We’ve all been there – struggling to figure out how much pasta to add to the pot, taking a guess and ending up with way too much. Or worse: not having enough for your table full of guests! Whether you’re figuring out how to feed a crowd or watching your intake for health reasons, try these handy guidelines for pasta portion sizes.
How much pasta per serving?
For shorter shapes like macaroni, shells, and spirals, 2 ounces = ½ cup dry or 1 cup cooked
For long shapes like spaghetti, linguini, and angel hair, 2 ounces = ½ inch bunch dry or 1 cup cooked.
And if you do end up with too much pasta,
Not sure about sauce either?
Just like pasta, a single portion of sauce is ½ cup. Try this easy tip for fast meals: freeze ½ cup portions of sauce to quickly add to any dish.
Only 200 Calories
One serving of pasta is only 200 calories and full of vitamins and minerals, like 25% of the recommended daily intake of folic acid. Try adding vegetables, legumes, and lean protein to your serving of pasta for a power-packed meal.