How to Cook Spaghetti in the Microwave

If you’re cooking out of a dorm or small kitchen, you can still make delicious meals. Decide if you’d like to microwave the noodles using tap water or boiling water and oil. Once you’ve microwaved the noodles, serve them with your favorite jarred pasta sauce. Keep in mind that you can also microwave a hearty meat sauce that’s great with spaghetti.

EditMicrowaving Pasta


Serving size varies

EditFor the Pasta
10.5 ounces (300 g) of uncooked spaghetti noodles

of vegetable oil, optional

Boiling water as needed

Makes 4 servings

EditFor the Premade Sauce
1 jar of pasta sauce

Serving size varies

EditFor the Meat Sauce
1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 carrot, diced

of lean ground beef

1 14-ounce (411 g) can of chopped tomatoes

of boiling water

1 beef stock cube or 1 teaspoon (2.5 g) of powdered bouillon

1 teaspoon (2 g) of dried oregano

Black pepper, to taste

Makes 4 servings

EditMicrowaving Pasta
Break up the spaghetti noodles and place them in a bowl. Get out as much spaghetti as you’d like to cook in the microwave. Then break the noodles into halves or thirds and put them in a microwave-safe bowl.[1]

Pour enough water to cover the noodles by . You can use room temperature water or just run water from the tap into the bowl. It’s important that the noodles are completely submerged.[2]
The noodles will double or triple in size as they cook which is why they need to be covered with the water.

Microwave the pasta for 3 minutes longer than the package instructs. Put the bowl in the microwave and read the pasta cooking instructions. Set the timer for 3 minutes longer than the manufacturer’s recommendations.[3]
For example, if the package says to boil the noodles for 9 minutes, you’ll need to microwave them for 12 minutes.

Drain and use the cooked pasta. Carefully remove the hot bowl from the microwave. Set a colander in the sink and slowly pour the hot pasta into it so the water drains into the sink. Then top the cooked pasta with your favorite sauce.[4]
Refrigerate leftover cooked pasta in an airtight container for up to 3 to 5 days.

EditCooking the Pasta Using Boiling Water
Break the dry spaghetti noodles and put them in a bowl. Get out 10.5 ounces (300 g) of uncooked spaghetti noodles and break them into thirds. They should easily fit into a microwave-safe bowl without sticking out.[5]

Coat the pasta with oil and pour in boiling water. Add of vegetable oil to the dry noodles and stir until they’re all coated. Then pour in enough boiling water to cover the noodles by at least .[6]
Mixing the noodles with oil will prevent them from clumping together as they cook in the microwave.

Microwave the spaghetti for 8 minutes. Put a lid on the dish or cover it with plastic wrap. Set the dish in the microwave and heat the pasta on full power for 8 minutes. Stop and stir the noodles once they’re halfway cooked.[7]
Use caution when you stir the spaghetti since the dish will be hot.

Remove the spaghetti and let it sit for 2 minutes. Once the spaghetti has rested for a few minutes, test a few noodles to see if they’re as soft as you like. If they’re too firm for you, return the noodles to the microwave and cook them for 2 more minutes.[8]

Drain and serve the spaghetti with sauce. Set a colander in the sink and slowly pour the cooked spaghetti into it. The hot water should drain into the sink. Then serve the hot spaghetti with your choice of sauce.
To store leftover spaghetti noodles, put them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 to 5 days.

EditMicrowaving Premade Sauce
Pour a jar of pasta sauce into a large bowl. Choose a microwave-safe bowl that’s large enough to contain any splatters from the sauce. If you want to microwave a smaller portion, just pour as much as you need into the bowl.[9]

Microwave the sauce in 30-second increments. Put the bowl of pasta sauce in the microwave and use LOW power to heat the sauce. Stop and stir the sauce every 30 seconds as it heats.[10]
Keep in mind that it will take 2 to 3 minutes to heat a full jar of pasta sauce while a single portion might only take 1 minute.

Spread the hot sauce over your cooked noodles. Once the pasta sauce is as hot as you’d like, remove it from the microwave and spoon it over cooked spaghetti noodles. Serve the sauce and noodles while they’re hot.[11]

EditCooking Meat Sauce in the Microwave
Chop 1 onion, 1 garlic clove, and 1 carrot. Peel the produce and set them on a cutting board. Then use a sharp knife to chop the onion into pieces and mince the garlic clove. Dice the carrot into pea-sized pieces and transfer everything to a large microwave-safe bowl.[12]
If you’re short on time, buy a package of ready-cut onions and carrots to use.

Mix of lean ground beef with the veggies in the bowl. Mix the meat into the chopped vegetables as you break it into smaller pieces. This will help the beef cook evenly.[13]

Cover the bowl and microwave the mixture for 3 minutes. Lay a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl with the meat and vegetables. Then cut a slit in the plastic wrap so steam can escape. Microwave the meat and vegetables for 3 minutes using high power.[14]
If you don’t want to use plastic wrap and the bowl has a lid, set the lid on the bowl so it’s slightly askew and steam can escape.

Use caution when handling the dish since it will become very hot.

Microwave the meat mixture for 3 more minutes. Keep the mixture covered and microwave it until the meat is no longer pink. To ensure it’s finished cooking, insert a meat thermometer into the center of the dish. The meat should reach .[15]
If the meat is still slightly pink or hasn’t reached , cover and microwave it for 1 more minute before checking it again.

Drain off any visible grease from the bowl once the meat has finished cooking.

Stir in the tomatoes, water, stock, and oregano. Open a 14-ounce (411 g) can of chopped tomatoes and add it to the bowl with the meat and vegetables. Stir in of boiling water, 1 teaspoon (2 g) of dried oregano, and 1 beef stock cube or 1 teaspoon (2.5 g) of powdered bouillon.[16]

Microwave the meat sauce for 7 minutes. Lay the plastic wrap or lid back on the bowl and heat the sauce on full power. The sauce should begin to bubble and become fragrant.[17]
Taste the sauce and stir in ground pepper according to your taste. It’s safe to taste the sauce since the meat is already cooked.

Microwave the sauce for 10 more minutes before serving. Remove the lid and stir the sauce well. Then set the lid or wrap back on the bowl and heat the sauce for 10 more minutes. Stir it at the halfway point so the sauce cooks evenly. Carefully remove the sauce from the microwave and spoon it over the cooked spaghetti.[18]
Cover and refrigerate leftover meat sauce for up to 3 or 4 days.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditMicrowaving Pasta
Microwave-safe bowl


EditCooking the Pasta Using Boiling Water
Microwave-safe bowl

Lid or plastic wrap



EditMicrowaving Premade Sauce
Large microwave-safe bowl


EditCooking Meat Sauce in the Microwave
Measuring cups and spoons

Large microwave-safe bowl

Knife and cutting board


Plastic wrap or a paper towel

To help pasta heat evenly in the microwave, don’t put it on a plate in a circular mound. Instead, make a hole in the middle, so it’s in the shape of a donut or ring. This helps it heat faster, and more evenly.[19]
For gluten-free spaghetti, skip the pasta noodles and cook spaghetti squash in the microwave instead.

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Today in History for 31st January 2019

Historical Events

1893 – “Westminster Gazette” begins publishing
1934 – FDR devalues US dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce
1961 – NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he’ll resign
1972 – Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
1978 – “Elvis: The Legend Lives!” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
2000 – Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Blaž Arnič, Slovenian composer, born near Mount Raduha, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
1915 – Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I’ve Got a Secret)
1915 – Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time ’57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
1964 – Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
1968 – Michael Sinclair, American football defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Galveston, Texas
1974 – Bob Mulder, Dutch football player (Appingedam, FC Groningen), born in Delfzijl, Netherlands

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Famous Deaths

1398 – Emperor Sukō (b. 1334)
1942 – Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
1967 – Eddie Tolan, American sprinter the “Midnight Express” (1932 Olympics), dies at 58
1970 – Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I’m a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
1974 – Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
2007 – Lee Bergere, American actor (Star Trek, Soap, Dynasty), dies at 82

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How to Clean Leather Furniture

Leather furniture may look intimidating to clean, but it’s surprisingly easy to care for! With some regular upkeep, like vacuuming and wiping it down with a microfiber cloth once a month, you can keep your furniture looking in tiptop shape. Treating stains on your leather furniture is fairly straightforward, too—ink, grease, and drink stains can all be cleaned up with a little care and attention.

EditMaintaining Your Leather Furniture
Vacuum the entire piece of furniture once per month. Use the attachments on your vacuum to sweep the cracks and crevices of the furniture. Remove any cushions and vacuum away all visible dirt. Use the soft brush attachment to clean the surface of the furniture, too.[1]
Always use the vacuum attachments rather than picking up the entire vacuum and putting it on the furniture. The weight of the vacuum and its sharp edges could easily scratch the leather.

Wipe the furniture down with a microfiber cloth from the top to bottom. Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to give the entire piece of furniture a thorough wipe down. Start at the top of the furniture and work your way down so that any dislodged dust or dirt will fall to areas that haven’t been wiped clean yet.[2]
While you’re wiping the furniture down, take note of any areas that are stained or particularly dirty so you can treat them later.

Mix together equal parts vinegar and water to create a cleaning solution. In a small bowl, combine of water with of white vinegar. To prevent spilling the mixture, place the bowl on the ground near the furniture that you’re cleaning.[3]
Test out new cleaning products on an inconspicuous area first just in case it doesn’t react well with the leather.[4]

Use the water and vinegar to wipe away any dirty areas you noticed. Dip a clean microfiber cloth into the solution and squeeze it out so that it’s damp, but not dripping. Use a gentle, circular motion to clean away dirt and grime. It’s not necessary to clean the entire piece of furniture, though it won’t hurt the leather to wipe the whole thing down.[5]
Be very gentle if you’re cleaning unprotected leather, as it is much easier to scratch and damage.[6]

Dry off the water and vinegar with a clean microfiber towel. After you wipe down the piece of furniture, take a clean, dry microfiber towel and wipe away any excess moisture that remains. Avoid letting wet spots air dry.[7]
If the microfiber cloth gets too wet while you’re drying off the furniture, use a fresh, dry towel.

Apply a conditioner to your furniture every 6 to 12 months. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before you apply the conditioner. Generally, you’ll apply the conditioner to a clean washcloth and rub it into the leather using gentle, circular motions. Make sure to check how long the conditioner needs to be left alone before you use the furniture again.[8]
Test the conditioner out on an inconspicuous area of the furniture before applying it to the entire piece.

EditTreating Stains
Blot away spills as quickly as possible after they occur. As soon as a spill happens, grab some clean paper towels to wipe away the bulk of it. Once that is done, take a clean, dry washcloth and blot the stained area by pressing down on it repeatedly.[9]
Blotting the spill should help draw up any liquid or matter that has already started to set into the leather.

Wipe away grease with a dry cloth and baking soda. If your leather is stained with butter, body lotion, oil, or any other kind of grease or fat, use a dry washcloth to wipe off as much of it as you can. Once the grease has mostly been removed, sprinkle enough baking soda over the stain so it’s completely covered. Leave the baking soda on the stain for 2 to 3 hours, then wipe it away with a clean cloth.[10]
Don’t use water to wipe away grease stains. Water could actually cause the grease to set into the leather, rather than clearing it away.

The baking soda helps draw the grease out of the leather, making it easier to wipe away.

Use rubbing alcohol to address ink stains on your leather furniture. Dip a cotton ball into rubbing alcohol and gently squeeze it out so it’s not dripping wet. Then dab the cotton ball against the ink stain to remove it from the leather. Dab in an up-and-down motion, rather than rubbing the area. Stop once the stain has been lifted.[11]
Depending on how big the stain is, you may need to use more than 1 cotton ball. The stain should transfer from the leather to the cotton ball, so when you notice the cotton looks stained, trade it out for a fresh one.

Dab away juice and soda stains with a clean cloth and distilled water. Dampen a clean cloth in distilled water, and blot any areas on your leather furniture that have been stained by water-based liquids. After the stain has been blotted, leave the spot to air-dry.[12]
The water and cloth will clean away any stickiness left from the liquid.

Mix together lemon juice and cream of tartar to clean beige leather. Mix together of lemon juice and of cream of tartar in a small bowl. Spread the mixture over the stained area. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wipe it clean with a damp washcloth.[13]
Don’t use this method on darker pieces, as the lemon juice could lighten the leather.

Don’t saturate leather furniture with water. Always use a cloth to wet the furniture, rather than pouring water directly onto it.[14]
Avoid ammonia, furniture polishes, saddle soap, and detergents when cleaning protected and unprotected leathers, as they can actually stain the leather themselves.[15]
If there is a really stubborn stain you can’t get out on your own, it may be time to call a professional.

Keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources if you can. The sun and heat can dry out the leather and make it crack or even change the color of the leather.[16]
Read the manufacturer’s instructions prior to cleaning the leather to see if there are any special directions.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditMaintaining Your Leather Furniture
Vacuum with attachments

Microfiber cloths


White vinegar

Small bowl

Leather conditioner

EditTreating Stains
Paper towels


Baking soda

Rubbing alcohol

Cotton balls

Distilled water

Lemon juice

Cream of tartar

Small bowl


EditRelated wikiHows
Clean a Leather Sofa

Care for Leather Furniture

Clean Grease Stains on Leather

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How to Make Pizza Bagels

Pizza bagels are a great alternative to regular pizza, especially if you have a sudden craving but don’t have the time to run to the store. They are easy to make since half of the work is already done for you: the crust. Once you know how to make a basic pizza bagel, you can experiment with all sorts of unique flavors and combinations.

1 bagel, sliced in half

2 tablespoons (30 mL) of pizza sauce

8 slices pepperoni or salami

2 tablespoons (15 g) Mozzarella cheese, grated

Serves 1 to 2

EditMaking a Basic Pizza Bagel
Preheat your oven to . This may take a while, so prepare your pizza bagel while you wait for it to heat up.[1]
If you want to use a microwave, skip this step and move onto the next.

Place a sliced bagel face-up on a baking sheet. A plain bagel is a great choice, but you can also use a savory bagel, such as wheat, everything, or asiago. Make sure that the cut side of each bagel half is facing up.[2] Make clean-up easier by covering the baking sheet with aluminum foil first.[3]
If you are making this in the microwave, use a microwave-safe plate instead.

Don’t use a sweet bagel, like cinnamon raisin. These flavors won’t mix well with the pizza sauce and cheese.

Spread 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of pizza sauce over each bagel half. The exact amount of sauce does not really matter; you can use more or less to your liking. Plan on using about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) per bagel half, however.[4] If you don’t have pizza sauce, try pasta sauce or herbed tomato sauce.

Add 1 tablespoon (7.5 g) of shredded mozzarella cheese to each bagel. You can use more or less cheese if you want, but make sure that you spread it evenly across the top of each bagel half.[5] You can use other types of cheese too, such as Cheddar, Parmesan, or a blend.

Top the bagels off with pepperoni slices, if desired. You should be able to fit 4 mini pepperoni slices or 2 regular pepperoni slices on each bagel half.[6] If you really want this to look like a mini pizza, then stick with the mini pepperoni slices; they should be in diameter.
No pepperoni? Try salami instead![7]
You don’t have to add the pepperoni or salami if you don’t want to.

Bake the bagels until the cheese has melted and turned bubbly. This will take about 10 minutes in an oven.[8] If you are using the microwave, then 1 minute to 1 minute and 30 seconds should be plenty.[9]
If you are making only 1 pizza bagel slice in the microwave, cut the cooking time down to 35 to 45 seconds; you don’t need to adjust the baking time for the oven, however.

EditTrying Variations
Make a Guido pizza with sliced onion, sausage, and bell peppers. Cut an everything bagel in half, then coat it with pizza sauce. Add some grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. Top it off with sliced red onion, Italian sausage, and sliced red bell peppers. Bake it until the cheese melts, then garnish it with fresh basil.[10]
Chop the Italian sausage into small pieces—aim for something about the size of a blueberry.

Make sure that the Italian sausage is cooked or fried beforehand.

Cut the basil into thin slices to distribute the flavor evenly.

Create a Southwestern pizza with barbecue sauce, chicken, and onion. Spread some barbecue sauce over a sliced bagel, then sprinkle a 4-cheese blend over it. Chop a grilled chicken breast into cubes, then mix it with more barbeque sauce. Add this to the pizza, along with some onion slices. Bake the pizza, then garnish it with chopped parsley.[11]
You probably won’t use all of the grilled chicken for the pizza, which is fine.

Make the grilled chicken cubes small—about .

Try a Greek-style pizza with onion, artichoke, olives, and tomato. Slice open a sesame bagel, then coat it with hummus. Add some sliced onions, marinated artichoke, kalamata olives, and roasted tomato. Add a sprinkle of feta cheese, then garnish it with oregano. Bake the pizza, then garnish it with some chopped parsley.[12]
If you don’t like hummus, you can use pizza sauce instead.

Cut the marinated artichoke into smaller pieces and slice the olives in half lengthwise.

Go gourmet with olive oil, basil, caramelized onions, and mushroom. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over a sliced pumpernickel bagel. Add a few fresh basil leaves, then a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella. Top it off with caramelized onion and sliced mushroom. Bake the pizza, then garnish it with chopped basil.[13]
Use enough basil leaves to cover the bagel. How many you use depends on the size of the basil leaf. Expect to use 1 to 3 leaves.

Slice the onion beforehand, then sauté it in a frying pan until it turns a golden brown color. Don’t sauté the mushrooms; use them fresh.

Try a supreme pizza with pepperoni, ham, bacon, and bell pepper. Spread pizza sauce over a sliced bagel. Add 5 slices of pepperoni, then top it off with diced, cooked ham, bacon bits, and chopped green bell pepper. Finish it with a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese, then bake the pizza.[14]
If your bagel has a large hole in the middle, cover it up with a slice of pepperoni.

You can find bacon bits in the salad garnish section of a grocery store.

If you can’t find bacon bits, fry a strip of bacon until it is crunchy, crumble it into bits, and use those instead.

Use mini bagels to make mini pizza bites. Use the same process and ingredients, but with mini bagels instead. The main difference is that you’ll have to use smaller amounts and cut the ingredients into smaller pieces. For best results, bake the pizzas at for about 6 minutes.[15]
Rather than slicing your toppings, chop them into tiny pieces instead. This will make them more proportionate and help distribute the flavor.[16]

Get inspiration from other pizza recipes for your pizza bagel. Look up a pizza recipe online or in a cook book. Top your bagel off with the recommended sauce and toppings. Don’t worry about the amounts; just use whatever feels right and looks tasty. Bake the pizza at for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
You can make just about any type of pizza on a bagel, including Hawaiian, margarita, and vegetarian.

Lightly toast the bagels before you add the sauce. This will help keep them from absorbing too much moisture and turning soggy.[17]
If the bottom of your bagel browns too fast, place a wire rack on the baking sheet first, then bake the bagels on that rack.[18]
Arrange the toppings to make a smiley face or cut them into fun shapes, like hearts or stars. This is great for kids![19]
Prepare a larger batch of pizza bagels, then freeze them for a few hours without baking them. Put them into individual zippered bag, then store them in the freezer.[20]
To reheat frozen pizza bagels, microwave them on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or bake them at for 15 to 20 minutes.[21]
EditThings You’ll Need
Oven or microwave

Baking sheet or plate



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Make Pizza Dough

Toss Pizza Dough

Make Pizza Without a Dough Crust

Serve a Bagel Breakfast

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Today in History for 30th January 2019

Historical Events

1804 – Scottish explorer Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
1858 – Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
1933 – Grimmett takes 7-86 for SA in Qld 2nd inn, 13-135 for match
1945 – “Wilhelm Gustloff” torpedoed off Danzig by Soviet sub-c 9,400 die
1961 – Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
1962 – UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola

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Famous Birthdays

1915 – Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
1922 – Pal Jardanyi, composer
1928 – Harold Prince, US producer/director (West Side Story, Evita)
1931 – John Crosbie, Canadian politician
1943 – Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
1981 – Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

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Famous Deaths

1384 – Louis II, Count of Flanders, dies at 53
1881 – Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
1975 – Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
2005 – Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
2015 – Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
2015 – Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

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