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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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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