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How many cups are in a pound of pasta?

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The number of cups in a pound of pasta depends on the type of pasta; for example, smaller pasta like macaroni or penne makes about 9 cups of pasta, while longer, skinny pasta like spaghetti or fettuccine noodles make about 7 cups of pasta. When making pasta, a 1/4 cup of dried pasta makes about 4 ounces, which is a typical serving size. Therefore, a typical 1 lb. box of pasta makes four individual servings.

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Pastas, especially semolina flour pastas, expand when cooked in water or broth, which is why the yield is so low. Egg noodles, however, do not expand that much when cooked, so a pound of egg noodles will make approximately 5 cups of cooked noodles.

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