Cook Halloween pasta on All Hallows' Eve! This green concoction of pasta and pureed spinach is frightening enough for company, but your little ghosts and ghouls will eat is up as a fun pre-trick-or-treating dinner. This Halloween pasta dish gets its scary face from some toothy slivered almonds and eye-catching mozzerella. Not only is this dish festive for Halloween, but it makes a very healthy dinner too!
What You Need:
- 2 c fresh spinach
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 c warm vegetable stock
- 8–10 drops green food coloring
- 8 ounces pasta
- ½ c slivered almonds
- Small, fresh mozzarella cheese balls
- Green olives
- Large stockpot
- Paring knife
- Serving bowl
What You Do:
- Invite your child to fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Ask your child to add the pasta very carefully once the water starts boiling, and turn down the heat a bit.
- While the pasta is simmering, your child can create the sauce for the green ghoulish pasta. She can place the fresh spinach in the blender, the whole clove of garlic, as well as the warm stock, cover and pulse until everything is smooth.
- Now she can really green things up by adding a 8–10 drops of green food coloring to the mix and blend again.
- Once the pasta has boiled for 8-minutes, your child can strain the pasta in the sink and then return it to the pot. Offer adult supervision as needed.
- Now your child can add the green sauce to the pasta and simmer on low for about 5 minutes.
- While the pasta is finishing in the pot, invite your child to create some ghoulish eyeballs to pop in the green pasta. Using a paring knife, she can make an X in the center of a small ball of fresh mozzarella cheese and pop in half a green olive.
- Now your child can turn off the heat and use a spatula to place the pasta in a serving bowl and position the eyes in the pasta as well as creating a toothy smile with the slivered almonds.
All that’s left is to invite the family to sit down for a fun Halloween dinner!