Pasta comes in different shapes and the calorie content in each serving of pasta varies based on the pasta shape selected by you as well as its method of preparation. One cup of cooked spiral shaped pasta weighing around 4.7 oz contains 212 calories, one cup of cooked elbow shaped pasta weighing around 5 oz contains 221 calories and one cup of cooked small pasta shells weighing around 4.1 oz contains 182 calories.
Pasta can be cooked in different ways. You may add vegetables, sausages, spices, eggs and various other ingredients to pasta in order to enhance its taste and also add nutrition to it. However, the calorie content in different pasta preparations varies from each other. Seafood pasta salad is a light and healthy snack that is preferred mostly for a lunch meal. It includes various seafood items such as lobster, squid, etc.
A 14.7 oz serving of seafood pasta salad contains around 379 calories out of which most of the calories are obtained from proteins and carbohydrates. The calorie content in seafood pasta may vary to a great extent based on the seafood items added to it. Seafood pastas available in the market usually include mayonnaise dressing, vinegar, sausages and various other ingredients to enhance its taste. The calorie content in pastas prepared with such ingredients rises to a great extent.
Pasta is also cooked in Napoletana sauce which is prepared from tomatoes, onions, garlic and sugar. There are 265-306 calories in a 3 oz serving of pasta with Napoletana sauce. The amount of ingredients in the sauce may differ to some extent and the calorie content in the pasta cooked in Napoletana sauce may vary based on it. Pasta also tastes delicious when cooked with different vegetables. Vegetables also enhance the nutritional value of this food item. The calorie content in vegetable pasta varies based on the kind and amount of vegetables, oil, sausages and spices added to it.