Q: I just moved into my dorm on campus and the food here on campus, well it varies from greasy pizza and some really sketchy salads. Luckily, we have a commons that has a microwave so I have been living off of anything microwavable. I miss spaghetti, though. Is that microwaveable?
A: Ugh, dorm food. Sometimes a meal plan covers everything a student could need, but other times, it leaves a lot to miss when it comes to a wholesome “whole cooked meal.” Thankfully, yes, spaghetti is a unique dish that can be made and reheated in a microwave with ease.
“Yes, you can Microwave Spaghetti”
The process is just as straightforward as making it on the stove, it only takes about 2-3 minutes longer. Simply break the noodles into thirds (sorry, can’t follow the “no break” rule, shame on us) and place into a microwave safe bowl where you can submerge them. You should place a plate underneath the bowl, just in case it boils over.
Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes longer than it says you need to boil them on the stove. This is because when cooking on the stove, the water is already hot. In the microwave, you have to bring it up to boiling from tap water temperature.
If you would like al dente noodles, you will want to check them before microwaving them for any longer. Since microwaves vary in size and wattage, you may need to check them from time to time. 45-second intervals will be sure not to over cook them and make mush (unlike you like them like that.)
Drain off your excess water and add your sauce. Cover (so you don’t have to clean the microwave afterward) and microwave for 30 seconds to make the sauce piping hot.
If you have leftovers, simply add some water (about 2-3 tablespoons) and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, and microwave in 30-second intervals as until heated through. If the noodles are dry (but not hard), add just a little more water.
Make a little stockpile and step away from the ramen. You now have a way to enjoy quick, easy, spaghetti on campus, away from home.