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Boiling Noodles in the Microwave

Boiling noodles in a microwave is much like cooking noodles on a stove, but without the pot.

You will only need a few simple supplies to do this.  The main cooking utensil is a really big bowl.  Pick a bowl that will fit at least 4 cups of water, or the biggest size that will fit in your microwave.  Make sure the bowl is sturdy and microwave safe.  A tupperware bowl will work, a styrofoam bowl will not, glass is great, but is heavy.

You will also need hot pads or hot gloves, the bowl will be hot when you take it out of the microwave.  One handy thing to do is grab your hot pad, or put on your hot gloves, then put plastic baggies over top of those.  Nothing hurts more then getting hot water on your heating pad.  Not only is your pad wet and hot, all the heat from the bowl now rushes right through it to your hand! 

Fill the bowl up from 1/2-3/4 of the way full with water, add a pinch of salt (important!).  Set it in the microwave and cook 3-6 minutes until boiling.  Watch the water carefully, one cup of water should boil in about two minutes.  

Boiling water in the microwave can be tricky.  If your water is too clean, it will get to the boiling point, but not actually bubble and boil.  This can cause the water to explode.  Its not really dangerous but is a pain to clean up (I know from experience).  If it has been microwaving for a few minutes and nothing is happeneing and it should be, carefully open the microwave and poke at it with a long fork or spoon to get the water moving around.  The addition of the salt should keep this from happening, but just in case.

Once the water is boiling, turn off the microwave and carefully remove the bowl from the microwave.  Add the pasta being careful to make sure the water doesn't get too close to the top of the bowl, or spill over.

Place the bowl back in the microwave and cook for another 5 minutes or so.  Check the pasta for doneness every few minutes.  It should still be a little firm, chewy but not crispy, soft but not mush.


"Wait! I dont have a collander (bowl with holes) or a sink!"

See this post for tips if you don't have a sink in your room, or easy access to one.

If you dont have a collander get those plastic baggied oven-mitts back out and a spare plate.

Set the plate ontop of the bowl so it seals around the top of the bowl, sometimes you have to put the bottom of the plate towards the inside of the bowl.  Slide the plate so there is a small hole between the edges of the plate and bowl, and carefully pour off the extra water.

You have now made pasta in the microwave!


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 15th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! A perfect snack for 2 AM.
Jul. 27th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Great ideas and site. Keep up the good work.
Have a good day and thank you.
Don Osborne
Nov. 26th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
I do that too.
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