 minute before stirring and serving. Drain, add butter to melt and enjoy.