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This Insanely Popular Microwave Pasta Cooker Will Change Your Life

Didn't think cooking pasta could get any easier? Think again.

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If you're still thinking, Okay, but who really *needs* a special plastic pasta maker? the answer is...lots of people!

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Think of the college students who often don't have stoves and/or kitchens, the people on a time crunch who can't spare the time to boil water, and those with tiny kitchens and/or zero storage space.

But also, consider people with mobility issues for whom simple tasks like reaching the stove, filling a pot with water, and lifting and emptying out the pot are pretty much impossible. All of these people are why the Fasta Pasta is a low-key miracle.

Now at first glance, you might think you could DIY your own by taking a basic plastic storage container and carving out some holes on the top. But there's so much more to it than that.

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The bottom part has lines that indicate exactly how much water and pasta to add, and the top acts as a strainer. It also has holes to help you measure out how much pasta to cook for one portion or two. And unlike a regular old pot and strainer, it takes up way less space and is remarkably easier to clean.

And if you don't trust me, trust the nearly 2,000 people who bought it and loved it so much they gave it a five-star review.

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Promising review: "I love to make pasta, but hate boiling a giant pot of water on the stove just to cook it. Now, I prepare it all the time; this makes it so fast and easy! It is great for making pasta salad in the summer, when I don't want to have to turn on the stove, and is great for camping as well. I love this so much, I actually purchased one for my stepdaughter and my best friend as well. Well made and dishwasher-safe, I have used mine for well over a year and it is still in perfect condition. Never want to be without this again!" —SpikeysMommy

Promising review: "This microwave pasta cooker works great! All-in-one cooking and straining is awesome! I cook for one most of the time and I just didn't make pasta often for myself because it seemed like a big production with too many dishes to wash. No more — I now enjoy pasta much more frequently than before. It cooks well, is cool to handle when the past is done without hot pads, cleans up easily. What's not to love?" —David J.

One gluten-free reviewer in particular had a *lot* to say about the life-changing magic of their microwave pasta cooker:

Promising review: "I live alone and find I use the microwave for a lot of my cooking. The Fasta Pasta makes microwave cooking pasta for one much easier. When I want pasta, it's quick and easy and the draining lid means a little less cleanup.

In my case, I cook gluten-free pasta. There are lots of brands, and tastes differ, so another may be your first choice. I cooked a mainly rice gluten-free fettuccine and using the guidelines in the brochure it came out great.

The lid is used to measure portions and as a sieve to drain the cooked pasta. It is NOT used during cooking! This was not obvious to me before reading the instructions, which are short, sweet, and worth reading. Cleanup was very easy and I recommend that if you don't wash it right away, fill it with water and a couple drops of dish detergent. I use my hands, not a dishwasher, though it is top-shelf-safe.

In conclusion, I didn't expect too much from the Fasta Pasta and my expectations were thoroughly exceeded. It is clear they designed it with clear thought about how it would be used. Most of all, my results have been excellent and very tasty. That's a five-star performance in my cook-for-one kitchen."

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Whether you're tight on time, space, money, or energy, there is nothing that some fast, perfectly cooked pasta can't cure — and the Fasta Pasta would love to be part of that remedy.

Reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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