For the last three years, Dan has been on a quest to invent a new pasta shape, actually get it made, and actually sell it. And things have not gone as planned. Starting this Monday, March 1, we’re telling the story of Dan’s quest in a five-part series.
CLIP (DAN PASHMAN): I'm just going to go ahead and say it. Spaghetti sucks.
CLIP (DAN PASHMAN): Thank you. Yeah, yeah. Oh? Oh, it's going to get real tonight. Don't you worry.
Dan Pashman: There are a lot of pasta shapes out there. Frankly, I think a lot of them have issues. For years, I've dreamed of trying to do better. So on March 1st, we are embarking on a quest.
Dan Pashman: I am setting out on a mission to invent a new pasta shape.
Sally Mann: OK, good luck.
Sally Mann: There's pretty much everything you could think of.
Dan Pashman: And I'm not just trying to invent a new shape. I want to actually get it made and actually sell it.
Evan Kleiman: I think this is a fascinating project and I think it's going to be so much harder than you imagine it to be.
Dan Pashman: We'll tell the story of this quest in a special series on The Sporkful, that we're calling Mission: ImPASTAble. Not everyone is on board.
Chris Maldari: I'd love to help you. I'd love to take your money. But in all good conscience, I can't tell you that you're going to get anywhere with this idea.
Dan Pashman: This project has been in the works for three years since way before COVID. Early on in the series, I traveled to the first place you think of when you think of pasta...North Dakota.
Dan Pashman: You're separating the wheat from the chaff.
Person 1: Yeah, yeah. I've heard about this.
Dan Pashman: And I get inspiration from an architect who wrote a book about pasta shapes.
Dan Pashman: What do you think the world of pasta needs? What's missing?
George Legendre: Nobody knows. The canon of pasta is open.
Dan Pashman: Then I embark on the search for a pasta company to partner with.
Dan Pashman: Because Sfoglini is already on the shelves at Whole Foods, If you make our shape, can you just put it on the shelves at Whole Foods?
Steve Gonzalez: No.
Dan Pashman: And I refine my design for the new shape.
Scott Ketchum: It's a complex noodle that you put together.
Dan Pashman: I keep pursuing my dream, but new obstacles emerge, especially ones COVID hits. As problems mount, this project pushes me and my family to the brink.
Janie Pashman: I don't have excess emotions to console you over the pasta project right now.
Dan Pashman: I think I'm going to cry. Oh, I'm not sleeping enough.
Dan Pashman: Mission: ImPASTAble, a five-part series coming March 1st on The Sporkful.
Evan Kleiman: Oh, I think you'll pull it off, because if you don't, I will be relentless.