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# Converting Dry Macaroni Measurements?

This is a page about how to convert dry macaroni measurements. Some recipes call for a certain number of ounces of pasta, instead of the number of cups. It is important to be able to convert back and forth from ounces to cups properly, so that the recipe is made correctly.

## 8 Questions

### Question: How To Convert Dry Macaroni Measurements?

September 9, 2007

Does anyone have a conversion chart for dry macaroni just how many cups is 8 oz.?

By jsham (Guest Post)
September 12, 200713 found this helpful

Most containers will give the approximate number of servings, as well as the number of servings in the container. Say the size of the box is 16 oz. and the number of servings is 8,with serving size being 1/2 cup. With this you can figure the results you need. In this case, 16 oz. (total weight);8 servings per container; 1/2 cup per serving. So, if there is 8 servings in 16 oz. then 2 oz. is a serving, and 2 oz. equils 1/2 cup. This means that there are 4 cups in l6 oz. so 8 oz. would be 2 cups.

I hope I have made this clear (I have taken these number amounts from my box of elbow macaroni. so I feel it is pretty accurate.

### Question: Number of Cups in a Quart of Macaroni?

May 20, 2020

How many cups equals a quartof macaroni?

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May 21, 20200 found this helpful

I make meals for 4 families since COVID began. When I make Baked Mac and Cheese, I use 4 pounds of elbow macaroni. And pour the drained pasta into a 7 quart large pot.

It fills it 3/4 full. So, quesstimating that it fills the pot to 5 quarts, you get 5 quarts of pasta from 4 pounds of dry pasta. That would be, 1.25 quarts per pound.

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May 21, 20200 found this helpful

Number of cups per quart, of cooked pasta, If you have 1.25 quarts per pound of pasta. You would get 8 cups of cooked pasta per pound of dry pasta.

May 30, 20200 found this helpful

It is different whether you mean how many cups of dried pasta makes a quart of macaroni, or how many cups of cooked pasta.

In general 4 cups of anything makes a quart

### Question: Cooked Weight of Elbow Macaroni?

October 13, 2020

How much does 1 lb (455g) of dry elbow macaroni weigh when cooked (wet) in grams?

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October 13, 20200 found this helpful

I thought this was a trick math question when I read it. 1 pound of pasta should weigh 1 pound when dry or cooked.

Dah on me...according to everything I read, pasta doubles in weight when cooked because of the water.

So from my understanding, 1 pound of dry pasta equals 2 pounds when cooked.

The easiest way to verify this is weight your pot, write down its weight, cook and drain your pasta, reweigh and subtract out the weight of the pot!

Blessings!

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October 15, 20200 found this helpful

There are some variables but this question is about elbow macaroni and the only variable would be al dente or 'done' (overcooked?).

Generally 8 ounces of short pasta (like macaroni) is about 2 cups.
So a 1 pound box of dry pasta (16 ounces = 4 cups dry) cooks up to about 8 cups.
Sounds like double the weight to me.

Statement from pasta company:

"Obviously getting the amount of pasta+water involves simply increasing these factors by 1, so al dente will weigh 2.25x the original, and typical American overcooked pasta will be 2.4x the original weight."

### Question: Conversion for Large Elbow Macaroni?

March 27, 2017

I have a recipe that calls for 1 lb. of large elbow macaroni. I could only find a 24 ounce package. How many cups do I use for 1 lb.? I measured the 24 ounces and it's 7 cups.

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

Well, 1 lb is 16 ounces. So, you would use 16 ounces of macaroni. Which should come out to around a little more than 4 and 1/2 cups.

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

16 ounces is a pound Use 2/3 of the package.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

If you ever need help again with conversations - Google is your best friend.

I searched : how heavy is 24 oz to pound

Results say

24 ounce is 1.5 pounds.

So I would 80% off the bag.

April 24, 20170 found this helpful

Liquid measure has 8 ounces equalling 1 cup. Dry measure is different. 7 cups equals about 24 ounces.

July 23, 20173 found this helpful

1 cup = 8 oz = 1/2 lb.
2 cup = 16 oz = 1 lb.

August 29, 20174 found this helpful

1 cup of liquid is 8 fl oz. 1 cup of dry elbow macaroni is 1/4 pound

Anonymous
September 4, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you

### Question: Number of Cups in a Box of Macaroni?

August 10, 2017

How many cups of elbow macaroni in a 12 ounce box of macaroni?

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August 10, 20172 found this helpful

You have 3 cups of dried macaroni This will double when cooked.

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August 10, 20171 found this helpful

In a 12oz box of macaroni you will have 6 cups of cooked macaroni. If you have an 8oz box of macaroni this will yield 4 cups. So for every ounce of macaroni in a box it will yield 1/2 cups of cooked macaroni.

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August 10, 20171 found this helpful

I believe this question always gets a lot of confusing answers as no one seems to measure pasta/macaroni in the same way. Dry measurement does not always equal out the same as liquid measurements and the type/size of macaroni can make a difference in how many cups in 12 ounces.
Here is an excellent site to ask any of your cooking questions.

And if you really want to be confused - read some answers from past posts of ThriftyFun.

www.thriftyfun.com/Converting-Dry-Macaroni-Measurements...

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August 11, 20171 found this helpful

It is six cups cooked

August 14, 20173 found this helpful

A 12 oz box has approximately 3 cups of dry macaroni. Your quantity will double when cooked so you will then have about 6 cups of cooked pasta.

### Question: Measuring Dry Macaroni?

July 22, 2019

I need to make 2 lbs of pasta. So am I correct to say that's three 12 ounce boxes?

### Question: Conversions from Dry Grams of Pasta to Cups Cooked?

May 30, 2019

500gr of macaroni is equal to how many cups of cooked macaroni?

### Question: How Many Cups For Mac and Cheese?

July 15, 2023

How many cups of dry elbow mac do I need to make 80 servings of Mac and cheese?