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How much cooked pasta will dry uncooked pasta yield?

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An 8 ounce portion of dry spaghetti yields approximately 3 1/2 cups when cooked, while 8 ounces of macaroni yields around 4 cups cooked. The amount of cooked pasta yielded by dry uncooked pasta will vary depending on the type and size of pasta. Larger and bulkier pasta types, such as rigatoni, penne rigate and wide noodles, will yield more cooked pasta per dry pasta amount, while smaller pasta types usually yield less.

Pasta is a traditional staple food in Italian cuisine. It is made from unleavened dough of durum wheat flour, cereals or grain mixed with water. Pasta can be divided into broad categories like short and long, or dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca), with the latter using chicken eggs as a source of liquid instead of water. The most famous legend about the pasta states that it was brought back to Italy by Marco Polo from one of his travels to the Orient. However, pasta may have been introduced to Sicily much earlier that the era of Marco Polo.

The approximate yield for some of the more popular pasta types are listed below.

  • Bucatini: 8 ounces = 4 1/2 cups
  • Cappellini: 8 ounces = 3 3/4 cups
  • Vermicelli: 8 ounces = 3 1/2 cups
  • Pappardelle: 8 ounces = 4 cups
  • Tagliatelle: 8 ounces = 4 cups
  • Penne: 8 ounces = 5 cups
  • Rigatoni: 8 ounces = 4 1/4 cups

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