Make It Yourself...Measuring Dry Pasta

I don’t attempt to make many shapes of pasta, finding the dried pastas I can purchase are good quality, and conveniently store in the pantry. 
When you cook pasta, 2 ounces of dry pasta per person is what most pasta packages recommend.  What does 2 ounces of dry pasta look like? It depends on the shape. I really like to measure pasta by weighing it.  I’m always sure I have enough pasta for the recipe.  But below are amounts of dry pasta for 2 ounces of some of the common shapes if you don’t have a scale.  I tried them in several brands of measuring cups as I have an assorted lot, and the results were about the same.
If you use a lot of long pasta, I thought one of those pasta measures with holes in it would be handy if you don’t have a scale. But enough pasta to fill the 1 serving hole weighed almost 4 ounces.  However, my trusty tape measure got the same results as the chart.
Clockwise, top left: Wide noodles - 1 cup, 
bowties - 3/4 cup,
medium shells - 3/4 cup, 

campanelle - 3/4 cup, 
orzo - 1/3 cup
I admit I usually use less than 2 ounces per person, often using that amount for both my husband and myself, as we usually fill out our meals with a side salad and vegetables.  It depends on what else is added to that serving of pasta too.  Simple mac and cheese needs more pasta than a dish combining both meat and vegetables with the pasta.


MEASURING PASTA
DRY PASTA - 2-OUNCE SERVING
CUPS COOKED PASTA
Angel Hair
2-1/8 inches (circumference)
1 cup
Fettuccine
2-1/8 inches (circumference)
1 cup
Linguine
2-1/8 inches (circumference)
1 cup
Spaghetti
2-1/8 inches (circumference)
1 cup
Campanelle
3/4 cup
1-1/2 cups
Elbows
1/2 cup
1-1/8 cups
Farfalle (bow ties)
3/4 cup
1-1/4 cups
Medium Shells
3/4 cup
1-1/8 cups
Penne
2/3 cup
1-1/4 cups
Rotini
1/2 cup
1 cup
Ditalini
1/3 cup
1-1/4 cups
Orzo
1/3 cup
2/3 cup
Large Shells
7-8 shells
1-1/4 cups
Wide Curly Noodles
1 cup
1 1/2 cups

3 comments:

  1. Thank you, this is really useful as I usually just guess... for penne I usually dip my hand into the jar and bring out a handful per person, no idea what that weighs though. For rice I use a 1/4 cup measure per person which is plenty. I'm amazed that the one-hole spaghetti measure actually weighed 4 oz!

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  2. Thanks so much for this. I began a diet and have been looking high and low for a guide like this. I don't know why the makers of boxed pasta can't put a conversion table like this on the back of their boxes. Thanks for taking the time to put this together and good luck with your website.

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    1. Glad to help...figuring out a serving so you don't eat too much was my incentive for making the chart.

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