Actually, it didn't. Hence, my query. I did cook just 1/2 cup of pasta (at least this pasta) and it comes out to a little more than a cup - my service size is 1/3 cup (for the recipe) and I get a little over 3 servings from 1/2 cup cooked.
I don't usually see just calories for a dry serving, but that is what this box gives. However, it's nice to know that all of those calories are actually for at least 2 servings. I think we tend to assume that dry is the same as cooked and it's not. Rice usually tells what the cooked serving is, i.e. 1/2 cup cooked for a serving size that is about 1 cup. So, I was surprised that this brand of pasta didn't.
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I've always believed a serving was 1/2 cup cooked. I googled it and here is some information that might be helpful. But of course, weight isn't a concern in some circles. You'd get more elbow macaroni I'm sure in 1/2 cup than penne or rigatoni.
try looking on the pasta label to see if it also has the amount of grams per serving in parenthesis i.e. 3/4 cup (56 gr) dry. I tend to weigh my servings out as opposed to using measuring cups and it has been working well for me.
The same amount of different pastas dry will cook up to different amounts cooked. Try cooking 1/2 cup dry and then re-measure it after you have cooked it. You then have two choices - you can eat all of it and use the nutritional info on the box or you can eat 1/2 cup and use the nutritional info for that amount.
I usually use the dry weight rather than the volume since then I am getting the same amount no matter what pasta I am using. The same weight of spaghetti and rigatoni will not be the same volume because there will be more space in the volume of rigatoni than in the spaghetti.
That seems like just another one of those ways they like to mess with our heads and the nutritional value...it seems like one has to look closer and closer for the details to make sure the "serving size" is what the nutritional value is talking about.
A 'serving' (according to the current food pyramid) is 1/2 cup of cooked pasta. However, nutritional information on your pasta's package may not be a 'serving' and may be cooked or uncooked.
Since pasta soaks up water, cooked pasta will weigh a little more than uncooked. In my experience, it's usually doubles (ie 50 grams of uncooked pasta turns into 100 grams of cooked pasta). I'm not sure what converts to cup-wise though.
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