Making spaghetti is no mystery for me; I just throw the whole 12 ounce box in the boiling water. For two of us, that's more than enough, so I put the remainder in a container in the fridge and a few days later, I throw it out because noone's eaten it. And so it goes...
Clever Milanese designer Tommaso Colia has made a definitive "Spaghetti Gadget" for measuring pasta. It's not a scale; the Spaghetti Gadget weighs your dry spaghetti on the basis of how much space it takes up. Obviously, having weighed the portions before establishing the hole size, Colia made three holes in his Spaghetti Gadget design: one to measure 100 grams (about 3.5 oz ), one for 70 grams (about 2.5 ounces) and the third for 50 grams (about 1.8 ounces).
Not only does the Spaghetti Gadget measure the pasta, but the Gadget can go into the boiling water with your spaghetti portion, keeping the pasta portion in tact so it doesn't stick to the pan. That way you can cut down on the oil or salt you use to keep the spaghetti noodles from sticking together.
Who knows better about wasting pasta than the Italians? Sure enough, Colia's inspiration was waste as well as waist(line). The cute little face above the 100 gram hole reminds him that he's eating a larger than necessary portion. The face in the middle says he's eating more healthy, and the face on the right holds a child's portion, or just a snack for an adult!
Boy, with something like the Spaghetti Gadget, maybe the pasta diet really would work!
(There's nowhere to purchase the Spaghetti Gadget right now; unfortunately, it's still a design.)