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Healthy Dorm-Room Pasta

Healthy Dorm-Room Microwave Pasta

Healthy Dorm-Room Microwave Pasta takes 4 ingredients, a microwave & microwave-safe pasta maker. It's a 10-minute lunch or dinner that couldn't be simpler. The perfect office lunch: add in some greens or cooked vegetables to make it even healthier.
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 inch -wide bunch of spaghetti*
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (about 15 grinds)

OPTIONAL ADD-IN IDEAS

  • 1/4 tsp. dried Italian herbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (or vegan alternative)
  • 1/2 cup total of any of the following:
  • torn arugula leaves
  • cooked asparagus or broccoli
  • cooked chicken (or vegan alternative)
  • canned tuna drained well (or vegan alternative)

Instructions

  1. Break the bunch of pasta in half and lay flat in the bottom of the pasta cooker. Add the salt and 1 cup of water; shake gently from side to side to mix. 

  2. Microwave uncovered for 6-7 minutes, watching carefully to be sure that the pasta doesn't dry out (add another 1/4 cup of water if it does). Stir after 3 minutes to break up any clumps of pasta. 

  3. After 6 minutes, check the texture of the pasta to see if it's done to your liking: after the microwave has turned off, open the door and let the pasta cooker sit for ~10 seconds. Carefully remove the cooker from the microwave using the handles of the pasta cooker. Use a fork to remove a single strand of spaghetti; check its texture. Return the cooker to the microwave, if necessary, and continue cooking as needed until the spaghetti reaches your desired texture.

  4. When the spaghetti is slightly past al dente, there should be only about a tablespoon of cooking liquid left.** Don't drain it! Add the pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, Parmesan cheese (if using), and any additional optional ingredients.*** Toss the pasta with a fork to completely coat the spaghetti. Serve.

Recipe Notes

*To measure the pasta, make a ~1/2" circle with your index finger and your thumb: cook the pasta that you can fit into the circle!
**If there IS a lot more liquid than about a tablespoon, carefully drain the excess. You can also microwave for an extra 30 seconds, which will allow the pasta to absorb some of the remaining liquid. If there's LESS than a tablespoon left in the cooker, don't sweat it: the pasta will still be great!
***If you are adding tuna or cooked chicken, you may want to cover and microwave for 20 seconds after you add it to the pasta.