I love Halloween. Maybe it’s because I celebrate my birthday a few days before, but for me there is no better time. There is something about leaves crunching underfoot, the gloriousness of the color carpeting the forests, and the crisp air. More importantly, I am blessed to live in an area that has four seasons and offers me the opportunity to experience the majesty that is autumn.
To welcome fall and celebrate Halloween this year, I decided that I would do a food series. Food that is fun, healthy and kinda gross at the same time. My first recipe? Witches hair. However, if your kids are scared of witches, you can always call it a worm pile.
I started off with black spaghetti. Don’t look at the screen that way. It’s just regular spaghetti that has been dyed with squid ink. There is no true taste or scent, it’s a little briny and the ink enhances the texture of the pasta. It’s just normal black spaghetti. If you have a seafood allergy, this is not an option and I will have to experiment with other ways to color your pasta. I bought mine at Super Target. The Archer Farms line is $4.99 a package. You can also purchase it online atand various other retailers selling specialty foods.
After cooking my pasta, I tossed it with garlic infused oil. You can buy your own garlic oil at the grocery store, but I just took a 1/4 cup of olive oil and added an entire head of smashed garlic cloves. Remember, it’s Halloween, so I wanted that strong flavor–and I promise, after eating this, Dracula will have nothing to do with you.
Professor Pinch loved the pasta. He liked it even better as I served it with caramelized onions, sautéed grape tomatoes, string beans, and grilled flank steak for dinner that evening. My son? The thoughts of eating the pasta totally grossed him out at first. He told me it wasn’t normal and he thought I might be going just a little nuts. He’s nine. So, not unexpected. But he ate it and loved it.
I had to promise I would wait a little while before making “gross” pasta, but if I do add it to my grocery list, at least I know Peanut will enjoy himself.
Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain. Add salt to taste and drizzle garlic infused oil over pasta (to your taste preference). Toss.
You can add Italian parsley to the pasta and tell the kids that moss is growing on it. If you sprinkle Parmesan cheese (I grate my own), let them think it’s cobwebs!