Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T Smith
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Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!
Pasta was invented by the Chinese as early as 5000 B.C. There are more than
600 pasta shapes produced worldwide,
with the most popular being spaghetti.
Did You Know?
In 18th century England, macaroni was a synonym for
perfection and excellence. That's why, for example, the feather in Yankee Doodle's cap was called
"macaroni." In fact, the word "macaroni" means "dearest darlings" in Italian.
One cup cooked spaghetti provides about 200 calories, 40 grams
of carbohydrates, less than one gram of total fat, no cholesterol and only one gram of sodium when cooked without salt.
According to Miss Manners (a.k.a. Judith Martin), a fork is the only
utensil that may be used to eat spaghetti while anyone is looking.
Egg noodles contain egg; almost all other dry pasta shapes do not. By
federal law, a noodle must contain 5.5 percent egg solids to be called a noodle. So without egg, a noodle really
isn't a noodle.
Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States. It seems that he fell in
love with a certain dish he sampled in Naples while serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. In fact, he promptly ordered
crates of "macaroni," along with a pasta-making machine, sent back to the States.
Can't get your fill of Pasta Trivia? Visit the National Pasta Association's website,
Fun Facts About Pasta!
Do I Need a Special Utensil to Cook Pasta in the
No. You can use the recipes (see below) from
Microwave Cooking for One without purchasing a special utensil
to cook pasta in the microwave. There have been rave reviews for the
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makes it simpler for you to cook pasta in the microwave, and you
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Pasta in the Microwave
Since Mom was of Italian heritage, pasta was a regular weekly meal in our home when I was growing up.
It seems to be a popular meal in many American homes, based upon the numerous emails I've received asking how to cook it
in the microwave. It has reached the point where it is much simpler for me to provide this information for everybody, instead
of answering requests individually, so here are the instructions for cooking pasta in the microwave from Microwave Cooking
for One by Marie T Smith.
Method 1: Small Macaroni
To cook small macaroni (elbow, rotelle, ziti, etc.):
1 cup water
¼ tsp. salt
¼. vegetable oil
Pour water into 1½-quart Corning Ware pot. Cook
2:30 minutes (_____) at 100% power until water boils. Add salt and oil to water and stir.
2 oz. macaroni
Spread out macaroni in pot. Cook 12 minutes (_____) at 50%
power until water is absorbed. Place on plate, top with your favorite sauce, and serve. (See
recipes for Pasta Sauce and Vegetarian Pasta Sauce in Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T Smith, or
make a big batch and freeze it using Momma's Microwave Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe.)
Method 2: Long Macaroni
To cook long macaroni (linguine, spaghetti, vermicelli, etc.):
2 cups water
¼ tsp. salt
¼. vegetable oil
Pour water into 1½-quart Corning Ware pot. Cook 5:00
minutes (_____) at 100% power until water boils. Add salt and oil to water and stir.
2 oz. macaroni
Place macaroni in pot. Ends will stick out of pot. Cook 1
minute (_____) at 100% power. The macaroni in the water will have softened. Push exposed ends down into pot.
Cook 1 minute (_____) at 100% power. Stir macaroni with fork, making sure all of it is covered by water.
Cook 6 minutes (_____) [8 minutes (_____)] for spaghetti) at 50% power until macaroni is done. Drain
macaroni in strainer. Place on plate, top with your favorite sauce, and serve. (See recipes for
Pasta Sauce and Vegetarian Pasta Sauce in Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T Smith, or make a big batch
and freeze it using Momma's Microwave Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe.)
NOTE: To increase this recipe,
add 1 cup of water for each additional 2 oz. of macaroni. Cook water until it boils, then follow recipe as given. Cooking time
remains the same.
Cooking times are for a 700-watt oven. For best results with this and any other microwave recipe,
please be sure to go to Timing of the Microwaving
Tips section for a complete explanation of timing in the microwave. (We provide conversion charts to help you find the correct
times foryour oven!)
For a listing of all the pasta recipes in Microwave Cooking for One,
If pasta has become a popular mainstay at your dinner table, why not serve it in style with one of these beautiful
Pasta Bowl Sets? They're also great for serving soups
or salads! And of course, they're safe for the microwave!
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