Three years ago, James Beard Award-winning podcaster Dan Pashman decided to create a new pasta shape, and after a lot of research and multiple trials, he’s finally succeeded. The entire process to create what he calls the perfect pasta shape is documented on a five-episode series on his podcast The Sporkful.

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So, what makes this the “perfect” pasta shape? In an interview with Salon, Pashman says, “There's ‘forkability,’ which is how easy it is to get a pasta shape on your fork and keep it there. There's ‘sauceability,’ which is how well a sauce adheres to it. And then there is ‘toothsinkability,’ which is how satisfying it is to sink your teeth into. I mean, I basically made up these pseudoscientific words, but I think they capture a lot of what makes some pasta shapes better than others.”

Finally, he hit upon the perfect shape, which he calls cascatelli, meaning waterfalls. Pashman decribes the shape as a “curved comma or half a heart. On one side there's ruffles, and in the space between you've got a dugout, kind of a half-tube that just traps sauce in there.”

Pashman collaborated with artisan pasta brand Sfoglini to turn his pasta shape into one you can actually buy, and turns out, it’s a resounding success. All available boxes were sold out, leading to Sfoglini releasing a statement saying, “We're so grateful for the incredible response to our new pasta shape! Due to overwhelming demand, orders placed now for Cascatelli will ship in approximately 8-10 weeks. We really appreciate your patience. We promise it'll be worth the wait!”

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Will we see it soon in India? We’re not sure, but we can’t wait to test the forkability, sauceability, and toothsinkability qualities of the cascatelli!