I’m always looking for suppers to serve around holidays…so I thought why not make a Spooky Spaghetti to serve before trick or treating begins (or any time during October!)?! Of course, you can make any version of spaghetti and call it spooky…but I thought I’d make a real family friendly variety in honor of this spooktacular day!
This recipe serves four.
1 pound of spaghetti or linguine noodles
1 pound of ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 (10 oz) can of Rotel tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
1 (28 oz) can of peeled tomatoes (I used San Marzano’s)
about 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (I used a sharp white cheddar)
torn basil leaves to garnish
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
salt and pepper
salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, drop the pasta and cook until al dente (about 7 or 8 minutes).
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown your ground beef in a drizzle of EVOO. Once browned and crumbly, add in your chopped onion and garlic along with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Once the onions are tender, sprinkle in your chili powder. Next, stir in the Rotel, tomato sauce and peeled tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes. Stir often and break up the whole tomatoes with the back of your wooden spoon.
Once your pasta is cooked to al dente, drain all of the water off and add hot pasta to spaghetti sauce. Stir in the shredded cheese (reserving just a little bit for garnish). Portion out pasta among plates and garnish with a little more cheese and torn basil.
It’s Spooky Spaghetti…and it’s perfect for your Halloween.