Pasta Boat Microwave Cooker Reviews and Complaints

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When it comes to making pasta you have to go through the hassle of carrying giant pasta pots, strainers, boiling water, stirrers and more just for a plate of pasta…well not anymore, Introducing Microwave Pasta Boat from Cathy Mitchell. The 5-in-1 Pasta Boat cooks, drains, serves and stores perfect pasta without the hassle.


Pasta Boat Microwave Cooker

Just put in the pasta, add water and put it in the microwave. When finished put it on the strainer lip and drain out the water and you are ready to serve the Pasta. The stove uses boiling water to cook pasta and if the heat is too high it boils over and if its too low it clumps together. Pasta Boat uses the Microwave to keep the water at the perfect cooking temperature so no more tearing of stuffed pasta or lasagna. You can make delicious Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Shells and more fast and easy. The stay-cool handles are perfect for measuring spaghetti and pasta. Add the steam rack and enjoy healthy vegetables and tender steamed potatoes.



What do I get?

  • 2 Strainer Lids
  • 4 Measuring Handles
  • 2 Steam Rack
  • 2 Fast and Easy Recipe Book
  • 1 Food Chopper

Get the complete set for just $10 + $20.97 s/h . An additional $10 p&h is added for items sent to Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, US Virgin Islands and Alaska. Official Website


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78 thoughts on “Pasta Boat Microwave Cooker Reviews and Complaints

    • I had the Pasta Boat for quite a few years till I accidentally broke it. Then I ordered the “new” Pasta Boat and it is a knock off of the original. Every part fits loosely even the handles which could cause a burn accident. When I try to make linguine it boils over into the microwave a long time before it is even cooked. I just sent it back! Junk!

  1. A friend gave me the Microwave Pasta Boat Cooker and I absolutely love it. It beats boiling all that water on the stove and having to stand and stir. I would recommend it to everyone.

  2. The pasta boat is made out of CODE 5: PP (POLYPROPYLENE)

    Qualities: Hard but flexible

    Common usage: Ice cream and yogurt containers, drinking straws, syrup bottles, salad bar containers and diapers

    PP is one of the safer plastics, but be sure to recycle wherever possible.

  3. I recently purchased a Past Boat and the instructions/recipe book has a gross error. On page 15, the ingredients are for Beer steamed shrimp, but the directions are no way related to the ingredients.

  4. I got a Pasta Boat at Big Lots for $5 with the intention to bring it to work with me and have better lunches instead of going out for fast food. It’s been perfect for that! I make enough to share with a co-worker and we’re experimenting with all sorts of pasta dishes (not fans of Velveeta cheese product so we’ve been trying to find alternate mac and cheese recipes). Mine didn’t come with a storage lid or the chopper but I’ve already saved the money I spent by not eating out. My Pasta Boat has never boiled over and my pasta hasn’t been gummy like others are describing. My favorite way to dress up pasta (usually Angel Hair) is just a bit of either butter or olive oil and sprinkle some garlic powder over it- delicious every time. Hope this helps !

  5. Is everyone adding salt to the pasta cooking water? I cooked 2 1/2 servings in salted water. It did not boil over, but came really close to the “foam” going over the side of the boat. If there had been more pasta and water, it would have been a real mess. Are you not supposed to put salt in the water? Would no salt make a difference in the boil-over problem, and in the taste of the pasta?

  6. The Pasta Boat is AWESOME! I just couldn’t believe it would be as good as the reviews I read, but it is. LOVE it! We have pasta a lot more often now!

  7. Pasta Boat works great but I will have to put it away and not use it until I can find out if it is safe to use. Seems no one can answer that question. So I have to assume that it is not safe to use. Too bad cause it is one of the few items sold on TV that really work well and save time in the kitchen.

  8. I am always on the lookout for kitchen appliances that make my life a lot easier. That’s how I found out about Microwave Pasta Boat and wanted to know what it offered me. I also wanted to read a genuine review of the product so that I could decide for myself if Microwave Pasta Boat was what I needed. So I browsed around and came across these sites,,, And how much useful information did they have for me? Zilch. One of the sites led me to free trial offers while the other talked about some random product that I had no interest in. How difficult can it be to get a genuine review of a product that one wants to buy? If I hadn’t found your site I would have completely given up on this product and review sites in general because most of them are a waste of your time. Now every time I want to read an objective review of any product that I am keen on, I will come straight to your site rather than going through this rigmarole again.

    • And you will always find genuine reviews on our site unlike others you have noted and many more that are floating around online. Their search optimization methods can fool search engines and get them initial attention, but after all users are looking for genuine content. We understand that and that’s exactly what we will offer you every time.

  9. I’m so envious of all you people that have gotten your pasta boat to actually work. I’ve tried on several occasions, varied the cooking times, and EVERY TIME it looks like the starch has leached out into the water, and the pasta, ANY KIND, is a disgusting lump of goo!!! The comment about boiling the water first was interesting, but according to the directions, that is not necessary. I have only myself to feed, and bought this product for “ease”. Not the case for me. I even finally found a phone number and called, was told I’d receive a response within 4 days, but that never happened. Any suggestions would help and be greatly appreciated!!!

    • Hi AL
      I have never had that problem. I do open the microwave and give my pasta a stir half way through as to separate the long pieces. I have had no problems. I never heat up the water first & I never add salt. I just make sure there is the right amount of water in the bowl. I would imagine some microwaves are different temperatures than others. Maybe that is the problem. But I would always give it a stir half way through and that way you can see how things are cooking.

  10. I received the Pasta Boat from a friend as a joke gift because I’m addicted to spaghetti and I love it! Once I adjusted all of the microwave times, I found that it does have great results. The pasta has the potential to be cooked perfectly and it’s about twice as fast as stove top cooking (although, if your stove boils water very quickly, it’s closer to equal time.)

    My only complaint is that the pasta does have a hint of that been-in-a-microwave taste. It wasn’t at all overwhelming or disgusting, but it was noticeable. Still, it didn’t turn me off of the pasta boat, but I only use it if I’m just feeding my self. If I’m cooking for others, then I revert back to stove top pasta.

    • When I cook spaghetti in my Ninja cooker, I always follow the instructions buy adding a little butter and if cooking on the stove top I add a teaspoon olive oil. I have been thinking about getting the pasta boat but worried that it may be like other worthless items I have purchased. Thanks for all the input

    • You need to put the proper amount of pasta in the boat BEFORE adding the proper amount of water. I learned the hard way and it boiled over!

  11. How do you steam veggies? (how much water under the base attachment) Don’t have Pasta Boat instruction book. Wish it could be downloaded on my computer.

  12. Pasta Boat Instructions lost! Why is the no direct way to get replacement instructions from either PASTA BOAT Co or other web sites. All sites take you no where!!! Very frustrating!

          • Funny seeing all the worry warts going on about the plastic used in the the Pasta Boat. Amazing what a difference a couple of years make. BPA less dangerous than the BPA free stuff, and the Tupperware one has been pulled from the market……..

    • You can find the instruction manual online. I’d copy and paste mine here but it takes up too much space. I store it in my recipe file on the laptop. Google : Pasta boat manual. BTW, I use mine and it never boiled over and nothing sticks. Add cold filtered water and just a drop of oil to prevent boil overs. Oil does not prevent sticking. Add a little salt which helps flavor and helps prevent boil overs. Make sure to stir halfway through.

      • Thank you soooooo very much Beacher! I have been looking for this link for some time now and yours is the first complete exact version as the original instructions I have seen. Now that I have it and thanks to you I am a happy camper, I will probably find my original copy tomorrow! LOL. Thanks again!

  13. Single guy here! Got a pasta boat and used it the first time; it came out way too over cooked so I tweaked the times a little. I put 2 cups of elbow pasta in and filled to the 4th line like the directions say, but cooked it for 15 min rather then the suggested 25. It came out perfect! I hope it doesn’t cause cancer cause I really like how easy it is to use!

    • Cathy Mitchell book Dump Dinners says she uses it to cook Rice. Did you also know you can cook rice in a slow cooker? I didn’t until I bought a Crock pot slow cooker recently. I had been using a pressure cooker with the different combinations but the rice was always mushy. I make Ham fried rice often so when I do cook rice I freeze the excess rice.

    • I have read all of the reviews ad not one person has said what the number on the bottom of unit is. What is it? Most of you are using it, so you must know.

  14. I wanted to love the Pasta Boat, I really did. However, after following the directions for a 4 portion serving, the water boiled all over my microwave and made a big sticky mess. I will be returning it. I’m skeptical of the other reviews.

  15. If anyone is still concerned; I received my pasta boat. The recycle code on the bottom is PP. Polypropylene (PP) is commonly recycled, and has the number “5” as its resin identification code.

    • I don’t think we should be having to GUESS about whether the pasta boat contains BPA. The recycle code may “suggest” it does not, but I am troubled that the company is not plastering “BPA FREE” all over its website. People want to know, and the silence is suspicious. I just called the 800 phone number and asked. I should not have to do that. The customer service person did not know and could not readily find anyone who knew. I am supposed to get a call back… I may fill my pasta boat with dirt and plant some posies in it, and find a glass container to replicate the concept. It is a very convenient and functional pasta cooker, but it is hot water that causes BPA to leech, and this thing can be in the microwave cooking for a very long time!

      • Hi Nanci :). I realize this is a few years old, but I was wondering if you ever got a return call from the Pasta Boat customer service representative. Very curious about the end result as I have one of these and am thinking of trading it in for the new BPA-free Tupperware pasta cooker! thanks! 🙂

  16. Used My Pasta-boat for the first time. Used 13oz of spaghetti and fill line of water to just over six. The instruction are not clear to use cold or hot water is I used warm. The bottom did not cook well it stayed bunched up, but the rest of the pasta cooked great. Next time I use it I’m going to take it out and stir it a couple of times. Yes I would try it again.

  17. Polycarbonate containers that contain BPA = Plastic containers have recycle codes on the bottom. In general, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.

    Do not put very hot or boiling liquid that you intend to consume in plastic containers made with BPA. BPA levels rise in food when containers/products made with the chemical are heated and come in contact with the food.

    I have not purchased this product yet as I wanted to find this info out first. For those of you who own one, according to the customer service phone number, you should see a number with a triangle on the bottom of the container. If it’s a 3 or 7, eat at your own risk and that of your unborn child’s or developing infant/toddlers. If its not a 3 or 7, according to the CDC, it should not contain BPA. |

    websites where info was found are referenced. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and US Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  18. Hello, I just used Pasta Boat for the first time and my ziti was very gummy. Did I cook it too long? Too much water? Thanks

  19. What kind of plastic is the pasta boat made from….I’m looking for the number 1 through 7 to determine if it is safe….leaching of PVC into food etc. I know it is safe in the microwave meaning that it won’t distort or melt but that doesn’t answer the question …”Is it safe to eat from?”.

    • Liz, has anyone answered your question about the plastic number? I’m unable to find this information on the website. it’s also not listed under their patent. It is important to know if this is BPA free or not. If not, don’t bother. It’s not any quicker or more convenient that a regular pot that won’t cause cancer.

  20. I’ve never had my pasta boat boil over..We love it. I cooked Sweet Potatoes few nights ago & they were perfect..skins peeled right off & could mash w/fork..clean out is easy & fast..We love it..Just put water to level it calls for, put pasta in, don’t have to stir “forget about it” & 13 minutes later its done..I like it a lot.

    • I gave one to a daughter in-law for Christmas. I have not heard if she even used it. I am using it today to cook sweet potatoes. Easy to use. Will try steaming my broccoli.

  21. Yep, greatest thing since slice bread but the one thing they don’t tell consumers is, when plastic heats up, it will leech toxic chemicals into whatever you are cooking . A lot of people are ill and they don’t know why. Something to think about when you bite into that pasta. Be careful.

    And yes Virgina, I am a chemical engineer for Monsanto.

  22. There are pros and cons on the Pasta Boat.

    The pro is that the Pasta Boat works as described. I put the water in and bring it to a boil, then add the pasta, stirring slowly at first. Then place back in the microwave WITHOUT the lid. It cooks great. I remove it from the microwave, let it sit a couple of minutes. Then I put on the strainer lid, and it strains the water completely. I then can mix in my veggies and tuna and I have a great tuna pasta dish.

    The con is that you get the free chopper that you don’t want and has nothing to do with cooking pasta, but you have to pay for the shipping and handling. The same is true with the second Pasta
    Boat. I don’t need it so it is sitting in the original box.

    I was surprised when I got a follow-up call from a company rep and he wanted to confirm my order including my credit card number. I did not give it to the caller, but I still got my Pasta Boat order.

  23. I got the Pasta Boat and it works very well. I have an 1100 watt Microwave and no boiling over problems. Be sure to follow the instructions to cook it WITHOUT the lid. Put the lid on when it’s done to strain it,

    I use mine to make my favorite cold sesame/peanut noodles and running cool water after cooking makes the temperature of the noodles just right.

    When I use it I make a full package at a time (water level 6). Since whole grain pasta I buy comes in smaller packages than regular pasta, I don’t alter the time, to get the longer cooking time required for a given volume of Pasta.

    My only complaint; my instruction book got damaged and there’s no place on the internet to download another copy.

  24. Ever since I saw the Pasta Boat advertised I wanted one. But waited til they came out in stores. Only got one, but that’s all I need. Yes it does spill over in the microwave, but I love mine. Yes it may be faster to cook on the stove-top, but you don’t have to watch it in the microwave. I’ve used mine also to boil potatoes. Wonderful way to do either pasta or potatoes. In stores like Wal-Mart its only about $10.00 – no shipping/handling hassles.

  25. I ordered my Microwave Pasta Boat some time ago and got the deal where you receive 2. I believe the ad straight up tells you that the extra items require paying the shipping and handling cost. All together it cost me $23 and I didn’t think it terrible. As for the thing itself, it works pretty well but the boiling over is a nuisance. But no complaints.

  26. What is the point of paying such a high “handling” charge to wait so long for a plastic thing that takes longer to cook spaghetti than it does on the stove top & it boils over & makes a mess too & a chopper that does not work well? Add to that the “customer service” is not good and you have to pay the outrageous extra S&H for the second one you may not even want and this spells a rip off. I agree, some of the products on TV are actually good, but the company selling them is not, so buy them at a store where you get no hassle returns or skip them. I refuse to ever deal with such a company again no matter what they are selling! Skip the pasta boat.

  27. Can’t complain about delivery time. My Pasta Boat arrived within 9 days of being charged to my account. It just came today and I haven’t used the Pasta Boat yet, but I did try the chopper. I attempted to chop a small piece of onion and it just sort of smashed it. There are no instructions included for the chopper, but it’s certainly easy to see how it should be done. Anyone have any suggestions on how to make it do what it’s supposed to do. I already have another brand taking up space that doesn’t work either. One is advertised on TV that chops up a storm. What can the problem be? Thanks for any help offered.

  28. I ordered it on June 2nd and got it on around June 30th. I washed it good and used it and it works great. I used it for my gluten-free pasta also- I did add 2 minutes longer on wheat pasta for my daughter. I am glad we have each our own pasta maker so we do not have cross-contamination. But so far my experience has been positive. But be forewarned- it does say takes 2-3 weeks to get it and that is a lie- it takes 2-3 weeks for them to process it and then takes 2-3 weeks to receive it- so it really takes 3-5 weeks to receive it.

    • Just buy it at Walgreens or CVS, heck, even Walmart. It’s only 10 bucks and you don’t have to wait OR pay shipping. Voila. Problem solved. Now quit whining.

  29. I ordered the pasta boat on 6/23 and the money was taken from my account. my order number is 2698396.

    Today is 7/24 and I have never received my order !

    • James, Can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks to get it. Even though they say 2-3 weeks- that actually is how long it takes them to process it before they send it and then it takes 2-3 weeks more before you get it. I was a bit annoyed by that myself.

    • Yes. I even left the spaghetti whole the way my daughter likes it. It says 15 or more mins to cook – the water does boil over into the microwave though.

      • I added 2 minutes longer and cooked the thin spaghetti for 17 minutes or until I saw the water boiling over. I drained and then poured the pasta in a smaller bowl. My daughter and her guinea pig lol (he loves pasta) really enjoyed it.

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