Sun Oven ‘Boiled’ Pasta

When I teach solar cooking classes I  get a strew of questions about what can and cannot be cooked in the Global Sun Oven and pasta always comes up. My answer is, “Yes, it can be done but I’ve only done it once.” There are a number of reasons why I don’t boil pasta in my GSO for daily cooking. Apart from the fact the pasta is easier, and in my opinion better, when cooked in the traditional manner, it also needs to be served immediately; we have dinner too late in the day to solar cook pasta. But it’s still good to know that it is possible to make a decent bowl of solar cooked noodles. It comes in handy in any kind of situation where you might be low on water or power, such as a camping trip or a natural disaster. Luckily, once you know how to successfully solar cook pasta you can store the information away for a time when you might need it.

Solar Pasta

Ingredients

1 cup pasta, macaroni, rigatoni, shells, etc.

1 cup water

salt

Preparation

Set Global Sun Oven out to preheat

Mix water, pasta, and a pinch of salt in a dark, light-weight, pot. Cover and place in GSO until the pasta has absorbed all or most of the water. Cooking time will depend on the type of pasta used. Drain, if necessary, and serve with sauces.

Basically you use equal parts water and pasta so you can increase the quantity as needed.

The texture will be very close to traditionally boiled pasta. The trickiest part is knowing when it’s done.

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