No, it's not a pasta strainer. The Hisco Mud Shovel has a unique perforated design that allows liquids to drain, so you're shoveling less slop and more dirt. And with less surface area to stick to, clay and other clingy material is less likely to clump onto the blade. The shovel has a durable fiberglass handle and a funky design that helps make it lightweight. It's available in a flat or spade shape.