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Milk Street Livestream: Pasta Salads with Dan Pashman

Milk Street: Pasta Salads with Dan Pashman

Join guest teacher and self-proclaimed pasta salad enthusiast Dan Pashman—the guy behind The Sporkful and the new cookbook “Anything’s Pastable”—for a class where you’ll leave bland, forgettable pasta salads behind and turn to ones that are fresh and bright, filled with texture contrast and big flavor.

We get it: pasta salad doesn’t have the best reputation. From under-seasoned sauces to overcooked noodles, pasta salad can go wrong in a lot of ways. But here’s the thing: there are also a lot of ways for pasta salad to go really right.

Dan will walk you though his logic of which beloved hot pasta dishes make great pasta salads and which simply don’t translate well.

He’ll give you guidance on how to pick the right pasta shape for every pasta salad puzzle. Then, to prove the power of his pasta salad philosophy, Dan will make two very different recipes.

First up is a Crispy Gnocchi Salad in which the gnocchi soak up a punchy, Morocco-inspired dressing and tangle with tomato, preserved lemon and pepperoncini.

Then, Dan puts his signature spin on puttanesca with a pasta salad that has earned the designation of Sleeper Hit—one of only five—from his new cookbook.

All you need to know is that, in Dan’s words, “By the metric of Flavor Generated per Minute of Effort, this one is off the charts.” Join us to give pasta salads the spotlight they deserve.

Length of Class: 1 hour 15 minutes

What’s on the Menu:

  • Crispy Gnocchi Salad with Tomato and Preserved Lemon
  • Raw Heirloom Puttanesca Pasta Salad

About Dan Pashman: 

Dan Pashman is the two-time James Beard and Webby Award winning creator and host of The Sporkful podcast, which he says is not for foodies, it’s for eaters. On The Sporkful, Dan uses humor and humanity to approach food from many angles, covering science, history, identity, culture, economics and more. In 2021, Dan launched the new pasta shape cascatelli, which Time Magazine named one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2021. The story of Dan’s three year quest to create cascatelli was told in The Sporkful podcast’s “Mission: ImPASTAble” series, which the New York Times named one of the 10 Best Podcasts of 2021. Dan is also the creator and host of the Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating It Wrong and a contributor to NPR. He has appeared on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Guy’s Grocery Games, Radiolab, WTF with Marc Maron, Planet Money, Beat Bobby Flay and more.

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May 16 2024


Pacific Time Zone
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm



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