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Aug 21, 2011 03:30 PM

Pappardelle / Tagliatelle Portions

I want to make some pasta with fresh corn and tomatoes this week, and I was going to use either papardelle or tagliatelle, which I don't think I've ever cooked with before. I always make recipes that call for a pound of pasta so that we have leftovers to take for lunch, which sometimes mean doubling recipes, etc. When I was in the store today all the packages of papardelle and tagliatelle that I found were 8 ounces, which is also what all the recipes called for. Just wondering, are the portion sizes for these pastas different than for others? I.e., should I really be doubling the recipe and getting two packages of pasta, or is 8 ounces of papardelle / tagliatelle the equivalent of a pound of penne/linguine/etc.? Hope that makes sense. Thanks!

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  1. A pound of pasta is a pound of pasta. The difference is only whether you'll be having it as a main dish or as an appetizer portion. Cook the amount by weight that you would with any other pasta and it'll turn out more or less the same. For 2 or us, I almost always cook a pound of any kind of pasta (for a main dish) so that there are leftovers. For 4 people I'll do 1-12 lbs.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      12 pounds for four people........WOW! ! ! ! ! !


      I would agree....a pound of pasta is a pound of pasta. The 8 ounce package is for two servings.

      1. re: fourunder

        Snork! Sorry - slight typo. Although...I admit...there have been times...

        I meant, obviously, 1-1/2 lbs. for 4 people. And this would make for built-in leftovers. If you don't want any leftovers, I agree with fourunder: 8 oz. for 2 servings.

    2. Those packages are only 8 oz because they're frou frou.