Shapes may vary in size according to the manufacturer, so use these measurements as generalizations. One serving size of pasta is just 1/2 cup of cooked pasta.
8 ounces of uncooked small to medium pasta shapes = 4 cups cooked
8 ounces of uncooked long pasta shapes = 1 1/2-inch diameter bunch = 4 cups cooked
8 ounces of uncooked egg noodles = 2 1/2 cups cooked
The Food Guide Pyramid defines 1/2 cup cooked pasta as one serving. If you compare your hand to a plate of cooked pasta with sauce, you'll find that you're probably eating two cups of pasta, which means you're getting three to four servings of low-fat, high carbohydrate pasta in a single meal, at least half the recommended daily amount of grain foods.
A quarter = two ounces dry spaghetti
Two ounces of dry long pasta bunched up in your hand, such as spaghetti, thin spaghetti, linguine or vermicelli, is about the same size as the diameter of a quarter. Two ounces of dry pasta yields about 1 cup of cooked pasta (two servings).
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