Hi, I'm Teresa and welcome to my fresh kitchen. Today, I wanted to talk to you about the ratio for how to make pasta. Pasta gets a little bit of a bad rep because it's such a dense source of carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates at that. But let's not forget that pasta is a cornerstone of Mediterranean diet which is one of the healthiest diets we know. But on that note it doesn't give you the license to eat buckets of pasta. So I'm going to show you the proper portion of pasta. It can be really confusing because the nutrition label of a box of pasta will give it you in dry and it will also give it to you in ounces. Neither of which is intuitive to us when we're trying to figure out how much pasta we should eat. So the serving size when it's dry is two ounces. Which looks like this much pasta. The best way to know how much it weighs is to get a food scale. But after you cook your pasta it will absorb the water through the cooking process and then will practically double in size. So that same two ounces of dry pasta once it's cooked actually comes out to this portion size which is just over a cup. But if you really want to think about it visually it's about the amount that will fit in the palms of your hands without overflowing. So the best bet go ahead and cook your dry pasta and don't really worry about it if you don't have a food scale. But when you're serving it and it's cooked remember that you want to have that palm full.