How to measure one serving of spaghetti

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How to measure one serving of spaghetti
A single portion of cooked spaghetti is about 100 g (3.5 oz). (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Measuring one portion of spaghetti can be tricky. Dry pasta can look like a deceptively small portion, but once it's cooked the portion will look larger, since pasta swells as it cooks. A single potion of spaghetti is about 100 g (3.5 oz), according to the website Love Food Hate Waste. Add another 150 g (5.3 oz) worth of sauce, cheese, or other toppings, and you will end up with a single-serving pasta meal consisting of about 250 g (8.8 oz).

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Things you need

  • Kitchen scale
  • Spaghetti
  • Stove
  • Cooking pot
  • Saucepan
  • Pasta sauce
  • Strainer

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  1. 1

    Place a kitchen scale on a level surface, such as your worktop.

  2. 2

    Add dry spaghetti to the scale until the scale reads 40 to 45 g (1.5 oz). Uncooked pasta will swell as it cooks and will weigh more once it's cooked. Measuring 40 to 45 g (1.5 oz) of dry spaghetti will yield about 100 g (3.5 oz) -- or a single serving -- of cooked spaghetti.

  3. 3

    Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. Add the spaghetti once the water has begun to boil.

  4. 4

    Cook the spaghetti for the recommended amount of time indicated on the box or bag of spaghetti. Strain the spaghetti once it has finished cooking.

  5. 5

    Use the scale to weigh 150 g (5.3 oz) (in total) of any toppings you choose to have, such as sauce, cheese, vegetables, etc. Pour the toppings on the spaghetti and you will have a single-serving pasta meal consisting of 250 g (8.8 oz).

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you set your scale to measure in grams. If you measure in ounces, you will need to adjust your portion size (1 oz equals 28 g).
  • A single serving is based on a regular-sized adult, with a moderate level of daily activity. If you are an athlete or have a high level of physical activity, your portion size may need to be increased.

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