## Pasta and Rice Conversions & Equivalents

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 I think 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 a bunch of 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'm going to 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 think 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.

### Pasta Conversions & Equivalents

1 pound dried pasta (16 oz.) | serves | 4 - 5 people |

2 ounces long pasta | yields | 1 cup pasta cooked |

2 ounces short pasta | yields | 1¼ cups cooked |

2 ounces soup pasta | yields about | ⅔ cup to 1 cup cooked |

2 ounces shells | yields about | 1 cups cooked |

1 pound dried pasta | equals | 4 cups dry pasta |

1 cup of dry pasta | yields about | 2 cups of cooked pasta |

1 pound of dry pasta | yields about | 8 cups of cooked pasta |

2 ounces (1 cup) dry egg noodles | yields about | 1 cup egg noodles cooked |

### 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 are always using 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 rice | yields | 3 cups of cooked white rice |

1 cup brown whole-grain rice | yields | 4 cups of cooked rice |

1 cup long-grain rice | yields | 3 cups cooked rice |

1 cup dry pre-cooked instant rice | yields | 2 cups cooked rice |

1 cup uncooked wild rice | yields | 3 cups cooked wild rice |

Assuming 1 cup of cooked rice per person. |
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¾ cup (96 grams) uncooked rice | serves | 2 persons |

1 cup (180 grams) uncooked rice | serves | 3 persons |

2 cups (360 grams) uncooked rice | serves | 6 persons |

Assuming ½ cup of cooked rice per person. |
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¾ cup (96 grams) uncooked rice | serves | 4 persons |

1 cup (180 grams) uncooked rice | serves | 6 persons |

2 cups (360 grams) uncooked rice | serves | 12 persons |

### Other Important Ingredient Conversions

BEAN CONVERSIONS | INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS |

HERB CONVERSIONS | MUSHROOM CONVERSIONS |

GRAIN CONVERSIONS | PASTA/RICE CONVERSIONS |

INGREDIENT CONVERSIONS | TOMATO CONVERSIONS |

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.

Lilly Gorman

This is SO helpful! Thank you so much!

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

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.

Florence

This has been so helpful. Thanks!

Sabrina

Thank you for your conversions!! 💕

Adele Farough

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joan

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

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!

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!

Larry Lowry

Good information.

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.

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?

Thanks

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).

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.

Mel Macgowan

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