Measuring Dry Pasta?

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Spaghetti and other long pastas can be more difficult to measure than smaller pasta types. This is a page about measuring dry pasta.


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January 28, 2018

How many cups in 16oz of dry penne pasta?


January 29, 20181 found this helpful
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Pasta doubles in size. 16 ounces is 4 cups dry and 8 cups cooked.

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January 31, 20180 found this helpful
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If you are only looking for dry measurements, then it is 4 cups.

If you want cooked measurements, then it is double this which means it is 8 cups.

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February 5, 20180 found this helpful
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Most sites show penne pasta as medium size but there is also a mini size penne. Instructions are usually given for the medium size.


  • Barilla shows this for their blue box.
  • Penne - 5 cups - 9-1/2 cups cooked
  • Most instructions show this measurement:
  • 8 ounces of uncooked small to medium pasta shapes = 4 cups cooked
  • Measure penne pasta using measuring cups or a food scale. If you are using measuring cups, a single 2 oz. (57 g) serving is 3/4 cup of dried pasta.
  • Two servings = 1 1/2 cups; four servings = 3 cups; six servings = 4 1/2 cups; eight servings = 6 cups.
  • Here is a link that might help with all the confusion.
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January 28, 20180 found this helpful

I think 2 cups dry and 4 cups cooked

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