If you’re measuring out dried pasta into the pot and don’t know how much you need, consider the average girl eats about one cup of cooked pasta. You’ll need half that much of the dried pasta, so pour in a half cup. Measure out half of that for kids, and double for big boys.
You can’t pour spaghetti into a cup, so here’s a trick my grandma taught me. Make the OK sign with your first finger and thumb. Now tighten it up so the opening is the size of a nickel. Stick some dried spaghetti in there: that’s how much spaghetti you’ll need for one adult. Make the hole small as a dime, and you’ve got a kids’ portion. Big eater? Give ’em a quarter- sized bunch.