How does Flat-Packed Pasta Work?
It looks a bit like space food, but you can rest assure that it tastes the same as regular pasta. The creators of the flat-packed pasta believe it could actually be tastier than regular pasta due to its grooved structure.
The shape-shifting pasta, developed by Wen Wang and her colleagues at Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Mellon University, is able to expand and unravel due to a process called parametric surface grooving. Each individual piece of pasta is lined with tiny grooves, which are placed in specific patterns.“The groove pattern in terms of the depth, height, and spacing are very important. It allowed us to bend the pasta into the desired shape,” says Wang to New Scientist. The classic dough, made from semolina flour and water, takes roughly seven minutes to cook - similar to normal dry pasta.