Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Ask Roni – Measuring Pasta

Posted by 10 years ago 15 Comments

How do you do your pasta measurements – such as in your latest video, how much is 2 ounces? Is that  1/4 cup?

Hi Erin!

That’s a good question. Sometimes I forget I’m a bit of a scale freak!

I always weight my pasta dry on my digital scale. You can weigh it in ounces or grams. Two ounces of dry pasta is about 57g. To be honest, I have no idea what it weighs cooked, I normally make my own 2 ounces in a small pot. Does anyone measure it post cooking?

I hope that helps!

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    Shelley Baldwin

    April 16, 2008

    I'm delurking now - been keeping up w/your blogs for a couple months now. I am a scale freak too, but usually with stuff that has already been cooked or doesn't need to be cooked (e.g., cooked meat in ounces, cheese in ounces, etc.) For pasta, I just eyeball it before cooking, & then measure out my portion. 1/2 cup = 2 points, 1 cup = 4 pounts, etc. My hubby eats the rest!


    April 16, 2008

    I'm like Shelley I eyeball it and then take what I want and the hubby eats what he wants and packs the rest for lunch!


    April 16, 2008

    I'm a scale freak too. I can't answer cup wise but I've noticed that when pasta is cooked it is almost exactly twice the weight.


    April 21, 2008

    Barillaus has a table for all pasta's. I saved the plastic top off a condiment bottle that matched a serving size. I fist the pasta, place the end in the cap to confirm the measure. Sometimes, I'll do the entire box and put small rubberbands around a serving size, so in the future I just have to grab. It helps when you are really tired and hungry. :-)


    April 21, 2008

    Barillaus - What a FABULOUS idea! I love the rubber bands!


    April 24, 2008

    I have a handy dandy pasta measurer thingie that I got at Linens N Things for the stringy pastas and for other kinds (spiral, elbow, etc.) I measure according to the serving size. If it says 3/4C then I measure 3/4 dry and then measure 3/4 cooked to serve.


    May 2, 2008

    Hello! I'm coming out of lurkdom to say that I love your site and I too am a scale freak. It actually has a permanent spot on my counter. I'm so bad that I'll make a recipe and actually weigh the entire completed recipe and divide the grams by the number of servings and then weigh my serving. Not sure that makes sense. Like if I make spaghetti, I'll weigh the whole recipe so if it comes out to 1000 grams then I divide that by 4 servings and know that 1 serving is 250 grams. So then I put my plate on the scale and measure out 250 grams of spaghetti. I think I need to go to food scales anonymous! :-)


    June 21, 2008

    i never realized i was a "topic" on your site until i started browsing - wow! thanks, haha!


    June 21, 2008

    LOL Did I forget to email you?!? SO SORRY! I try to email when I answer a question.


    January 6, 2010

    my scales have broken and i really need to know how many cupfulls of dried pasta is equal to 40g of dried pasta?


    January 6, 2010

    Unfortunately it depends on the type of pasta. Does this help?


    March 31, 2010

    This may be a dumb questions, but how do you know how many servings are in a finished meal so you know how to divide properly?


    April 2, 2010

    Hi Heather! This isn't stupid at all! To be honest... I decide once the meal is done and what I feel is a good size portion for the cals. So I guess my short answer is I don't know.. I just decide! :)


    April 28, 2012

    I can't get your recipes on my ziplist. it only has old ones I have from another website but it says its on there. do you know what I can do?


    April 30, 2012

    Melissa - I'm not sure! Give me an example of a recipe you are trying to add and I'll see if I can trouble shoot.