There are days you are willing to cook up a storm, and then there are days you are looking for something comforting, probably in a big bowl or mug, that you can take to your bed and dig in peacefully. It is not possible to hustle in kitchen everyday, mug recipes are ideal for one such lazy day and a lazy cook in you. All you have to do is throw all ingredients together in a mug, put it in a microwave and you are done. Now that sounds like a cakewalk right? And there you were saving your mugs for coffee and milkshakes all this while. You can make a range of things in a mug, from gooey chocolate cakes to a fluffy omelette. Guess what, you can cook some pasta in your mug too!
It is a fairly simple recipe, particularly handy for those odd-time cravings. Now, you do not have to postpone your pasta plans for another day, for you can make some for yourself in a matter of minutes. Here’s a cheesy pasta recipe that has been one of our favourite lockdown recipes. Try and take a big enough, microwave-friendly mug for this. Do not use plastic mugs, or mugs that have a metallic body.
- Fill half of the mug with macaroni or penne and then add half a cup of water, add a teaspoon of salt.
- Now, place this mug in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to cook the pasta al dente (good enough to bite into but not very mushy).
- Add 1/4 cup of milk along 1/2 a cup of cheese. You can also play around with the ingredients and add onions, celery, boiled mushrooms, chicken chunks or chopped leeks.
- Put the mug back in the microwave and continue cooking in intervals of 30 seconds, keep stirring occasionally and gently, for about 1 to 1 and 1/2 minutes.
- And finally, garnish your pasta with herbs like thyme, parsley or rosemary. Eat while it’s hot and cheese-y.
It is advisable to use small-sized pasta like macaroni, farfalle, fusili or penne as they do boil sooner. As we said, it is your pasta so experiment as much you want with the recipe (Think: all sorts of cheese, processed, parmesan, brie et al).
Happy cooking! Don’t forget to send us pictures of what you cooked.
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About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.