Italians of TikTok Rise Up in Disgust Against Baked Spaghetti Recipe

A spaghetti recipe has split opinion online after it went viral on TikTok, with many branding it "a crime" against cooking, while others said it looked delicious.

The debate started after TikTok user @jessica.marshalll uploaded a video of herself making a step-by-step one-tray pasta dish, posting the caption: "Gma [grandma] would be proud."

Unaware of the tsunami of comments that would come her way, Jessica poured tomato sauce, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes and garlic onto dried pasta before complimenting them with dried herbs.

When the first stage was finished, Jessica placed the tray into the oven before taking it out to add a layer of Scottish grated mild-colored cheddar cheese.

As of Monday morning, the video has been viewed more than 3 million times and has been liked on more than 162,100 occasions.

Shortly after the clip was uploaded a flurry of TikTok users shared their takes on the dish with many being aghast at what they had just witnessed.

One user said: "Wow! That's seriously disgusting."

Another posted: "My grandma would smack me in the mouth if she saw me do that."

A third added: ""Everytime you watch this, an Italian chef dies. This is horrible."

But others leaped to Jessica's defense and praised her for making "comfort food" that would be perfect to eat.

A commenter said: "Why's everyone hating? It's quick and easy and looks banging."

One other TikTok user posted: "You guys act as if your Gordon Ramsey? She did well that actually look delish (sic)."

Jessica also defended her recipe and told the commenters: "It's just pasta, chill out."

She also said shared the recipe for the meal with commenters, which read:


  • Spaghetti,
  • 1 onion,
  • Pasta sauce of your choice
  • Five garlic cloves,
  • Cherry tomatoes,
  • Oregano,
  • Garlic Salt,
  • Salt and pepper

Place ingredients into an oven baking tray and mix together before placing it in the oven for 45 minutes at 200 degrees [392F].

Newsweek has contacted Jessica for comment.

Cooking videos often prove popular on TikTook, quickly racking up millions of views. The hashtag #garlic alone has more than 1.2 billion views on the platform, and many of the posts involve people going overboard with their usage of the vegetable.

Earlier this year, a TikTok user shared a viral recipe that used a staggering 60 cloves that went viral online.

The video has been viewed more 12 million times and has also been liked on more than 1.7 million occasions.

TikTok user Shawna Jones also gained an impressive following after she tried out recipes from a 1953 Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Jones previously told Newsweek she had "always been fascinated by all things mid-century" and had also "long been drawn to food history and how people used to eat and consume."

But it was only when Jones found herself unemployed during the pandemic that she could explore those interests in more detail.

The dish proved to be controversial online
The dish proved to be controversial online. Stock images. dontree_m/Getty

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