Pasta and Rice Conversions (2024)

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Pasta and Rice Conversions & Equivalents

Pasta Conversions & Equivalents

1 pound dried pasta (16 oz.)serves 4 - 5 people
2 ounces long pastayields 1 cup pasta cooked
2 ounces short pastayields 1¼ cups cooked
2 ounces soup pastayields about⅔ cup to 1 cup cooked
2 ounces shellsyields about 1 cups cooked
1 pound dried pastaequals 4 cups dry pasta
1 cup of dry pastayields about 2 cups of cooked pasta
1 pound of dry pastayields about 8 cups of cooked pasta
2 ounces (1 cup) dry egg noodlesyields about 1 cup egg noodles cooked

How frustrating is it when you're cooking dinner from a great recipe in your favorite cooking magazine that says you need 2 cups of cooked rice, but you have no idea how much dry rice that takes? Or what if you need to know how many cups of cooked macaroni yields from 1 cup of dry macaroni?

I've been there, so I created this helpful list of rice and pasta conversions and equivalents that will help all home cooks. I know I'll be referring to it often.

How Much Pasta Per Person?

The question most often asked about pasta is how much dry pasta you cook per person. This depends on many factors, including the type of pasta, how it is served, what it is served with, and who you are serving it to.

According to the pasta manufacturer Barilla, 2 ounces of dry pasta is the right amount per person. That sounds right if the pasta is a side dish to a chicken or meat entry or if you serve it as a small plate appetizer.

Many of my favorite Italian cookbooks suggest 1 pound (16 ounces) of pasta for four people or 4 ounces per person. That seems like a lot of pasta to me. I typically cook a pound box of pasta like penne or a pound package of spaghetti or fettuccine for the four of us, but there are usually leftovers at the end of the meal.

I will say 3 - 4 ounces per person should work out nicely, but that depends on the eater. Another way you'll see long pasta like spaghetti or angel hair presented in cookbooks and on the internet is in diameter. For example, a 2⅛ inch circumference of spaghetti equates to 2 ounces of dry spaghetti or 1 cup cooked.

I don't know about you, but I can't remember the last time I measured out the circumference of my pasta before cooking. I have seen those spaghetti measuring tools you can purchase that have different-sized holes to measure out the circumference, I even have one somewhere in the drawer, but it rarely sees the light of day. So maybe I need to give it a try.

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How Much Rice Per Person?

Like pasta servings, this depends on if you are serving it as a side dish or as the main dish with other ingredients added to it. It also depends on who you are serving it to. And then it depends on who you ask.

Many recipes I see call for about 1 cup of cooked rice per serving. Some dietitians and the USDA say this is too much, and you should only eat ½ cup of cooked rice per serving unless you are on a special diet; somewhere in the middle works fine.

In our house, since we always use leftovers for the girl's lunches, we usually cook more than we will serve for dinner and portion out what "feels" right for each kid.

Rice to Liquid Ratio

The most common ratio for rice to liquid is 1 to 2 or 1 cup rice to 2 cups of water, yielding 3 cups of cooked rice. The formula is simple: 1-2-3.

So if you were cooking 2 cups of rice, you would cook it with 4 cups of liquid to yield 6 cups of cooked rice.

I'm saying liquid here and not water, even though most people cook their rice in water because you can try cooking your rice in chicken or vegetable stock for extra flavor.

Rice Conversions & Equivalents

1 cup uncooked white riceyields 3 cups of cooked white rice
1 cup brown whole-grain riceyields 4 cups of cooked rice
1 cup long-grain riceyields 3 cups cooked rice
1 cup dry pre-cooked instant riceyields 2 cups cooked rice
1 cup uncooked wild riceyields 3 cups cooked wild rice
Assuming 1 cup of cooked rice per person.
¾ cup (96 grams) uncooked riceserves 2 persons
1 cup (180 grams) uncooked riceserves 3 persons
2 cups (360 grams) uncooked riceserves 6 persons
Assuming ½ cup of cooked rice per person.
¾ cup (96 grams) uncooked riceserves4 persons
1 cup (180 grams) uncooked riceserves6 persons
2 cups (360 grams) uncooked riceserves12 persons

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  1. Kathryn Spark

    If 1/4 cup uncooked rice serves 1 person, wouldn't 1 cup uncooked rice serve 4 people (not 2 cups serve 4 people)? Just asking! 🙂


    • G. Stephen Jones

      Hi Kathryn. 1/4 cup of rice yields about 3/4 cup cooked. I'm assuming 1 cup of rice per person. So depending on how much rice an individual eats, 1 cup, 3/4 cup or 1/2 cup will determine the yield per person.


  2. Lilly Gorman

    This is SO helpful! Thank you so much!


  3. Katrina Marshall

    Many thanks,I'm making a rice and bean (Costa Rica)dish and didn't want to make as much as they were asking. Glad I saw this sight


  4. Karen

    I am making a rice dish which calls for 350g of rice....I guess it would be cooked, how many cups would that be


    • G. Stephen Jones

      Karen, I would have to see the recipe before I could say if the rice is cooked or not but 1 cup of uncooked rice weighs around 175-185 grams so if the rice is uncooked, you are talking about 2 cups of rice. 1 cup of cooked rice weighs about 195-200 grams so you would need about 1.88 cups. Hope this helps.


  5. Florence

    Pasta and Rice Conversions (6)
    This has been so helpful. Thanks!


  6. Sabrina

    Thank you for your conversions!! 💕


  7. Adele Farough

    Are there different conversions for short-grain (e.g. arborio) rice?


  8. baked georgia

    my local barilla package recommends a 80 grams portion. which is 2,82 oz.

    I must say a typical weekday dinner I ate around 3,5 oz really, when it's the main dish.


  9. Sally

    Would one cup of uncooked quinoa yield the same amount as one cup of uncooked long grain white rice?


    • G. Stephen Jones

      Hi Sally, 1 cup of quinoa cooked with 2 cups of liquid yields 3 cups of cooked quinoa. So your answer is yes. You can find conversions for grains here.


  10. Chantel

    Although this may be helpful for some people, this was completely useless for me. I asked a simple question and LITERALLY nobody on the internet can answer me! This is a conversation page, and its information for me is worthless. And it's not this site alone.
    I just want to know how much of a certain thing is uncooked to cooked. It shouldn't be this freaking hard. Never mind I'll do it my damn self since nobody can help me. Your website is literally supposed to be about conversions, I figured you would be able to help. And I'm sorry you're getting the brunt of this. I'm just so frustrated and your headline on Google made it appear as if you'd help. And after much searching im just going to have to waste food and time and figure it out myself.
    I hope you can help other people because none of this was helpful to me.


    • G. Stephen Jones

      Hi Chantel, I almost deleted your comment for two reasons - one, I have no idea what you are asking for. "Certain thing is uncooked to cooked". What certain thing? The charts show both rice and pasta conversions of uncooked to cooked. And two, I thought the way you asked for help was extremely rude. Sorry you are not getting what you want but I have no idea what that is.


  11. Tracy Sagona

    Thank you for all this info. I’m about to attempt cooking crawfish etouffee for 400 people for a church festival. My first question was answered here in how to figure out the rice conversions. Thank you so much.

    I think Chantel was just looking for a place to complain and found it here.

    Thank you again for the info.


  12. Liana

    Thank you so much for these conversions! I went to culinary school and I scoured my textbooks I saved for this information to no avail. I usually guesstimate when I'm cooking at home and am spot at times on or come really close. But I wanted something more precise for my need. My 14 year old niece has started cooking and is really enjoying it. So I am making a cookbook of recipes perfect for a cast iron skillet and I wanted to take some information and compile some "useful" charts in the book for conversions of various things as a resource and reference for her. I'm pairing this book along with her very first cast iron skillet for Christmas. I wasn't exactly sure how to put my guesstimates into word and wanted something more precise for her and these perfect! I will make sure to credit your website under the charts I put in the book.
    Thanks again!


    • G. Stephen Jones

      You are welcome Liana.


  13. Joan

    In pkg rice such as rice a roni--- is that instant rice???


  14. Kevin

    First thing that popped up when we Googled "recipe calls for 3 cups cooked rice". Thanks for taking the time to put this together!


  15. Kevin

    First thing that popped up when we Googled "recipe calls for 3 cups cooked rice". Thanks for taking the time to put this together!


  16. Larry Lowry

    Good information.


  17. NICKI

    My recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of cooked white rice. How much dry rice and how much liquid.Thanks for your help. Nicki


    • G. Stephen Jones

      Hi Nicki, if you look at the chart you will see 1 cup uncooked white rice yields 3 cups cooked rice so if you halve the 3 cups to 1 1/2 cup, the uncooked would be 1/2 cup. The ratio of rice to liquid is 1 to 2 so 1/2 cup of uncooked rice needs 1 cup of liquid to yield 1 1/2 cups cooked.


  18. kazy

    What about arborio rice. What's the yield on 1 cup of uncooked arborio rice? I'm not talking about risotto where you have to use like 4 cups of water for 1 cup of arborio. If you cook arborio like you cook any other rice, what's the yield?


    • G. Stephen Jones

      Hi Kazy, personally I have never made arborio rice like basmati rice but when I looked it up, the majority of sources say 1 part arborio rice to 1.5 parts liquid (either water or broth).


  19. jan siefker

    I wish I could save this to my Pinterest so when I need it, I can find it. I have a very short memory.


  20. Mel Macgowan

    I need to know how much raw rice to use instead of 1 1/2 cups raw pasta plz ?? Anyone ?? 🤔🤔


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Pasta and Rice Conversions (2024)


Does 1 cup of uncooked rice make 2 cups of cooked rice? ›

As a general rule, 1 cup of uncooked rice will equal about 3 cups of cooked rice. Leftover rice can be used later in the week to make fried rice or chicken rice casserole.

How much does 2 oz of dry pasta weigh after cooking? ›

The recommended pasta serving size is 2 ounces (56 g) of uncooked pasta, which equals approximately 1 cup (200 g) of cooked pasta. For a detailed conversion of dry vs. cooked pasta visit our conversion chart located in the Pasta Measuring FAQ.

How much cooked pasta is 1 cup dry? ›

You will need roughly 1 cup (or 0.9 cups to be precise) of dried pasta to obtain 2 cups of cooked pasta. Generally, the ratio of dry pasta to cooked pasta is approximately 1:1.5 to 1:2, as the dry pasta tends to expand upon boiling/cooking, and it can easily double in weight.

How much pasta do I need for 35 people? ›

How Much Pasta to Make Per Person
Type of PastaUncooked Amount Per Person
Elbow Macaroni½ cup/2 oz
Fettuccine2 oz
Linguine2 oz
Medium Shell¾ cup/2 oz
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Jun 20, 2023

How much uncooked rice do I need for 2 cups cooked? ›

1 cup of dry rice serves about 2-3 people depending on what it is going to be saved with. 1 cup of white rice makes about 2 cups of cooked rice. So if you need 1 cup of cooked rice per person and you have more than just 2 people make extra rice in a bigger pot.

How many servings does 1 2 cup of uncooked rice make? ›

How much uncooked rice to use for main dishes
ServingsUncooked CupsWeight (oz)
31 1/29.6
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Jul 24, 2023

How many cups is 4 oz of dry pasta? ›

Use the following guide: Small pasta (such as macaroni, conchiglie, or cavatelli): Four ounces equals about 1 cup uncooked. That will give you about 2 1/2 cups cooked pasta, enough for 2 or 3 servings. – Medium pasta (such as rigatoni or mostaccioli): Four ounces measures about 3 cups.

How much dry pasta is 8oz cooked? ›

Dry pasta guidelines
Type of PastaUncooked AmountCooked Amount
Rigatoni3 cups/8 oz.4 cups
Rotini3 cups/8 oz.4-1/2 cups
Spaghetti8 oz5 cups
Thin Spaghetti8 oz.4-1/2 cups
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Jun 17, 2019

How much dry pasta is 1lb cooked? ›

Depending on the pasta's shape, usually 4 cups of dry pasta is equal to 1 pound of pasta. Because 1 cup of dry pasta equals about 2 cups of cooked noodles, 1 pound of dry pasta yields 8 cups cooked.

How much is 1 2 cup uncooked pasta cooked? ›

It will definitely depend on the size and shape. But generally, 2 ounces of dry pasta like penne or bow tie is about 1/2 cup. Once cooked, that amount yields 1 to 11/4 cups.

How much pasta is 2 3 cup dry when cooked? ›

For example, when cooking a semolina penne, Barilla says to measure 2/3 cup dried pasta for 1 1/4 cups of cooked pasta; if you're cooking rotini, use 1/2 cup of dried pasta for 1 cup cooked.

What is 1 cup of dry pasta? ›

Measuring Elbow Macaroni

If using a food scale, place the pasta in the cup attached to the scale and measure 57 g. If using measuring cups, a single 2 oz. (57 g) serving is 1/2 cup of dried pasta. Two servings = 1 cup; four servings = 2 cups; six servings = 3 cups; eight servings = 4 cups.

How much dry pasta do I need for 20 people? ›

When you cook pasta, 2 ounces of dry pasta per person is a good rule of thumb to follow.

How much pasta do I need for 50 people as a side dish? ›

How to use this food quantity chart:
Food TypeApproximate Amount for 50 ServingsServing Size Per Person
Pasta, as side dish, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles4-5 16 oz. pkgs.1/2 cup, cooked
Rice, uncooked3-4 lbs1/2 cup, cooked
Beans, canned8-12 15.5 ounce cans1/2 cup
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How much pasta is enough for 30 people? ›

Measuring Pasta

When you cook pasta, 2 ounces (56 g) of dry pasta per person is a good rule of thumb to follow.

How do you get 2 cups of cooked rice? ›

The key to perfect rice is in the ratio of water to rice. Generally, the ideal ratio for white long grain rice is 2 cups of water per 1 cup of uncooked rice. To cook 2 cups of uncooked white long grain rice, you'll need 4 cups of water.

How much uncooked rice equals 1 cup cooked rice? ›

So if you want one cup cooked rice, use 1/2 cup uncooked rice and one cup water. Very simple. Typically, 1 cup of uncooked rice will yield about 3 cups of cooked rice. This is a general estimate and may vary slightly based on the type of rice and the cooking method used.

How many servings does 1 cup of dry rice make? ›

Step by step stove cooking instructions

Measure one cup of long grain white rice into a cup and level it off. One cup of dry rice will make enough cooked rice for two to three adult servings. (Or two adults and two small children.)

How many cups of water for 2 cups of uncooked rice? ›

The rice to water ratio is to use 2 cups water for every 1 cup white rice. In general, use double the amount of water than rice. If you're making 2 cups rice, use 4 cups water.


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