Residents of a New Jersey town were left baffled after heaps of pasta — including macaroni, spaghetti and ziti — were found by a creek bed in the woods.

The mess was cleaned up after the pasta fiasco sent netizens into a riot of pun-riddled theories about how several hundred pounds of pasta wound up beside the stream, according to the New York Post.

Nina Jochnowitz, a former council candidate, shared pictures of the pasta alongside the creek bed near Veterans Park in Old Bridge.

"It was like the song, on top of spaghetiiiii, all covered with cheese," Jochnowitz told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

She added that the pasta was cooked, and "it looked like someone filed up a wheelbarrow of pasta and dumped it."

Writing a post in the OLD BRIDGE New Jersey Facebook group, Jochnowitz estimated that about 500 pounds of pasta were abandoned at the site. She also said the town's Public Works department already cleaned up the mess.

"The township heard or read the comments and responded by doing a rapid cleanup the river basin and pasta dump," she noted. "As my friend called it a 'Mission Impasteable'!!! They also cleaned out all the garbage tossed in the basin."

Pictures of the mysteriously abandoned pasta have since made rounds on social media, even prompting netizens to share their two cents on the unidentified pasta dumper.

"Lead suspect is a guy name Al Dente," one netizen wrote, according to the New York Post.

Another quipped, "Don't forget his partner Lin Guini."

While speculating a motive, one user said, "It was pasta expiration date."

"We should send the perpetrators to the state penne tentiary," another added.

"I don't know. If we do that, I'm alfredo what will happen to them," another comment read.

Jochnowitz said the incident points to the larger issue of Old Bridge suffering from illegal dumping and inadequate bulk garbage pickup options.

"You might say, 'Who cares about pasta?' But pasta has a PH level that will impact the water stream," Jochnowitz told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "That water stream is important to clean up because it feeds into the town's water supply ... It was one of the fastest cleanups I've ever seen here"

"When it rains here, it smells like sewage," she added.

Jochnowitz shared that she leads cleanups and noted that on one occasion, more than 300 tires were pulled from an estuary lake.

"We got the county to take away about half. But a pile is still there that the township has done nothing to take away," she recalled, as per the outlet.

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