How to Cook Rice and Pasta in Microwave

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rice-and-pastaCooking rice and pasta in the microwave gives excellent results, though no time is saved. The plus factors, however are that the texture and taste are both good, there are no sticky pans to contend with - and the kitchen doesn't get hot and steamy. Use a large bowl, since the liquid will boil up during cooking and there is nothing more irritating than having to mop up spills.

 

It is essential to use a large bowl, since the liquid will boil up during cooking and there is nothing more irritating than having to mop up spills. I find a large ovenproof glass one works well. You can watch as it cooks. All varieties of rice cook well in the microwave and it is heaven not to have it sticking to the bottom of the pan! Any excess liquid will be absorbed by the rice during the standing time, and it will just need fluffing up with a fork to serve.

Do ensure that pasta is totally immersed in the water during cooking and if cooking long strands, such as tagliatelle or spaghetti, soften them first in boiling water to make it easier to immerse.

Cover the bowl loosely with pierced clear film or a lid during cooking, and remember to take care when removing the covering after cooking. It will release a cloud of scalding steam so remove film from the side of the bowl furthest away from you first to allow the gush of steam to escape.

I find it best when cooking a pasta dish such as Spaghetti Bolognaise, to cook the spaghetti conventionally in a pan of boiling salted water and whilst this is cooking, reheat the spaghetti sauce in the microwave so that both are ready to serve at the same time.

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