I would say a 1/2 cup of cooked pasta is a serving. I think that sounds like the equivalent of 2 oz. uncooked pasta when I'm eyeing it in my mind's eye:)
Here's a little recipe for you: Cook the pasta (I use spaghetti) in beef or chicken broth (I use powdered boullion and just add enough til it tastes right). In a little saute pan, add some olive oil. Saute a little chopped garlic (depends on how much you like. I use about a clove) until golden. Add a couple splashes of Mongolian Fire Oil (found in the Asian cooking area of your grocery store), a dash of Italian seasoning, and crushed red peppers. You could add cooked meat, poultry or shrimp and heat it all through...or some veggies. Pour over drained pasta and toss through with some parmesan, mozzarella, or a shredded six cheese Italian blend. I really love this stuff. It has a nice spicy kick (mostly from the red pepper flakes...the fire oil isn't really spicy). I make a big pot and eat the leftovers (about the only leftovers I like!). It's also good at room temperature.
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The 2 oz is for uncooked pasta. That is a much easier measure than a cup due to the varying shapes of pastas. 2 oz may not seem like much, but I think that is due to the overwhelming portions that are served in most restaurants.
Here's another explanation: As labeled on a retail package of dried pasta, the standard serving is 2 ounces (56 grams) of uncooked pasta. The cup measure approximating 2 ounces varies with the shape of the pasta. Some examples: Pasta Shape Uncooked Cooked Elbows 1/2 cup 1 cup Penne 3/4 cup 1 cup Ribbed Lasagne 2 1/2 pieces 2 1/2 pieces Spaghetti 1/8 of a lb. carton 1 1/4 cups Egg Noodles 1 1/4 cups 1 1/4 cups
Hope that helps!
Edited by: IRISH98 at: 12/1/2007 (12:16)
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I have wondered the same thing. Although I do see from time to time some boxes will say if a serving measurement is uncooked or cooked pasta. However, I have found that to be more uncommon than the norm.
I have always counted it as being cooked pasta but I don't know what the official rule is on it.
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