Ounces to Cups: A Guide to Estimating Pasta Yield

Ounces to Cups: A Guide to Estimating Pasta Yield

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Anjali Prasertong
Oct 23, 2012

Dry pasta is sold by weight, but that measurement doesn't tell you how much cooked pasta you'll actually end up with. Here's a handy guide to estimating how much dry pasta you'll need to make one serving of cooked.

All of these estimates are based on a 2-ounce serving of dry pasta. For long pasta shapes, the measurement is based on the circumference of the dry pasta bundle; short shapes can be measured in a measuring cup.

LONG SHAPES
Angel Hair: 2 1/8" circumference dry = 1 cup cooked
Fettuccine: 2 1/8" circumference dry = 1 cup cooked
Linguini: 2 1/8" circumference dry = 1 cup cooked
Spaghetti: 2 1/8" circumference dry = 1 cup cooked
SHORT SHAPES
Elbows: 1/2 cup dry = 1 1/8 cup cooked
Farfalle: 3/4 cup dry = 1 1/4 cup cooked
Medium Shells: 3/4 cup dry = 1 1/8 cup cooked
Orzo: 1/4 cup dry = 2/3 cup cooked
Penne: 2/3 cup dry = 1 1/4 cup cooked
Rigatoni: 3/4 cup dry = 1 1/4 cup cooked
Rotini: 1/2 cup dry = 1 cup cooked
Ziti: 2/3 cup dry = 1 1/4 cup cooked

If there is a particular shape that isn't listed above, check the Barilla website, which has a detailed yield chart for all their pasta shapes.

Related: Make or Buy? Dried, Fresh Gourmet, and Homemade Pasta

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