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Would you tuck into this ‘honeycomb pasta’?
Just when you thought the baked feta storm had passed, TikTok offers up a whole new pasta controversy.
This time, it concerns a so-called “honeycomb” dish, created by user Anna Rothfuss (under the profile name “bananalovesyoutoo”).
In a new “cooking hacks” video, Rothfuss can be seen stuffing vertical cylinders of pasta – tightly packed in a cake tin – with “string cheese”.
She then pours a jar of tomato sauce all over the top – “make sure it’s nice and saucy” – before topping it with minced meat and a final layer of grated cheese.
She then bakes it in the oven and cuts an oozing slice, commenting: “Yum, honeycomb pasta, so good.”
The clip has since been watched more than 11 million times on TikTok and 1.4 million times on Twitter, with viewers divided over the meal’s appeal.
Sharing the video, one Twitter user branded it “absolutely cursed”, while journalist Taylor Lorenz suggested “TikTokers need their pasta making privileges revoked for this one.”
Others were similarly furious:
Ugh. Call the police https://t.co/ngTYAM8VFi — Margie Omero (@Margie Omero)
The level people go into making such awful food for some spectacle or novelty. Just eat a cake or pasta or both sep… https://t.co/bugzkKPqxb — 🦃Badamski 🎃 (@🦃Badamski 🎃)
@buggeroaf @TaylorLorenz Because there are so many jar pasta sauces available and Prego is one of the worst — Peg Aloi (@Peg Aloi)
@TaylorLorenz Stop it. Just stop it. Stop ruining our food. — Sognando di Sicilia pensa che GQP sono pazzi. (@Sognando di Sicilia pensa che GQP sono pazzi.)
@TaylorLorenz If you use Prego, please don’t brag about your ability to “life hack” “Italian” food 🤢 — galert 🤌🏼 (@galert 🤌🏼)
Yet, plenty of others have been more forgiving:
@TaylorLorenz i’m not mad at it — ericajoy.gif (@ericajoy.gif)
@EricaJoy @TaylorLorenz I mean... I have certainly seen worse. — Ashley Willis (@Ashley Willis)
@TaylorLorenz This is just baked ziti but vertical? I dont understand the outrage — Will Manidis (@Will Manidis)
What bothers me is the use of string cheese. Otherwise it’s kinda fine? Not great. But fine. https://t.co/L4Wilczx2W — Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@Arielle Duhaime-Ross)
@TaylorLorenz The only truly egregious thing about this is her almost certainly scratching the shit out of her spri… https://t.co/lhG2i7sM7O — Ashley (@Ashley)
@TaylorLorenz It looks like a phenomenal waste of time, but I'd eat it🤷 it's just gentrified baked ziti — CEO of Shit Yourself Iced Coffee™️ (@CEO of Shit Yourself Iced Coffee™️)
While others were more upset with Rothfuss’s choice of cooking attire:
@A2Jess @TaylorLorenz More mad about cooking pasta in a white tank. And a tuque? Are you hot? Cold? Is this an Oxyclean ad? — Al McWilliams (@Al McWilliams)
If you're old af on tiktok, you have to wear a hipster doofus hat to get clicks from potheads making munchies with… https://t.co/guPnkCPSJ9 — President-elect Lee Hunt (@President-elect Lee Hunt)
One thing’s for sure: people really, really care about pasta.
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