Trigger warning: If you have trypophobia (fear of clustered holes) this viral TikTok recipe may not be for you.
One of the trending TikTok recipe sensations to emerge recently is “honeycomb pasta.” If you’re thinking this is a gooey, honey dessert, you’re wrong. The baked pasta pie is gooey, but it gets its name from the honeycomb pattern formed from tubular pasta packed together upright in a springform pan.
The honeycomb pasta is then stuffed with cheese, covered in sauce, meat and more cheese, and then baked. After popping it out of the oven, the honeycomb pasta is released from the springform pan to reveal a congealed noodle pie.
Variations on this stuffed pasta bake or pasta pie have been around for a while. But the so-called honeycomb pasta seems to have started trending on TikTok in the last few months.
Sweet Portfolio’s Valentina Mussi posted her version on Instagram in December 2018, reposting it in April 2020. She revived it for TikTok in February, adding more cheese along the way. Mussi calls it “honeycomb rigatoni pasta cake” but penne and ziti can be swapped in as the tube pasta.