|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||24%|
|Total Carbohydrate 80g||29%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||17%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This recipe not only cooks in the microwave oven, but you can reheat it the same way. Everything—the pasta, sauce, and meat—cooks together in one dish, making for flavorful pasta and super easy clean-up. Try it the next time you're in a hurry for pasta.
It's surprising that you can cook pasta in the microwave, but it makes sense if you think about it. You can find products on late-night television now that promise you can cook pasta in a container with hot water. Pasta doesn't technically need to be cooked in rolling boiling water; it just needs to rehydrate in hot water. That's why this recipe works.
To successfully cook pasta in the microwave oven, make sure the spaghetti is covered with liquid and that it's not sticking together. You do need to stir the casserole a few times while it's cooking so the spaghetti absorbs the liquid properly. And standing time is important; the food will finish heating and the pasta will absorb more flavor.
Serve this dish with a green salad tossed with mushrooms, grape tomatoes, and a tangy Italian vinaigrette.
Gather the ingredients.
In a 3-quart microwave-safe casserole, place the beef, onions, and garlic, crumbling the beef to break into small pieces.
Microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring once to break up meat.
Microwave on high for 2 more minutes until the beef is browned and thoroughly cooked. Drain off any excess fat, if necessary.
Add spaghetti sauce, water, uncooked spaghetti, and basil to the casserole dish.
Mix gently to combine.
Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap, venting one corner, and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
Stir well. Cover casserole again and microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes longer. Stir well.
Sprinkle with cheese, cover again, and microwave on high for 7 to 8 minutes longer until spaghetti is tender.
Let stand 4 minutes before serving; don't skip this step! The food has to stand so the heat distributes evenly and there are no super hot spots you could burn yourself on.
Serve and enjoy.
- A classic tomato sauce works best for this recipe since it has enough water in it to help cook the pasta.
- You can use your favorite store-bought sauce or a quick and easy homemade marinara sauce.
- Swap the ground beef for lean ground pork, sausage, or ground turkey.
- Leave off the cheese if you're dairy-free, or top with dairy-free Parmesan cheese after cooking.