THINNER PASTAS AID MICROWAVE USE

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Many dry, packaged pasta and noodle dishes contain dual cooking instructions -- both conventional and microwavable. However, food-service or retail versions of pasta are not suitable for use in microwavable products, according to Rob Vermylen, vice president of A. Zerega's Sons, a custom pasta manufacturer here."Most pastas are too thick to be cooked in the microwave: They require

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Many dry, packaged pasta and noodle dishes contain dual cooking instructions -- both conventional and microwavable. However, food-service or retail versions of pasta are not suitable for use in microwavable products, according to Rob Vermylen, vice president of A. Zerega's Sons, a custom pasta manufacturer here.

"Most pastas are too thick to be cooked in the microwave: They require more time and water than are available," said Vermylen. "To work in the microwave, pa

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