Serving Size for Pasta with Meat Sauce

What is the suggested serving size for cooked pasta with meat sauce?

Mary from Ottumwa, IA



March 16, 20090 found this helpful

If you go by the nutrition guides, a serving of pasta is 1/2 cup.

However, that is simply the amount that they have chosen to figure the values on. It doesn't mean that's all you can have for the meal. Remember that you can have 6-11 "servings" of bread and pasta per day! (A "serving" of bread is one slice; that doesn't mean you can't have two and make a sandwich!)

In my opinion 1 to 2 cups of pasta would be a reasonable amount for a main dish, depending on the eater's size and caloric needs. I would add about 2/3 cup of meat sauce.

For a side dish of noodles, I would stay in the 1/2 to 1 cup range. A one-cup serving of noodles is a decent, not stingy amount.

Granted, this is not scientific, just my opinion.

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