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2/5/11 2:07 P

Yay...this helped confirm my measuring skills!

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2/5/11 10:45 A

I'm equating 2 oz dry pasta to 1 cup cooked pasta... I hope I'm right.

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2/5/11 10:38 A

I am so glad I looked up this topic. . .I have been using 1/2 cup cooked pasta, and it does seem like a teenie amount. I like the suggestion to weigh first, and I think I'm going to start doing that whenever it's feasible. . .which should be most of the time. It's only my husband and I, and he has finally gotten portion-conscious. He has been watching me measure and weigh out my servings, and has asked me to start doing the same with his; yeah for rubbing off good habits on others!!!

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7/21/10 5:21 P

Thank you for answering my question!! Off to make my dinner now! :)

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3/2/10 5:13 P

Omg, this is good news because I REFUSE to give up my pasta. And forget that nasty wheat pasta. I won't go there. I always eat "thin" spaghetti, not angel hair but thin.

Let's hear it for pasta - yippee!

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3/2/10 3:52 P

*nodding my head in agreement* to BrooklynBridge's post.

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3/2/10 2:53 P

That SparkPeople article is way off. Yes, it can vary somewhat based on pasta shape, but 2 oz of dry pasta usually measures much closer to one full cup cooked.

To the OP, what we can all agree on is if you measure out 2 oz of dry pasta, cook it and then eat it, you are eating one serving size regardles of how big it gets when it's cooking. If you measure out 8 oz and eat 1/4 of the volume of it, you are eating one serving size, regardless of what the volume is.

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3/2/10 1:02 P

That 1/2 cup cooked isn't accurate (SparkPeople needs to fix its article).

Weight is the most accurate way. But 2 oz makes about 1 cup (the size of your fist) cooked.

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3/2/10 12:18 P

DOLCI07... thanks for asking this!!! It confused me too!

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3/2/10 11:38 A

If I'm dividing pasta into equal portions, I don't actually bother measuring after cooking. Weight is the most accurate way to measure food and it's far more accurate to measure pasta before cooking than after (since the way you cook your pasta can mean that it soaks up more or less water). So, I measure 4 servings (by weight), cook 4 servings, and then divide as equally as possible. Problem solved!

If all you're adding to your pasta in the cooking process is water, then the calories from the dry measurement ARE correct, whether that serving measures exactly what the "estimated volume" says or not.

Edited by: BRAVE_NEW_ME at: 3/2/2010 (11:39)

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3/2/10 11:06 A

Hence the "2 ounces dry = ABOUT 1/2 cup". This is why weighing is better than measuring dry ingredients, especially those that are large and uneven in size. For example, I always weigh strawberries instead of choosing a volume of them in the nutrition tracker.

Edited by: KALORIE-KILLAH at: 3/2/2010 (11:07)

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3/2/10 11:00 A

Hmm..but if you use cups your counting the volume which is actually not going to be equilavent if you were going to measure all the different sizes and shapes of different pastas..

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3/2/10 10:39 A

2 ounces dry = about 1/2 cup cooked

So, weigh the dry pasta to 2 ounces and that will be your serving.

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3/2/10 10:37 A

If I wanted to measure that out on my food scale, how many grams/ounces would that be? Or should i just use a cup and measure it out that way?

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3/2/10 10:12 A

One serving of pasta is 1/2 cup cooked (which is 2 ounces dry).

When you cook the pasta it will weigh more because of the water it soaks up.

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3/2/10 9:53 A

Am I eating the 200 calories for pasta? or for some reason when it is cooked maybe I'm eating more?

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3/2/10 9:49 A

This confused me when I started as well! Its difficult when you cook for more than one as well.

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3/2/10 9:42 A

Yup. For purposes of calculating the calories you eat, 2 oz of dry comes out to about 1 cup cooked.

You can eat just 1/2 cup if you want (that would be teeny little serving, IMO, but I love pasta!).

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3/2/10 9:30 A

2 oz is uncooked, which will be around 1/2 to 2/3 a cup. That comes out as 1 cup cooked. That's what I use as a serving.

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3/2/10 9:25 A

So, On the box it tells me that a serving size is 2 oz. I measure that out on my scale. I do 4 batches together. When I finished them I measure them out for each container, but each one is 1 cup. I heard that a serving of pasta is only 1/2 cup. I'm so confused!

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