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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.


*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.