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An enterprising home cook has devised a questionable way to make a large batch of spaghetti in a flash — by mixing it all together on her kitchen counter with old-school tomato sauce.
As of Tuesday morning, the classic Prego brand — launched globally by the Campbell’s Soup Company with the “It’s in there” slogan back in 1981 — is officially a Twitter trend. First shared on Facebook in April, the unorthodox cooking tutorial was reposted Monday to Twitter, where it garnered 3.7 million views in less than 24 hours.
A woman known only as “Lisa,” who claims she specializes in posting life hacks on social media, describes her technique in the video as “the easiest way to make spaghetti for a crowd” as “you don’t have to worry about dishes or a mess.”
The Facebook clip, entitled the “Ultimate Spaghetti Trick,” starts off the marinara MacGyver covering her counter in Prego tomato sauce like a Jackson Pollock painting. She then adorns this base with meatballs, Parmesan cheese and fresh-cooked spaghetti noodles before mixing it into a roadkill-esque clump.
“How delicious does this look?” exclaims the influencer while mushing the mound of ingredients together with her sauce-streaked hands.
Next up: the dollar bin Martha Stewart tops off her homemade opus by adding bread and salad greens with dressing — because who has time for side dishes, right?
The result might resemble Pizza the Hutt from “Spaceballs,” however the influencer claims her hack is how “real Italians” such as herself make spaghetti.
“This is the definition of family style,” she gushes.
Needless to say, the peanut gallery didn’t share Lisa’s excitement over her instant noodles.
“Watching this video caused me so much stress,” said one Facebook food critic. “I would not eat or serve this.”
“What a ‘hot,’ or should I say ‘cold,’ mess,” joked another.
One Twitter detractor wrote under the repost, “am I old or [are] these not funny or interesting?”
“Tired of people wasting food like this for social media attention,” remarked another.
One posted a pic of Joe Pesci’s character in “Casino” watching his brother get bludgeoned to death, as if to suggest that the tutorial was akin to witnessing a loved one’s murder.
Meanwhile, TikTok has become inundated with kitchen hacks of varying degrees of efficacy with some — like this egg sandwich shortcut — seeming ingenious. Meanwhile, other ideas have proved downright dumb and even dangerous, such as the recent online fad where teens advocated eating carrots dipped in mustard — a practice experts say promotes eating disorders.
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