The yield for pasta will vary according to its size and shape. It is sometimes difficult to determine the amount of pasta to cook for a recipe, especially if the package is opened and partially used.
For long pasta, such as spaghetti, linguine and fettuccine, a 1-1/2-in.-diameter bundle of the pasta is about 8 ounces.
The chart below is a guideline for dry, packaged pasta.
|Type of Pasta||Uncooked Amount||Cooked Amount|
|Angel Hair||8 oz.||4 cups|
|Bow Tie||4 cups/8 oz.||4 cups|
|Egg Noodle||4 cups/8 oz.||4 cups|
|Elbow Macaroni||2 cups/8 oz.||4 cups|
|Fettuccine||8 oz.||3-1/4 cups|
|Linguine||8 oz.||4 cups|
|Medium Shell||3 cups/8 oz.||4 cups|
|Rigatoni||3 cups/8 oz.||4 cups|
|Rotini||3 cups/8 oz.||4-1/2 cups|
|Spaghetti||8 oz||5 cups|
|Thin Spaghetti||8 oz.||4-1/2 cups|
|Vermicelli||8 oz.||4-1/2 cups|
|Ziti||3 cups/8 oz.||4-1/2 cups|
How to Cook Spaghetti
Carefully hold spaghetti in boiling water and ease it down into the water as it softens, pushing it around the edge of the pan. When fully immersed in the water, stir the spaghetti to separate strands.