How Much Pasta Per Person?
The question most often asked about pasta is how much dry pasta do you cook per person? This really depends on a bunch of factors including the type of pasta, how it is served, what it is served with and who are you serving it to.
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According to the pasta manufacturer Barilla, 2 ounces of dry pasta is the right amount per person. That sounds right if the pasta is a side dish to a chicken or meat entry or if you are serving it as a small plate appetizer.
In many of my favorite Italian cookbooks, they suggest 1 pound (16 ounces) of pasta for 4 people or 4 ounces per person. That seems like a lot of pasta to me. I typically cook a pound box of pasta like penne or a pound package of spaghetti or fettuccine for the four of us, but there are usually leftovers at the end of the meal.
I’m going to say 3 – 4 ounces per person depending on what type of eater you are feeding should work out nicely. Another way you’ll see long pasta like spaghetti or angle hair presented in cookbooks and on the internet is in diameter. For example, a 2⅛ inch circumference of spaghetti equates to 2 ounces dry spaghetti or 1 cup cooked.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember the last time I measured out the circumference of my pasta before cooking. I have seen those spaghetti measuring tools you can purchase that have different sized wholes in them to use to measure out circumference, I think I even have one somewhere in the drawer but it rarely sees the light of day. Maybe I need to give it a try.
Pasta Conversions & Equivalents
|1 pound dried pasta (16 oz.)||serves||4 – 5 people|
|2 ounces long pastas||yields||1 cup pasta cooked|
|2 ounces short pastas||yields||1¼ cups cooked|
|2 ounces soup pastas||yields about||⅔ cup to 1 cups cooked|
|2 ounces shells||yields about||1 cups cooked|
|1 pound dried pasta||equals||4 cups dry pasta|
|1 cup of dry pasta||yields about||2 cups of cooked pasta|
|1 pound of dry pasta||yields about||8 cups of cooked pasta|
|2 ounces (1 cup) dry egg noodles||yields about||1 cup egg noodles cooked|
How Much Rice Per Person?
Like pasta servings, this depends on if you are you serving it as a side dish or as the main dish with other ingredients added to it. It also depends on who you are serving it to. And then it depends on who you ask.
Many recipes I see call for about 1 cup of cooked rice per serving. Some dietitians as well as the USDA say this is too much and you should only eat ½ cup cooked rice per serving. I think that unless you are on a special diet, somewhere in the middle works fine.
In our house, since we are always using leftovers for the girls lunches, so we usually cook more than we are going to serve for dinner and portion out what “feels” right for each kid.
Rice to Liquid Ratio
The most common ratio for rice to liquid is 1 to 2 or 1 cup rice to 2 cups of water which will yield 3 cups cooked rice. The formula is simple: 1-2-3.
So if you were cooking 2 cups of rice, you would cook it with 4 cups of liquid to yield 6 cups of cooked rice.
I’m saying liquid here and not water even though most people cook their rice in water because you can try cooking your rice in chicken or vegetable stock for extra flavor.
Rice Conversions & Equivalents
|1 cup uncooked white rice||yields||3 cups of cooked white rice|
|1 cup brown whole grain rice||yields||4 cups of cooked rice|
|1 cup long grain rice||yields||3 cups cooked rice|
|1 cup dry pre-cooked instant rice||yields||2 cups cooked rice|
|1 cup uncooked wild rice||yields||3 cups cooked wild rice|
|Assuming 1 cup of cooked rice per person.|
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|¾ cup (96 grams) uncooked rice||serves||2 persons|
|1 cup (180 grams) uncooked rice||serves||3 persons|
|2 cups (360 grams) uncooked rice||serves||6 persons|
|Assuming 1/2 cup of cooked rice per person.|
|¾ cup (96 grams) uncooked rice||serves||4 persons|
|1 cup (180 grams) uncooked rice||serves||6 persons|
|2 cup (360 grams) uncooked rice||serves||12 persons|
Other Important Ingredient Conversions
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|HERB CONVERSIONS||MUSHROOM CONVERSIONS|
|GRAIN CONVERSIONS||PASTA/RICE CONVERSIONS|
|INGREDIENT CONVERSIONS||TOMATO CONVERSIONS|