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How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking

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author image Judy Bruen
Judy Bruen is a private certified personal trainer and wellness coach. She holds dual master's degrees from Boston College in clinical social work and pastoral ministry. She currently works with individuals on fitness, health and lifestyle goals.
How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Measuring your pasta before you cook it helps prevent overeating and contributes to portion control. Portion control and eating the appropriate amounts of a food can have a large effect on your weight. While many pasta boxes label a serving size as 2 oz. of dry pasta, or one cup of cooked pasta, the Department of Agriculture recommends preparing 1 oz. of uncooked pasta, or a half cup cooked pasta to meet your size requirement for grains.

Scale

Step 1

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Use a digital or spring scale to measure your pasta. Add dry pasta to the scale incrementally.

Step 2

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Stop adding pasta when the scale reads 1 oz. or 30 g if you want to adhere to the USDA's serving size recommendation.

Step 3

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Add dry pasta until the scale measures 2 oz. or 60 g if you choose to follow the box's serving size suggestion.

Measuring Cups

Step 1

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Use 1/8 cup to ration out a 1-oz. serving size of pasta.

Step 2

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Use 1/4 cup to ration out a 2-oz. serving size of pasta.

Step 3

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Cook for more than one and multiply your serving sizes by 1/8 or 1/4 cups.

Hands

Step 1

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Measure long strand pasta with your hands. Form a 1-1/2 inch diameter with the long strand pasta. This equals 8 oz. of dry pasta.

Step 2

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Divide the pasta into eight equal sections to adhere to USDA serving size recommendation. Use one section per serving size. Store extra pasta for future use.

Step 3

How to Measure Out a Serving Size of Pasta Before Cooking
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Divide the pasta into four equal sections if you want to adhere to the 2 oz. serving size recommendation. Use one section per serving size. Store extra pasta for future use.

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