How Much Pasta Is the Right Portion?

Figuring out pasta portion sizes is as easy as using our handy chart to determine a recommended serving of pasta

The yield for pasta will vary according to its size and shape. It is sometimes difficult to determine the amount of pasta to cook for a recipe, especially if the package is opened and partially used. Looking for a great pasta dish? Try these incredibly easy recipes.

Make the best pasta with these tips

Dry pasta guidelines

For long pasta, such as spaghetti, linguine and fettuccine, a 1-1/2-in.-diameter bundle of the pasta is about 8 ounces.

The chart below is a guideline for dry, packaged pasta that will help you avoid these common pasta mistakes.

Type of PastaUncooked AmountCooked Amount
Angel Hair8 oz.4 cups
Bow Tie4 cups/8 oz.4 cups
Egg Noodle4 cups/8 oz.4 cups
Elbow Macaroni2 cups/8 oz.4 cups
Fettuccine8 oz.3-1/4 cups
Linguine8 oz.4 cups
Medium Shell3 cups/8 oz.4 cups
Rigatoni3 cups/8 oz.4 cups
Rotini3 cups/8 oz.4-1/2 cups
Spaghetti8 oz5 cups
Thin Spaghetti8 oz.4-1/2 cups
Vermicelli8 oz.4-1/2 cups
Ziti3 cups/8 oz.4-1/2 cups

How to Cook Spaghetti

Carefully hold spaghetti in boiling water and ease it down into the water as it softens, pushing it around the edge of the pan. When fully immersed in the water, stir the spaghetti to separate strands. Although you may have learned otherwise, remember to never, ever add oil to your pasta water.

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