20 Comfort Foods You Can Whip Up in the Microwave
Sometimes you need a soothing meal but you don't have the time to spend slaving away in the kitchen. You want comfort food and you want it in a hurry. Thanks to the microwave, you can whip up a snack, meal, or dessert with no fuss. Creamy soups, crispy potato chips, gooey dip, and old fashioned dishes like mac and cheese or meatloaf can all be made quicker and easier thanks to the microwave. Clean up is easier too when you don't have multiple pots and pans to wash afterward. Whether it's a treat just for you or the whole gang, comfort is just a few minutes away.
Microwave Scalloped Potatoes
Silky smooth scalloped potatoes are the perfect side dish. Reviewer Harthut recommends using a food processor slicing blade to make preparing the potatoes a breeze and also substituting heavy cream for the milk for an even richer and creamier dish.
Mom's Goulash in the Microwave
A delicious one-pot meal that combines macaroni, ground beef, vegetables, and tomato sauce, this recipe was adapted for the microwave. Recipe creator Terry McIntire says "Microwave temperatures vary, so keep checking to see if these power levels work for you." Use leftover pasta or prepared and packaged pasta for this meal to be made entirely in the microwave.
Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake
Ready in less than 10 minutes, this treat recipe for one relies on pantry staples. Switch things up with different flavored chips, like peanut butter or butterscotch, for a new cake every time.
Basic Microwave Risotto
This recipe for risotto doesn't require constant stirring but does use all the traditional ingredients to achieve the classic flavor and texture of this beloved Italian dish.
Easy Microwave Chilaquiles
Just four ingredients are needed to make this hearty Mexican dish that is often served for breakfast — enchilada sauce, tortilla chips, sour cream, and cheese. Best of all it cooks in just 2 minutes. Reviewers recommend adding cooked chorizo, beans, or scrambled eggs to bulk up the dish.
World's Best Bacon Cheese Dip
Hot and gooey, this dip combines bacon, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Swiss cheese, and green onions with a crunchy crushed cracker topping. You can cook the bacon in the microwave too if you prefer. Reviewers suggest serving it with pita chips, melba toast, or sliced sourdough bread.
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Sometimes a bowl of creamy soup is the most soothing thing to eat. This recipe makes a large batch of broccoli cheese soup, so you may need to halve it for smaller microwaves. Steam frozen broccoli in the microwave for it to be an entirely microwave-made meal.
Shelby's Microwave Meat Loaf
It takes just 10-15 minutes of cooking and another 10-15 minutes of rest time to create this classic meatloaf with a tomato sauce topping. Make it for dinner one night, then use the leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches the next day.
When the munchies strike, you can make your own potato chips in a hurry. Use a mandolin or the slicer on a box grater to make paper-thin slices before magically turning them into chips.
Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
You'll need to cook the macaroni before making this easy recipe that tastes like stovetop macaroni and cheese, but you can buy pre-cooked macaroni in many well-stocked grocery stores. It's made with processed cheese and some onions for a smooth and flavorful sauce. Allowing the pasta to rest after cooking gives the sauce time to thicken as it cools slightly.
Microwave Raisin Bread Pudding
A classic old fashioned dessert made from leftover bread, this version uses raisin bread and a little sprinkle of cinnamon. Be sure to beat the eggs thoroughly and add them quickly to the milk to avoid them scrambling. Enjoy it hot or cold the next day.
Cindy's Microwave Chicken Parmesan
You don't have to be Italian to love this dish of breaded chicken breast cutlets with plenty of tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella. Recipe creator Cindy Henderson Foster suggests serving it with your favorite pasta shape.
A fall favorite, this soup combines onions and butternut squash with vegetable broth, cream, and warm spices. Whether you serve this on its own or with sandwiches, it's sure to warm both bellies and hearts.
Hasty Chocolate Pudding
This recipe is almost as quick and easy as instant pudding, but made from scratch with wholesome ingredients so it's much tastier. Reviewer Dessert Freak says you can use rice milk, soy milk, or coconut milk instead of dairy milk and it still turns out great.
Banana Nut Oatmeal
If you're looking for something to do with overripe bananas other than banana bread, this is it. Flax seeds and walnuts add hearty crunch to this warming breakfast dish sweetened with just a touch of honey.
Restaurant-Style White Queso Dip
"Rich, creamy, with bits of spice and tang from jalapeño peppers — this dip is just like the good stuff you get in restaurants but you'll get 3 to 4 times the amount for the same price," says recipe creator Nicole Mcmom. The secret is using pickled jalapeño juice for a tangy kick.
Microwave Tater-Tot Casserole
Creamy and cheesy, this casserole is the epitome of comforting. Tater tots are tossed with chopped ham, green beans, and a cream of chicken-based sauce and microwaved until bubbly.
Peanut Butter Cups
Skip the store-bought stuff and make wow-worthy peanut butter cups at home with the microwave. You just need a few minutes for the cooking, then the patience for them to chill out in the fridge for a while.
Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole
Wild rice and broccoli are tossed in a creamy cheese sauce to make this casserole that no one will believe came from the microwave. Reviewer Carolyn Perrine says, "Everyone in my family absolutely loves this recipe! I get rave reviews every time I make it and it's always the first thing to go."
2 Minute Cheese Quesadillas
No stovetop required to make these delightfully cheesy quesadillas. Serve with a scoop of pico de gallo or guacamole on the side for dipping.