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Pasta may seem like the simplest of foods to cook, but it's easy to get wrong. Take it out of the pot too soon and your dinner is crunchy instead of al dente; leave it too long and your meal is mush. Pasta 'n More is a set of specialized dishes for cooking pasta perfectly, in the microwave. While it is accompanied by an instruction manual, best results are obtained by trial and error. Nevertheless, it is an efficient way to boil pasta that does not heat up the kitchen or require stirring as making it on the stove top does.

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Boil water for 10 minutes in Pasta 'n More's main cooking dish if you are using it for the first time. Throw out the water.

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Fill the main cooking dish with water to the line recommended for the amount of pasta you are cooking. Two servings of spaghetti require filling it to the number 2 line.

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Use the handle to measure the desired portions of pasta. Two portions of spaghetti is equal to two filled handles.

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Add the pasta to the water. Place the dish in the microwave.

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Heat for 15 to 27 minutes or more, depending on the amount and type of pasta; 15 minutes is recommended for two portions of spaghetti, whereas 27 minutes is sufficient for a full package of penne or similarly shaped pasta.

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Drain the water using the included strainer lid. Add sauce as desired. The pasta is now ready to eat.

Tip

If your pasta comes out overcooked or too hard, try different cooking times. Imperfect results may be due to your microwave's wattage or the type of pasta you are using.

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John DeMerceau is an American expatriate entrepreneur, marketing analyst and Web developer. He now lives and works in southeast Asia, where he creates websites and branding/marketing reports for international clients. DeMerceau graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.