Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pasta in a Mug... NO. Pizza in a Mug... YES!

The Omelet in a Mug was so successful that I was really excited to make my next meal in a mug. I chose a pasta dish, with elbow macaroni, tomatoes, broccoli and cheese. 



It was not a success. I'm not going to link to the recipe because you shouldn't make it. Not because it wasn't tasty - it was pretty good. But because it did not fulfill the promise of a mug meal. A mug meal should be easier and faster than cooking a dish conventionally. This took just as long and took just as much effort as making it on the stovetop. And it left my microwave a mess. See the way the tomatoes spattered like crazy?

I've done some googling and found people who swear by mug pasta. Perhaps there are some great recipes out there and I picked a dud. Though reading through a bunch more, it appears that the recipe I tried is very similar to a lot of the others. If you have had success with mug pasta, link the recipe in the comments and I'll give it a try. 

Fortunately, the disappointing Pasta in a Mug did not deter me from trying Pizza in a Mug. It was, in a word, awesome. And I actually followed the directions! Well, mostly. I used canola oil instead of olive oil, left off the pepperoni, and skipped the dried herbs. For me, that's as close as I get to following a recipe.

Here it is heading into the microwave:



And this is what it looked like a little over a minute later. 



Yum. So cheesy and good!



Don't expect a traditional pizza crust. It's a biscuit base - and a tasty one at that. I suspect that the same base would be fantastic in a lot of other applications. I'm going to have to do some experimenting!

If I have any complaint about this dish, it's that measuring 1/16 of a teaspoon is not easy. It doesn't matter to me because I always eyeball measurements anyway, but I know it would drive Steve crazy not to be able to measure precisely. Knowing him, he'd probably weigh a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda, then add precisely 1/4 of that to the mug, with an accuracy down to the fraction of a gram. He's reading this, so I'm sure he'll let me know if I'm right or wrong in the comments. 

4 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! And I'm Team Steve... LOL!

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  2. Interesting. I like pizza.
    I don't eat any microwaved food because I don't have a microwave oven.

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  3. I never measure either ... it looks close, it's good ;) Sounds yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Well, my scale doesn't do fractions of a gram, so I need to get a new scale. I'll get right on it and get back to you. ;)

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