I have boxed chicken broth I want to quickly make in the microwave and I want to add either tiny stars pasta, or "small soup shells" pasta. Both pastas are tiny, about 1/4 inch width & height. I don't have a stovetop available. How can I make everything in the microwave, preferably together/all at once? I would like a way to make about a quart at a time, including pasta, about 2-3 servings, maybe a quarter cup of pasta... I never made either of these pasta forms so don't know how big they will expand so I'm thinking a couple Tablespoons to a quarter cup dried pasta.

Thanks for any help!

  • Welcome! Is your goal to have a soup with pasta in it, or just end up with pasta with very little broth remaining?
    – Erica
    Dec 1, 2018 at 21:04
  • My intention was to have a soup with more liquid volume than noodles, but when I talked to Chinese restaurants they put TEN wontons in a quart container of wonton soup. If you took out 5 wontons, the broth barely covers the remaining 5 wontons.
    – MARK KAY
    Dec 2, 2018 at 3:41

2 Answers 2


i's put the pasta in regular water and microwave them for a couple of minutes; try 3, 4 minutes and adjust for doneness.

Once they are done, add them to the already heated up soup.

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    Is there a reason not to cook it in broth? That can help boost the flavor of the pasta, and also mean less cooking time overall.
    – Erica
    Dec 1, 2018 at 22:17
  • I find it better to cook in the broth, then add back some water if it soaks up too much
    – Joe
    Dec 2, 2018 at 1:01
  • Thanks @GloriaZ and everybody; I'm not sure of the proportions but I'll save the shells for a soup that has more ingrredients and try the stars first, maybe 3/4 cup to 2 cups of broth. I also intend to add rotisserie chicken, I have about half a quart bag of breast meat. I'll tear some up, maybe 1/2 cup per quart of soup? I'm not used to how things work here, I've made a couple other comments before I saw the @ directions...
    – MARK KAY
    Dec 2, 2018 at 4:20

Great idea! And yes, I add chicken broth/stock to replace water in many things. You may need additional seasoning, but just like the previous answer above, you just need to bring the liquid to a boil in the microwave, so 5-6 minutes should do it! I would leave the pasta to rest for a couple minutes extra to ensure it absorbed enough broth to become tender.

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