Lékué Pasta Cooker
First off, it’ll save you time since there’s no need to wait for your water to boil. Second, it’s even easier than boiling water. Simply follow the instructions on the pasta box.
There’s no need to break your spaghetti in half, the vessel is long enough to accommodate it. Plus, you can wash, cook and drain all in the same vessel. The lid becomes the strainer/colander.
Serves 3–4 people. Able to withstand temperatures from -76°F to 428°F.
- Manufactuer: Lékué
- Material: Base is PBT plastic. Lid is silicone. BPA-free
- Care: Safe to use in the microwave, oven, freezer, refrigerator and dishwasher
- Dimensions: 10½" x 4" x 3"
- Warranty: Lékué offers a 10-year warranty for manufacturer’s defects, and will replace any item with the same or similar item, if the item fails during use. Warranty not effective for commercial use
- Manufactured in Spain. Assembled in China
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Only me at home, so not having to boil a big stockpot of water to cook spaghetti or linguine is a big win in my book.
Pasta comes out great every time for me
I haven't had any issues with pasta being mushy. Maybe it would be mushy if it cooks too long
I put a layer of rotini at the bottom of the cooker and covered it with water and put it into my 900 watt, .9 cu microwave. The supports at the bottom of the long container just fit inside the glass platter with the ends of the cooker hanging over the sides. I doubt it would fit into a microwave smaller than .9 cu.
The rotini cooked up perfectly in 9 minutes. Since this first small batch came out so well, I cooked the rest of the rotini in it for 9 minutes. I didn't check for doneness and the pasta was not cooked through. I should have increased the time after doubling the amount of pasta and water. Now I check for doneness before pouring out the water.
It is tricky draining through the lid, even with it turned up side down (which I didn't do at first). So hot water splashed on my hands. I gave up using the lid as a drain. Now I simply use a spaghetti fork to remove the pasta the same way as from a pot.
I've used the cooker two more times with different shapes of pasta and I'm getting the hang of it. It is faster and easier than the old fashioned way, but still requires some practice to make perfect pasta.
PS The instructions that come with the cooker are very skimpy, but the Lekue website provides a free pasta cookbook in PDF format. I downloaded it but I have not made any of the recipes yet
The first time, following the directions, there wasn't enough water, and I had to add more. The second time, I added the extra water and even stirred halfway through because of sticking issues the first time, and the water was all over the microwave plate.
Both times 1/4 of the pasta was stuck together. Adding oil or spray to the unit might be the trick, but I don't want to have to remove the microwave plate each time to clean it..
I'm not an amateur cook by any means, and can adapt and improve always.. But I'm still not there yet on this device.
We don't cook small amounts of pasta, which might eliminate my issues.
So, I can't recommend this unit yet, but after I play with it some more, and I adapt and learn, I will update this
Questions & Answers
Can you add oil and salt to the water when you microwave the pasta???