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How to calculate the amount of pasta per person?

a good plate of pasta save anyone from a pinch in the kitchen. They are easy to prepare and do not take a long time. For sure, it is one of the first ones you prepared when you left home and the biggest concern was: how much should I put per person? Of course, this depends on the type of pasta and the taste of each one; but here we offer you some tips to have the right measurements per diner and not stay hungry.


For rigatoni and the like

This type of pasta doubles in volume after cooking so let’s use a visual aid. You can calculate the precise amount by pouring the rigatoni into a deep plate, where you will later serve your food. A full plate will serve two servings once cooked.

For noodles and spaghetti

Spaghetti spoons (or pasta servers) have a hole in the center that is not just for draining the water. Use it as an indicator of the amount of noodles you need for your dish.


Between 80 and 100 grams per person

The estimated personal ration for adults is between 80 and 100 grams (in noodles or spaghetti); while for children it is 55 grams. We can find packages from 450 grams, so you could get up to five adult dishes.

The personal ration for adults is between 80 and 100 grams of noodles.


If the package is already started and you don’t have a scale to help you measure the weight, follow this advice. Take a handful of noodles and see if your hand closes perfectly. That is the recommended amount per person.

A variation of this trick is to see the amount of long pasta (noodles, spaghetti or tagliatelle) that will fit in the circle formed by putting your index finger and thumb together, as if you were making the “ok” symbol.

For short pasta (bowls, rigatoni, etc.), shape a bowl with your hand. The portion that will fit inside is your measurement for one serving. If the hands are small, add a little more.

Source: Elcomercio

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