You may think living in a college dorm means the end of good cooking and a constant diet of bad cafeteria food and Pop Tarts, but if you’ve got a microwave, you can become a pretty incredible home cook with the right recipes — and we have collected 20 of the easiest dorm room recipes for you!
Rich and creamy mac and cheese cooked in the microwave from scratch, ready in 15 minutes. A total game changer! Quick, easy and cooked in one bowl. Say goodbye to the dried macaroni boxes!
If you’re craving a sweet piece of cake but don’t want to drag out the mixer and a lot of ingredients, try making a microwave mug cake instead! It’s great for portion control, takes just 5 minutes, and will definitely satisfy your cravings for something sweet.
This easy cauliflower rice recipe makes light and fluffy cauliflower rice in just a few minutes. It’s a keto-friendly and low-carb twist on takeout fried rice. No need to buy frozen cauliflower rice as you can easily make them at home from scratch!
Microwave acorn squash is much faster than other methods and just as delicious. In this post you’ll learn how to cook acorn squash in the microwave in just a few minutes. It’s so quick to make, plus clean-up is a breeze!
These energy balls are a delicious snack with a soft texture and cookie dough flavors. Make this energy bites recipe in just 10 minutes for a delicious portable snack or breakfast idea!
You’ll hardly find a meal more convenient than a bowl of instant ramen noodles. Learn how to microwave ramen properly and you’ll have a flavorful dish ready in minutes.
Mochi is a Japanese treat made with sweet sticky rice flour. This microwavable version adds strawberries to the mix for a dessert that’s deliciously decadent!
Did you know the fastest way to cook a hot dog is in Microwave? Learn how long to microwave a hot dog so that it comes out perfectly every time and to prevent exploding!
Whether you’ve got regular or thick-cut bacon, you can use your microwave to cook it quickly. It’s fast and produces delicious crispy bacon with almost no cleanup!
Apple-based desserts and crisp autumn days go hand-in-hand. This delightful dessert for one is ready to gobble up in just 8 minutes! Try it with a drizzle of caramel sauce for an extra sweet touch.
The scent of cinnamon always makes us think of coffee. Set your coffeemaker before starting this dessert because it’s ready to eat in 1 minute! It’s perfect for when you’re craving a sweet and delicious weekday breakfast treat.
This one is perfect for the busy mornings! It takes only 3 minutes for an easy and healthy breakfast that fills you up and gives great energy!
In just a few minutes, you’ll have a delicious potato soup loaded with bacon, cheese and scallions!
Learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave with a step-by-step tutorial so that it comes out perfect every time. It’s less than 5 minutes and is a simple recipe for microwave broccoli (and other vegetables).
Learn how long to microwave a potato along with tips for getting a perfect microwave potato every time. A microwave baked potato is just as fluffy and delicious as oven-baked, plus it cooks up in minutes!
Muffins are great as a snack or as a quick breakfast. These tasty treats are ready to eat in less than 10 minutes and perfect for when you need to grab and go!
These microwave mashed potatoes are fluffy, creamy and smooth! This quick side dish is easy to make in just 15 minutes, far less time than boiling or other methods!
Microwave rice is faster than other methods and just as fluffy! Learn how to cook rice in the microwave using a covered bowl or microwave rice cooker. It’s so quick to make, plus cleanup is a breeze!
Everyone has a favorite banana bread recipe. Now you can add this microwavable version to your list. It’s made in a mug, takes minutes to prepare, and is completely vegan.
Is popcorn considered a dessert? It is when it’s as sweet as this recipe! Taking just 5 minutes to prepare, this is a great idea for evenings in front of the TV, or for stocking stuffers during the holidays!
Easy Dorm Room Recipe Collections
- 1 1/2 cups elbow pasta
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup broccoli
- red pepper flakes optional
- In a medium-large microwaveable bowl, add pasta, water and salt.
- Microwave in 2-minute intervals until cooked, stirring in between.
- Pour in the milk and garlic powder and mix.
- Add the cheese and broccoli and microwave for 30 seconds or until creamy.
- Serve the mac and cheese on a plate or into a bowl (I used a bread bowl) and top with red pepper flakes. Enjoy!
- Use a deeper and larger bowl to cook Mac and Cheese in the microwave as it will rise when cooked. The bowl can also get quite hot and it’s better to use oven mitts to handle the bowl.