Microwavable spaghetti in cheesy meat sauce
With the extreme heat that we're having in Arkansas right now, I am trying to conserve energy and not heat my home up while cooking. So today I made a huge bowl of yummy thick spaghetti in my microwave oven for twenty-six minutes.
For this recipe, I chose to use Old World Style Ragu, Mama's Special Garden pasta sauce, but you can use any type of sauce that you prefer. My main goal today was to simplify the recipe so that I wouldn't have to use my rangetop.
- 1 pound of thick spaghetti noodles (16-ounce package)
- 2 pounds of lean ground beef
- 1 ½ cups of shredded garlic cheese
- 1 teaspoon of garlic flakes
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1-24-ounce jar of pasta sauce (I used Ragu Old World Style, Mama's Special Garden Sauce)
- Enough hot water to cover the noodles in a microwavable one gallon-sized bowl
First, add the pasta inside a one gallon sized microwavable bowl, then add enough hot water to cover the spaghetti noodles. I broke the noodles in half so that they'd all be immersed in the water.
Transfer the bowl to the microwave, and set it to cook for seven minutes on high. When the seven minutes are up, take the bowl out of the microwave, and stir the noodles. Check for doneness.
Next, drain half of the water off the noodles, and leave the rest in the bowl. Transfer back to the microwave and cook the noodles for seven more minutes. At this point, keep checking the pasta for doneness. My noodles were cooked perfectly al dente after the last seven minutes and the water was almost fully cooked off.
No two microwaves cook food at the same rate of time. This is why it is crucial to watch over the pasta when it's placed back in the microwave for the second time.
In a separate large microwavable bowl, add the meat and seasonings; stir well. Place the bowl of meat in the microwave and cook the meat. Mine was well done in twelve minutes.
While the meat is cooking, add half of the shredded cheese to the hot noodles. Then add the jar of pasta sauce; stir well. (Do not heat the sauce, the hot noodles will heat the sauce up automatically.) Then finish adding the rest of the cheese, stir and cover the spaghetti with a lid.
Once the meat has cooked, add it to the noodles, and give it a good stir.
Serve and enjoy!
I only used one jar of pasta sauce for my spaghetti. If you prefer a lot of sauce, use two jars.