Did you know you can cook spaghetti and all kinds of pasta directly in the microwave?
Angel hair pasta is one of my favorites. Making it in the microwave is incredibly easy. In less than 15 minutes, you can be sitting down to a big steaming bowl of pasta and your favorite Netflix show.
You’ll need a microwave-safe casserole dish. An 8 x 8 square one is perfect for doing this.
You’ll make the whole thing directly in the casserole dish. Add the water, olive oil, and salt and then the pasta. You’ll need to break the pasta in half to fit nicely in the casserole dish. Then, make sure to spread it out in a criss cross way so that it doesn’t clump together as it’s cooking.
Most importantly – KEEP THE DISH UNCOVERED! If you cover the dish while it’s cooking, the water will boil up and out and make a huge mess in the microwave — I speak from experience.
For this example, I used crushed tomatoes. I just love the flavor of crushed tomatoes, but some people (like my husband) don’t. So, about half a jar of spaghetti sauce will work just as great as crushed tomatoes.
Cooking Pasta in the Microwave
I cook the pasta for 9 minutes total in the microwave. After doing this a million times, I’ve found pulling it out at the 6-minute mark and giving it a good stir really helps prevent the pasta from sticking together in big clumps.
Then, when it’s finished at 9 minutes, you’ll be surprised at how little water is left. I drain it, so the sauce won’t be too runny. But, truthfully, if you let it sit another 3-5 minutes, it will probably soak up the rest of that water, if you never made it to the store for a colander to drain it.
If you are using a thicker pasta like spaghetti or linguine, you’ll probably need and extra few minutes in the microwave. I’d check at the 9-minute mark and then keep microwaving for an additional 3 minutes before checking if the pasta is done. Then, check again every 2-3 minutes until it’s done.
- 8 oz angel hair pasta, broken in half
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- dash of salt
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 14.5 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoon parmesan cheese
- optional: 1/4 mozzarella cheese
- Add water, salt, and olive oil to microwave-safe casserole dish
- Break the angel hair pasta in half and criss cross in the water.
- Cook for 6 minutes on HIGH in the microwave.
- Remove and stir the pasta.
- Cook an additional 3 minutes.
- Drain the pasta.
- Add the can of crushed tomatoes, garlic, and 1 teaspoon of parmesan cheese and mix it up.
- Top with the rest of the parmesan and enjoy!
You can swap out the crushed tomatoes for 1 to 1 1/2 cups of spaghetti sauce.
I prefer the minced garlic in olive oil, but dried minced garlic works well, too.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 534mg Carbohydrates: 50g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 10g Protein: 11g