Easy college meals you can make in your dorm room coffee pot


The ubiquitous coffee pot has uses far beyond the essential caffeine jolt. Sure, java provides the necessary boost after a long night of studying (or partying), but your humble, coffee-making machine often sits alone, unused for the remaining 23 hours of the day. When you don’t have a full kitchen at your disposal, it can come in handy in other ways.

When you consider the fundamental role of a coffee maker – to brew hot water – it’s clear that the appliance is one of the most versatile items in your kitchen, dorm room, barracks or college apartment. Just think about how many meals start with hot water! And let’s not forget the hot plate, the electric base also functions as a mini griddle.

A coffee maker takes up minimal space and the recipe ideas below require only water and a few inexpensive ingredients to create meals and snacks. Here are seven great ideas for maximizing the capabilities of your coffee maker.

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How to make coffee pot ramen noodles

Brew up some ramen in your trusty coffee mate.

Fill the water reservoir with the recommended amount of water on your ramen package (typically 2 cups for a 3-ounce packet). Add dry noodles to your carafe along with the seasoning packet. Start brewing. Let the noodles cook in the hot water until they reach your desired texture.

Bonus: This technique also works with instant mac ‘n cheese and instant rice.

How to make coffee pot hot dogs

Hot dog stand in your dorm room?  All you need is a coffee maker.

Fill the entire water reservoir with water. Add as many hot dogs as desired to the carafe (half the hot dogs if necessary, so they fit inside the carafe). Starting brewing. Let the hot dogs cook in the hot water for 5 minutes after the brewing cycle is complete.

Fork them out and serve on a bun with your favorite condiments.

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How to make coffee pot pasta and sauce

Yes, you really can make a pasta dinner in your coffee pot.

Fill the entire water reservoir with water. Add dried pasta to the carafe, filling the pot no more than halfway with dried noodles. If necessary, break up longer noodles like spaghetti and linguine so they fit in the pot. Start brewing. Let the pasta cook in the hot water until tender (timing depends on pasta shape, so test after about 10 minutes). Drain the water.

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