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September 14, 2010 6:50 AM
Hi, I'm confused, as usual, regarding the measuring of pasta. Most pastas say 2oz dry= XX calories. If the pasta is already cooked how many oz. do I have? I like to weigh alot of food portions because some are just hard to put in a measuring cup. If someone could give me a good answer that would be great. Thanks. I usually have whole wheat penne pasta.
  1631263
September 14, 2010 6:55 AM
So glad you've put that question out there! I've been wondering that myself!
  1629379
September 14, 2010 6:56 AM
Typically (not always) 1 cup cooked is 2 ounces dry. It really depends on the pasta type...I think.
September 14, 2010 7:00 AM
Just weigh it again after you cook it. For example - cook a pound of pasta then drain and weigh. Then divide cooked weight by 8 servings (2 oz. dry) and you have your cooked weight for a single serving.....

The same volume of pasta can weigh more or less depending on how al dente it is cooked. The longer it cooks, the more water it absorbs.
  1056817
September 14, 2010 7:03 AM
QUOTE:

Typically (not always) 1 cup cooked is 2 ounces dry. It really depends on the pasta type...I think.


thats about right for most italian style egg pasta (which your Penne would be) also....since its Penne you might wanna take into account that it has a GIANT hole in the middle of it XD as far as taking up space goes, it takes up alot, so i think you might have a point about weighing it.
  1530433
September 14, 2010 7:04 AM
If you're not cooking the whole package, it's going to be tough to divide by 8. 1 cup cooked, give or take, is 2 oz dry.

I think even if the measurement is slightly off, it won't be enough to make a difference.
September 14, 2010 7:12 AM
I have a cheap plastic pasta thing that has holes in it, it works only for spaghetti and angel hair though. I grab a bunch, slip it through one of the holes and it'll tell me how many servings it is. Does anyone know the name of the thing I own?
September 14, 2010 7:18 AM
QUOTE:

I have a cheap plastic pasta thing that has holes in it, it works only for spaghetti and angel hair though. I grab a bunch, slip it through one of the holes and it'll tell me how many servings it is. Does anyone know the name of the thing I own?


I have one too but don't know its name lol


I always weigh my pasta before cooking
  577538
September 14, 2010 7:18 AM
Doesn't anyone have a scale? You take it out of the box, weigh 2 oz per serving, then throw it in the boiling water.

If you are not weighing it before you cook it, how do you know how much to cook in the first place?

And if you cook the whole box--see the other answer that explained the technique of.....weighing the whole cooked portion and dividing by the number of servings on the box.
September 14, 2010 7:19 AM
My experiments with two ozs dry have resulted in 1 cup cooked. Spaghetti, angel hair, elbows, and the bow tie stuff.
September 14, 2010 7:20 AM
What I usually do is weigh the pasta before cooking. If this is not an option, pull all the pasta out of the box, divide it into xx amount of servings and cook 1 serving.
September 14, 2010 7:45 AM
Ah, Azdak, you assume that we are just cooking for ourselves. Some of us are cooking for our families. I've got 4 kids and one husband. Three of the kids are extremely active meaning they have no calorie limit ~~~I just try to make sure they get some of everything (carbo, veg, dairy, and protein). One is a growing teen super athletic teen who pretty much eats until he isn't hungry which works out fine for him.

My standard pasta cooking is make two boxes in a huge spaghetti pot. Through experiments, I know that roughly 1 cup cooked is equal to 2oz dry.

I ate pretty healthy before MFP, my downfall is serving sizes. I think it is too hard to make "different" for yourself for all meals from your family. In my mind, it is better that they eat better too. I just slap more butter / olive oil on those with high activity levels.
September 14, 2010 8:18 AM
LainMac- you are so right. It's fine when I am just making it for me BUT when you could a bunch and then need to measure after it is cooked I didn't know how much 2 dry oz is when it is cooked. Sounds like about a cup but penne pasta doesn't measure well in a cup. So I am cooking 2 dry oz and I will weigh it after and I will report my findings, if anyone is interested. I had to do this with brown rice. I was being lazy and thought someone might just know the answer. Couple more min and I will have my answer.
Thank you to everyone who helped with my question, and I don't know what that plastic thing is called either.. Pasta measurer? But you're right it only works for spaghetti type pasta.
  1631263
September 14, 2010 8:24 AM
Voala!!!! 2 oz of dry whole wheat penne pasta cooked = 4.25 oz or approx. 130 grams Now I knowhappy Now we all knowhappy
  1631263
September 14, 2010 8:51 AM
QUOTE:

Ah, Azdak, you assume that we are just cooking for ourselves. Some of us are cooking for our families. I've got 4 kids and one husband. Three of the kids are extremely active meaning they have no calorie limit ~~~I just try to make sure they get some of everything (carbo, veg, dairy, and protein). One is a growing teen super athletic teen who pretty much eats until he isn't hungry which works out fine for him.

My standard pasta cooking is make two boxes in a huge spaghetti pot. Through experiments, I know that roughly 1 cup cooked is equal to 2oz dry.

I ate pretty healthy before MFP, my downfall is serving sizes. I think it is too hard to make "different" for yourself for all meals from your family. In my mind, it is better that they eat better too. I just slap more butter / olive oil on those with high activity levels.


You are correct--I didn't think that one through so early in the morning.....my initial impression was that people were overthinking this way too much, but I definitely overlooked that part. Ironic, in that I have the same problem. I try to make one serving for myself, one for Mrs Azdak, and 2 servings for the high-school stepdaughter. She then ends up eating 2 1/2, Mrs Azdak sneaks in a little extra, and I am scouring the fridge for leftover brown rice......
January 17, 2012 9:57 AM
I just found a great resource for figuring out how much cooked pasta is a serving:
http://www.kraftrecipes.com/cooking-tips/foodbasics/pastaguide/pastameasuringchart.aspx

Example: One serving of penne pasta is 2 oz. If you cook 8 oz. (4 servings), you'll have 4 cups of cooked pasta. Therefore, one serving equals 1 cup!
August 21, 2012 3:28 PM
I measured out one cup of angel hair pasta and it is four ounces.
  27030553
August 21, 2012 3:57 PM
Weigh your own portion before cooking (if cooking pasta for others as well) then cook it in a separate smaller saucepan.
  5026863
July 17, 2013 1:28 PM
Spaghetti, linguine and other long pastas can be measured using a pasta measure. A pasta measure is a tool that is available at kitchen supply stores, in pasta-making kits and online. You place the long pasta in various loops to measure a serving of the pasta.
July 17, 2013 1:30 PM
Weigh pasta dry, cook, weigh again, math
  32758085
September 5, 2013 3:54 PM
It's always nice to know I am not alone in my questions! I just found this great resource: http://www.barilla.com/faq?p=measuring. It shows approximate measurements for uncooked and cooked pastas my shape. Good luck everyone!smile
September 5, 2013 4:18 PM
For a benchmark: GENERALLY 1 cup of pasta cooked (85 grams dry), about a minute or two past al dente, is ~ 280-320 calories

Usually, the listing's for dry pasta. For the 100th time, I will say: they really should just write that on the box.
January 23, 2014 5:40 AM
YOU ROCK!!! THANK YOU!!
  54309133
January 23, 2014 6:04 AM
just weigh it.

When in doubt, I refer to the USDA database.
http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/6458

Most of the foods listed there are in the MFP database as well, you just have to know how to search for them on MFP - the USDA search function is much better!

Then just copy a few words from the title, like "Spaghetti, cooked, enriched" and search on MFP and it shows up as the #1 entry. You can always tell the USDA imported entries because on the website they don't have an * before the name and also the units will be mixed (1 oz., 1 cup, 100 g). I try to use those entries as much as possible since there are so many garbage entries on MFP.
  11058666
February 5, 2014 12:32 PM
Thank you!

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