How much spaghetti?

@lilcee (2705)
United States
September 10, 2008 2:36pm CST
I love spaghetti but every time I cook it, I cook way too much. I have a hard time cooking just enough for two people. Does anyone have a good way to measure how much spaghetti I need to cook for 2 people? Is there any kind of gadget that does that? I've seen a microwave cooker that is used for pasta and has two round things on the cover to measure spaghetti. Anyone seen that or use it? Thanks
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9 responses
• Canada
11 Sep 08
Being married to an italain, i can tell you pasta is a big staple in our diet. One of the things i have learned about making too much pasta is the art of leftovers. There is a little dish that we call pasta pizza. Its very simple to make and actually requiers leftover pasta. you just put leftover pasta in a frying pan with a little oil and wait until it gets crispy then flip it. It is a nice little dish and has also become a favorite in my house hold. I only mention it because after figuring it out, i tend to make more pasta than needed in anticipation for the pasta pizza leftovers.lol
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
11 Sep 08
That's sounds good. I'll have to try that. So, all you do is fry it? Very interesting. Thanks for the reply.
• Canada
11 Sep 08
yes, all you have to do is fry it. it is nice and crispy on the outside . its italian comfort food in my husband's family.
@lilybug (21185)
• United States
11 Sep 08
That sounds like something my son would love. I am going to have to try making it when we have leftover spaghetti next time. I think for him I would sprinkle a little cheese on top after I flip it too. Thanks for posting that idea.
@deebomb (15350)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I found this at a tips website http://www.trivia-library.com/b/household-hints-and-tips-for-the-kitchen-part-1.htm To measure spaghetti without a scale, wrap a tape measure or a marked piece of string around a bundle of spaghetti and use this table: 2 oz. = 2 1/2-in. bundle 4 oz. = 3 1/2-in. bundle 8 oz. = 4 1/2-in. bundle 12 oz. = 5 1/2-in. bundle 1 lb. = 6 1/2-in. bundle http://www.barillaus.com/Home/Pages/Measuring_Pasta.aspx Spaghetti 2-1/8 inches (circumference) 1 cup 5-3/4 inches (circumference) 8-1/2 cups Spaghetti Rigati 2-1/4 inches (circumference) 1 cup 6 inches (circumference) 8 cups Thick Spaghetti 2-1/8 inches (circumference) 1 cup 5-3/4 inches (circumference) 9 cups Thin Spaghetti 2-1/8 inches (circumference) 1 cup 5-3/4 inches (circumference) 9 cups I hope that this helps.
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Thank you very much. I'll have to check out that web site. Thanks for the reply.
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@deebomb (15350)
• United States
11 Sep 08
your welcome. Did you know that you can freeze Spaghetti? Ether wrap it up tightly or cover it with water.
• United States
11 Sep 08
I can eat spaghetti any time of the day when I cook spaghetti I always cook enough so I will have some to take for lunch the next day for work you never cook too much spaghetti it's always good for leftover have a good day
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Yeah, I like leftover spaghetti too. Thanks for our reply
@rainmark (4309)
11 Sep 08
My husband is very good cook, coz he had a course in catering before. Everytime he cook spaghetti it's just right for me and him. Nothings left, coz he is a big eater.Sometimes he eat what left on my plate. He just estimated it. He never use any measuring tools, just estimated it. Try to estimate it.Not much not less.
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
11 Sep 08
OK, thanks. Thank you for your reply.
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Half kilo of pasta (uncooked) is good for 4 to6 persons, so fourth of a kilo will do for both of you.
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Thank you for your reply.
@lilybug (21185)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I am always making too much pasta. Some days my kids will eat a lot of it and other days they barely eat any. I make too much just in case it is a lot of pasta day for them. I love to reheat leftover pasta and eat it for lunch the next day anyway.
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I like leftover pasta for lunch too. Thank you for your reply.
@reoko10 (578)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I do the same thing I love spaghetti and I away make to much and I have a family of 4. After we eat there is still a big bowl left and it take so long for us to eat that the food start to go bad and I away have to wast it by throwing it out. I not sur how to measure just enough for only what you need but if you find out let me know.
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Thanks for the reply. Check one of the responses ahead of yours. Someone suggested how to measure.
@odwitt (112)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Use 1/3 of the box. That's what I do for me and my husband. He always eats more than I do- and loves seconds, but he's getting a Buddah belly, so now I only make enough for us each to have one serving. If there are no leftovers, he can't eait them!
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
10 Sep 08
LOL, I know what you mean about the leftovers. Thanks for the reply.
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Hi lilcee. My husband also cooks too much spaghetti whenever he cooks just for me and himself. We love spaghetti too. I kept on telling him, "one fist." But when i cook, it is "two fists" since i have small hands.
@lilcee (2705)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Oh, thanks. That sounds easy enough. Thanks for your reply.