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Pastamizer - The Pasta Optimizer!
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Wondering how to measure pasta? Optimize with Pastamizer!

Save $0.10's of cents! The Pastamizer is the amazing app that helps you make the exact amount of pasta without any waste.


Nonstandard measurement ideas

  • Fold a $1 bill in half longways (1.25")
  • Fold a standard piece of paper in half longways 3X (1.05")
  • 4 chopsticks at their widest (~1")
  • 4 #2 pencils (1.25")
  • Use the bottom of a stick of butter (1.25")
  • If not using a touchscreen - a quarter (0.955"). Curious what happens if you put a quarter on a touchscreen? Try it and watch it go wacky since the coin's conductive metal will mess up the screen's sensors

Number of People
Pasta Type

Hunger Level: [?]

How Hungry Are You?

  • Just finished an ultra marathon? Pick Starving for 60% more!
  • Rode your bicycle 10 miles? Choose Very Hungry for 30% more!
  • Want to save room for dessert? Select Room For Dessert for 20% less!
  • Ate a huge breakfast? Click Not So Much for 40% less!

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Pastamizer optimizes how you measure spaghetti. Ever wrapped your hand around a bunch of uncooked spaghetti and wondered “Am I making too much?” or “Is this enough?” Now you can take that bunch in your hand and plop it on top of the circle that Pastamizer automatically creates for you, based on exactly what you need. First select the number of people, the type of pasta (e.g. spaghetti, angel hair, etc.) your hunger level, and--presto! the Pastamizer algorithm does all the work. All you need to do after is fill in the perfectly optimized circle with a bunch of pasta. There are many advantages:

  • Accurate to the spaghetto! Pastamizer measures the exact amount of pasta accurate to the spaghetto (an individual strand of spaghetti)
  • Saves you TENS of CENTS!! No more strands, or piles, of unneeded pasta stuck to your colander. The typical person throws out about 5-10% of pasta after cooking. That is about 7 to 14 cents per box of pasta given the average US price per pasta at $1.45/pound
  • Decreases landfill waste and carbon footprint! Pastamizer could save an estimated 90,000 to 180,000 tons of landfill material annually given worldwide pasta consumption is about 6 billion pounds of dried pasta per year, of which 60% is long pasta such as spaghetti/angel hair/fettuccine. Carbon footprint reduction is even more dramatic considering not just food waste decomposition gases, but also agricultural energy/water/fertilizer, transportation energy and packaging material manufacturing
  • Source of pasta facts & figures: the National Pasta Association

Pastamizer’s software includes sophisticated algorithms and experimental evidence to measure the exact amount of pasta including:

  • Smart calculations depending on the type of long pasta (e.g. spaghetti vs. angel hair vs. fettuccine) that accounts for packing density variation
  • Experimental measurements of pasta surface density of different pasta types accurate to 0.1 gram and 0.4 millimeters
  • Equations that draw the exact circumference of a cylinder of pasta accurate to a single pixel utilizing pi to 15 decimal places

Pastamizer is optimized for different devices. Every model of smartphone/tablet/desktop monitor has a different screen width and resolution. Pastamizer solved this non-trivial problem:

  • For popular smartphones/tablets, the software automatically identifies the device’s specifications ensuring that the pasta circle sizes are accurate
  • For unknown devices and desktop monitors, the software supports manual calibration accurate to a single pixel

You won’t go hungry when using Pastamizer:

  • The portion size is set to a realistic 114 grams (4 ounces) – what a typical person would eat as a main course - not an unrealistic government mandated “serving size” which is only 2 ounces, or half the amount a normal person would consider a proper amount of pasta
  • The software includes a hunger adjustment factor so you can increase the portion size depending on your hunger level The software also includes an adjustment factor for kid sized portions
  • I’ve also written some 5 minute sauce recipes you can make quickly while your pasta is boiling
  • Suitable for Pastafarians! Can be used for Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster rituals and holidays

In summary, I think I thought of every possible way to optimize measuring long pasta. If you think I missed something, or want to share feedback, just email me your comments at pastafarian@pastamizer.com

Drawing of the Flying Spaghetti Monster; crudely drawn with thick lines. Image shows a plain oval for the body, six noodles for the arms and two eye stalks.
FSM logo above by Trace run by INVERTED, original image created by Lawrencekhoo - See above., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7307229


~5 Minute Sauce Recipes

Below are five ~5 minute sauce recipes to prepare while your pasta is cooking. I’ve tested each of these recipes dozens of times and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Want to share your ~5 minute sauce recipe? Email me a link at pastafarian@pastamizer.com

#1: Rosemary Lemon - this will become your new signature dish!

Ingredients per serving:
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, ideally from your window box, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, mashed into a pulp
  • Zest of ½ of a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Mince your rosemary finely. Mash your garlic by chopping, add salt, and then mash with the flat part of a knife until nearly liquified. Zest the lemon with a grater. Mix the rosemary, garlic, lemon zest and pepper in the olive oil. Mix all with the cooked pasta including the grated cheese. 😎🙌!

#2: Prosciutto di Parma and Spinach - once you know how to make this it is like being a member of an exclusive club !

Ingredients per person:
  • 3 or 4 thin slices of Prosciutto di Parma, cut into little strips
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/4 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 cup of tightly packed spinach
  • Salt and pepper

Cut the prosciutto into thin strips. Once the pasta is cooked, add the butter to the empty pot and, on medium-high heat, fry up the prosciutto for a minute or two. Turn off the heat and add the spinach along with the cooked pasta. Mix thoroughly until the spinach is wilted. Add the cheese, salt and pepper, and mix again. Q.E.D.!

#3: Caprese - for tomato lovers!

Ingredients per person:
  • 1 heirloom tomato, ideally from your garden or greenmarket
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, washed well and roughly chopped
  • 2 ounces of fresh mozzarella (about 1/4 of a ball)
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Peel the tomatoes by boiling them in the boiling pasta water for 1 minute. Remove and dunk them in an ice bath to cool them down; then peel the skins. Next, slice the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds. Chop the tomatoes into ¼-inch pieces. Chop the mozzarella into ¼-inch pieces. Mix tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and salt and pepper with the cooked pasta. TADA!

#4: Spicy Garlic and Herbs - everything you need is probably already in your pantry!

Ingredients per person:
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Pinch of hot red pepper flakes or cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried herbs (Italian, French, Oregano, or nearly anything green will do)
  • Salt

Slice your garlic as thinly as you can. Once the pasta is cooked, add the olive oil to the empty pot and on medium heat, fry up the garlic until golden brown. Remove the pot from the heat and add the hot pepper, herbs, salt and cooked pasta. Mix well. Mission accomplished!

#5: Pesto - fast, cheap and always satisfying!

Ingredients per person:
  • 1/2 cup of slightly packed fresh basil leaves, washed well
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 tablespoon of pine nuts or slivered almonds (note: I recommend almonds because pine nuts often have unpredictable quality)
  • 1 tablespoon of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, roughly chopped or grated
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Using a blender or food processor, combine the garlic, water and nuts until smooth. Add the basil and olive oil and grind until smooth, adding a bit more water if necessary. Add the cheese, salt and pepper, and grind again. Combine with the pasta. Done!!!1!



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If the pastamizer isn't working perfectly, try the following ideas:

  • Make sure you're not zooming
  • Use Google Chrome
  • Try clicking the "Recalibrate" menu option a few times
  • Change the serving size in the settings
  • Send me an email pastafarian@pastamizer.com describing your issue