The impossible dream? Dan Pashman conquers a new pasta shape

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“The ruffles of the cascatelli are very playful in the mouth,” says Dan Pashman of the new pasta shape he created. Photo by Scott Gordon Bleicher.

How do you boil down a three-year quest to create a new pasta shape? Dan Pashman has always been fascinated with the engineering of eating. Pashman describes “dynamic contrast,” the idea of experiencing different textures in the same bite. “Most pasta shapes are not exciting to chew after a few bites,” claims Pashman. His new shape, cascatelli or “little waterfalls,” has been released, with its ruffles angling at 90 degrees and connecting to the main body of the noodle. Believing that pasta should be versatile, Pashman recommends using the pasta in Andrea Nguyen’s Mapo Tofu Spaghetti recipe.


Dan Pashman worked with a dye maker in Massachusetts on his new pasta shape, cascatelli, now available. Photo by Scott Gordon Bleicher.

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