Cooking on your own can be a hassle in college. From making your way to the kitchen to washing your own pots and pans, let’s just say that the lazy way is the best way. Hallelujah for microwaves, because now you can make pasta right in your dorm room.

This recipe only requires any type of short pasta (like elbows), some water, whatever else you want to throw on top, and a little microwave magic. Seriously, you can’t mess this up.

Microwave Pasta

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:17 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup pasta noodles
  • Water
Photo by Hui Lin
  • Step 1

    Place noodles in a large, microwave safe bowl.

  • Step 2

    Add water to the bowl, enough to completely cover all of the pasta plus about 1 inch.

  • Step 3

    Look at the cook time on the box on pasta you are using, add 3-4 minutes, and microwave.

  • Step 4

    Drain the remaining water out of the bowl.

  • Step 5

    Add any kind of sauce or toppings you want and enjoy.