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Timetable for Cooking Pasta

Pasta 101

No more throwing the spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks.  Follow this chart instead.

Timetable for Cooking Pasta

Dried Pasta Cooking Chart
  Cooking Time
(minutes)
  Cooking Time
(minutes)
Acini de pepe 5 to 6 Penne 9 to 13
Capellini 5 to 6 Radiatore 9 to 11
Egg noodles, regular 8 to 10 Rigatoni 12 to 15
Egg noodles, extra wide 10 to 12 Rosamarina (orzo) 8 to 10
Elbow macaroni 8 to 10 Rotelle 10 to 12
Farfalle 13 to 15 Rotini 8 to 10
Fettuccine 11 to 13 Shells, jumbo 12 to 15
Fusilli 11 to 13 Shells, medium and small 9 to 11
Japanese curly noodles 4 to 5 Soba noodles 6 to 7
Lasagna noodles 12 to 15 Spaghetti 8 to 10
Linguine 9 to 13 Vermicelli 5 to 7
Mafalda 8 to 10 Wagon wheel 10 to 12
Manicotti 10 to 12 Ziti 14 to 15
Mostaccioli 12 to 14    
Refrigerated Packaged or Fresh Pasta Cooking Chart
  Cooking Time
(minutes)
  Cooking Time
(minutes)
Capellini 1 to 2 Linguine 1 to 2
Farfalle 2 to 3 Ravioli 6 to 8
Fettuccine 1 to 2 Tortellini 8 to 10
Lasagna 2 to 3    

Pasta Yields

Type of Pasta Uncooked
Cooked Servings
Short Pastas
Penne, Rotini, Shells, Wagon Wheels
6 to 7 oz. 4 cups 4 to 6
Long Pastas
Capellini, Linguine, Spaghetti, Vermicelli
7 to 8 oz.
4 cups 4 to 6
Egg Noodles
8 oz.
4 to 5 cups 4 to 6

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