Penne Pasta

Penne Pasta

The purists might insist that boiling in salt water is the only way to cook pasta, but the microwave more than holds its own when it comes to perfectly al dente penne.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


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.


Power Level

Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 


Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

PL 10 = 100% = High (default)
PL 9 = 90% = High
PL 8 = 80% = Med-High
PL 7 = 70% = Med-High
PL 6 = 60% = Medium
PL 5 = 50% = Medium
PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low
PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low
PL 2 = 20% = Low
PL 1 = 10% = Low

You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.


Cook Times

Grain ½ cup1 cup1 ½ cups2 cups
Water 1 cup1 ⅓ cups1 ¾ cups2 cups
Time 10 mins10 mins10 mins13 mins

Max Quantities

Medium Deep Dish: 1 cup 

Large Deep Dish: 2 cups


  1. Add pasta to an Anyday deep dish. Stir and spread pasta in an even layer. 
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave at the power level above for the time listed. 
  3. Strain the remaining water.

Cooking Tips

  • Always use an Anyday Deep Dish to cook grains (the water will likely overflow in the Shallow Dishes). Do not cook more than the max quantities listed above.