One Bowl Microwave Lasagna

This single serving pasta bowl cooks in the microwave and is ready in less than 10 minutes!

So this isn’t your traditional layered lasagna. But it does consist of lasagna noodles, tomatoes, and cheese. And it tastes pretty darn good.

Ever since I made my One Skillet Lasagna, my husband has been requesting it on a pretty regular basis. I love it nearly as much as he does. The only problem is, it makes one really large skillet full which should theoretically serve a few people or last us a few meals. but we consume almost the entire thing in one sitting!

I decided to try making a single serving version so we wouldn’t be tempted to eat an entire pot of lasagna. But it seemed like a lot of work to make such a small amount on the stove. And so I decided to use the microwave instead. It took a few tries to figure out the best way to make this.

My initial attempt involved dumping the sauce, water and noodles and trying to cook them altogether. A good idea in theory, but really, really messy in reality. In the end, I cooked the noodles first, then added the tomatoes, sauce and cheese at the end. It’s fast, easy and definitely hit the spot. I’d say it also successfully limited me to eating one serving, but I actually ate all the messed up ones too, so that didn’t quite happen.

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One Bowl Microwave Lasagna


  • 2 sheets of lasagna noodles, each sheet broken into 6 rectangle pieces
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese


1. In a very large microwave-safe bowl (use one that is both wide and tall and can hold at least 20 oz of liquid), add lasagna noodles. Add in 12 oz of water. The water level should cover all the noodles and should only reach about halfway up on your bowl. If you use a bowl that is too small, too much of the water will boil over and not enough will remain to cook your noodles.

2. Place your bowl onto a large plate, to catch the water spillage that will occur once the water starts to boil. Put plate and bowl into microwave and cook for about 2 minutes. Give your pasta a very quick stir to keep it from clumping. The water will be hot but likely not yet boiling. Cook for another 2 minutes. At this point, the water should have reached a boil and some of it may have spilled onto your plate. Quickly dump out the water spilled onto the plate, give your pasta another quick stir and check how close the pasta is to being done.

3. Pot your plate and bowl back into the microwave. Cook your pasta for approximately 2 more minutes. At this point your pasta should be al dente. If it isn’t, you can cook a little longer. Drain water from pasta, reserving 1 tbsp of water in your bowl.

4. Add in chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce. Give your sauce a quick stir to even it across your bowl. Sprinkle on basil. Sprinkle cheese over top. Put bowl back in microwave. Cover surface with a paper towel (otherwise your tomato sauce may splatter) and cook for approximately 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, or until cheese is completely melted and tomato sauce is warmed. Serve immediately.


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