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3,572 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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178 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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1,381 7/21/10 5:21 P
Thank you for answering my question!! Off to make my dinner now! :)
*nodding my head in agreement* to BrooklynBridge's post.
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.
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.
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!