How to Cook Gluten-Free Pasta in the Microwave

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Prep Time

3 mins

Cook Time

12 mins

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Making gluten-free pasta in an Anyday dish is super easy and perfect for those who need to avoid gluten To ensure that it’s perfectly cooked (and not gummy), first rinse the gluten-free pasta under cold water, just like you would with rice. The lid traps so much heat and steam that the starchy water can easily boil over, which is why we recommend cooking pasta uncovered. Still, getting spillover? Try using less water or lower your power level until you get it right!

Not only is the microwave a faster way to cook pasta than boiling water on the stove, but it's also more convenient and saves precious time in the kitchen. For extra flavor, throw in a pinch of salt before cooking

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well. Unless specified otherwise, all recipes should be cooked at full power."


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The Large Deep Dish

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1 cup GF penne

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w
700w

Recommended 

Dish

The Large Deep Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (100g) GF penne (rotini, fusilli, farfalle, gamelli, etc)
  • cups (350ml) water

Preparation

  1. Place the pasta into the Anyday dish and rinse with cold water to remove some of the extra starch until the water runs clear.
  2. Add the water to cover the pasta.
  3. Cook in the microwave uncovered for 12 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked to your liking. Try a noodle and add more time if needed!
  4. Drain any excess water, if necessary.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Creamy Garlic Parmesan: Add sour cream, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese to the cooked pasta for a quick flavor upgrade!
  • Pesto Chicken: Toss the cooked pasta with pesto sauce and shredded rotisserie chicken for a simple yet flavorful meal.
  • Tomato Basil Mozzarella: Mix cooked pasta with fresh diced tomatoes, torn basil leaves, and chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese, then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze.
  • Sausage and Broccoli: Add sliced apple sausage and broccoli 2-3 minutes before the pasta is done, then toss well for a hearty and savory dish.

Recipe notes

  • Gluten-free pasta should be rinsed thoroughly until the water runs clear to remove excess starch and avoid a gummy, undesirable texture.
  • Most pasta indicates the cook time on the package. If in doubt, use those instructions as a cook time guide.
  • Is your water spilling over? Make sure to always use a Deep dish when making pasta. Depending on the amount, size up from Large or Extra Large.
  • Want to experiment with a different pasta shape? Make sure that water is completely covering the before microwaving.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Gluten-Free Pasta

See for yourself— microwaving gluten-free pasta is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish* 10-11 mins
Stovetop* 15-20 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 20 mins
*Includes boiling time

All You Need to Know About Cooking Gluten-Free Pasta in the Microwave

How long does it take to cook gluten-free pasta in the microwave?

Ingredient Water Cook Time
1 cup GF penne (rotini, fusilli, farfalle, gamelli, etc) 1½ cups (350ml) water 12 mins
2 cups GF penne (rotini, fusilli, farfalle, gamelli, etc) 2 cups (480ml) water 14-15 mins
3 cups GF penne (rotini, fusilli, farfalle, gamelli, etc) 3 cups (700ml) water 15-16 mins
4 cups GF penne (rotini, fusilli, farfalle, gamelli, etc) 4 cups (950ml) water 18-19 mins
8 oz GF spaghetti (linguine, bucatini, etc) 3 cups (700ml) water 14-15 mins
12 oz GF spaghetti (linguine, bucatini, etc) 3½ (830ml) water 15-16 mins
16 oz GF spaghetti (linguine, bucatini, etc) 4 cups (950ml) water 17-18 mins
20 oz GF spaghetti (linguine, bucatini, etc) 6 cups (1420ml) water 18-19 mins
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

The microwave cooking time for gluten-free pasta varies, but a general guideline is 11-13 minutes or as suggested in the package for most amounts. Factors like quantity, microwave wattage, and desired texture play a role. For the best results, start with the lower time range and add more time as needed.

Why do I need to rinse the gluten-free pasta before cooking?

Washing gluten-free pasta before cooking helps remove excess starch from the surface of the noodles, preventing them from clumping together during cooking. Unlike traditional wheat-based pasta, gluten-free varieties often contain alternative flour like rice, corn, or quinoa, which can release excess starch when cooked. Rinsing the pasta under cold water before cooking removes this surface starch, resulting in a better texture and preventing the pasta from becoming gummy or sticky. Additionally, washing gluten-free pasta can help remove any residual debris or manufacturing residues, ensuring a cleaner and safer final dish.

Why is gluten-free pasta cooked uncovered?

We cook pasta uncovered to prevent overflow, which is common with starchy foods. Cooking without a cover facilitates better evaporation, reducing the buildup of excess moisture and minimizing the risk of overflow during the cooking process. This method ensures a smoother cooking experience, helping to achieve perfectly cooked pasta without the hassle of dealing with spills.

Can I cook different varieties of gluten-free pasta in the microwave?

Indeed, the majority of gluten-free pasta types, such as corn, chickpea, high-protein, and lentil-based varieties, can be cooked in the microwave. Although cooking times may vary slightly depending on the specific type, the overall microwave process remains consistent. This versatility renders gluten-free pasta an easy and flexible option for microwave cooking, accommodating various dietary preferences and culinary needs with convenience.

Is gluten-free pasta healthier than regular kind?

The healthiness of gluten-free pasta versus regular pasta depends on factors like ingredients and individual dietary needs. While gluten-free pasta may suit those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it's essential to consider factors like fiber, protein content, and added ingredients. Ultimately, the healthiness of either type depends on ingredient quality, portion size, and overall dietary balance.

What's the best way to dress up gluten-free pasta?

Nothing beats a good sauce! Try our Quick Bolognese,  Easy Tomato Sauce, Shortcut Bechamel, Romesco Sauce, or how does Shrimp Scampi over spaghetti sounds? All this and more options to dress up your perfectly cooked spaghetti can be found in our recipe library.

How do I know when gluten-free pasta is properly cooked in the microwave?

Achieving the perfect texture for gluten-free pasta involves cooking it until it is tender and flexible, with a slight al dente bite in the center. If you're uncertain about its readiness, test a small piece to ensure it's cooked to your preference. Remember that microwave power levels vary, so be prepared to adjust cooking times accordingly to achieve the desired consistency. With a little experimentation and adjustment, you can enjoy perfectly cooked gluten-free pasta every time.

How do I store leftover microwaved gluten-free pasta?

To store leftover microwaved gluten-free noodles, drizzle them with some olive oil to prevent them from sticking. Save in an  Anyday dish with the lid on in the refrigerator. It typically stays fresh for 3 days. To reheat, microwave it for a few minutes, periodically checking for the desired temperature. Once cool you can alzo freeze the cooked pasta in the Anytime Freezer Trays for up to 3 months, then reheat for 1-2 per puck in an Anyday dish.