Originally Posted by pacanis
Yeah, cute name.... It's something I saw on QVC to cook pasta in. Basically a long tupperware type container with a water resevoir in the bottom (don't know why, since you put much more water than that in) and a lid you snap on to drain the pasta when it's done being..... microwaved. Hence the fasta
name I assume, but they never did tell you how long the pasta cooked for. They kept mentioning "al dente" and I wasn't sure if it cooked the pasta beyond al dente or not.... lots up in the air.
But, it had some great selling points, namely it's faster than boiling a large amount of water and having a large pot to clean plus using a collander or drainer. It also keeps lasagna noodles more "intact" and whole since they aren't tumbling around a large pot.
I have a couple pasta pots and I don't like them at all. Spaghetti always seems to find its way part way out of the holes. Let it dry there while you eat and it's practically baked on. You end up using your fingernails to scrape mooky spaghetti from both the inside and outside of the drainer.
Let's see..... what
was my question..... oh yeah, has anyone here ever microwaved pasta? Does it come out tender (I don't like anything al dente)?
The containers looked nice for cooking veggies in as well if you are in the mood for nuking them, but if I got them it would be for the specific purpose of trying to find a better/easier/quicker way for me to cook spaghetti. I just never heard of microwaving it before
Haven't tried this product, but have nuked pasta in a plastic-like gizmo with holes years ago. Only problem was, the widget was too small - only made about a serving or so. Received a free sample from the market of a nuke-able mac 'n cheese, that came out fine, but didn't care for the processed sauce.
Did a search & went to the reviews on QVC's site - there are over 100. Reading through the first few - sounds like folks are pleased with the product. You can always return it if you're not satisfied. They do stand behind their merchandise.
Did some more poking around, & see you can make other dishes as well. I have made shrimp scampi in the microwave, & it turned out great - just don't over cook. Here are some recipes you can prepare:
Fasta Pasta Cooker - Product Information
And... an overall descrip:
Microwavable Pasta Cooker - Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker
Re Al dente:
Cooking times are for Al-dente textured pasta. Al-dente means cooked so as not to be soft; firm to the bite. If you prefer a softer texture, you can cook for 1 additional minute or let the pasta remain in the cooker for a few minutes.
Noticed QVC sells two, but you can find one on ebay.
I'm tempted to try one myself.