A Homemade Pasta Recipe Makes Your Halloween Dinner Scary Delicious

by Pamela

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I’m not entirely sure when the calendar switched to October, but without my permission it did. Having recently looked at the actual date this month, I also realized next week is Halloween. I suppose it’s fair to say that I have not really been in the Halloween spirit, until now. What could be more perfect than ribbons of inky black pasta curled around bright orange cubes of roasted pumpkin, pieces of apple and chunks of savory sausage? This homemade pasta recipe is so easy and delicious, I’m pretty sure you’ll never go back to store bought pasta again. So this recipe should have a long afterlife beyond Halloween.

Halloween has become a decorator’s wet dream here in California. The only holiday that gets more lights and props tacked up to the house is Christmas (and not by much). When did that happen, and why? At some point pumpkins, gourds and multi-colored leaves weren’t enough to celebrate the holiday that only dentists could love more than little kids. Having said all of that, not one person in my neighborhood even has a pumpkin on the porch yet. (Which is probably one of the reasons I had no idea Halloween was coming up next week.)

Looking at the stash of gourds on my counter, I thought it might be kind of fun to come up with a Halloween pasta recipe. This would be a perfect Halloween dinner to serve before taking the kids out to collect their bag of cavities. Or maybe you prefer to think of the kids’ expedition as your minions collecting your Reese fix for you. Either way…everyone needs to keep their strength up for this task, so a good dinner is necessary.

This is a really simple homemade pasta recipe that I’ve been making for a long time. The only thing that’s different here is that I’ve added squid ink to the pasta dough to get that deep black color. To achieve the color without using squid ink, if you can’t find it locally, you could probably also use gel cake coloring. I haven’t used this myself, in the recipe, but I have used the gel colors for other applications and they work great. Just be careful not to use too much of the coloring because you could end up affecting the flavor of the pasta if you use too much.

Halloween dinner with black pasta, pumpkin and apples

Oh, and if you think you need a pasta machine to make this Halloween pasta, you don’t. A machine makes it easier to roll it into thin sheets, but a rolling pin works too. I cut these by hand, because I wanted the noodles to be wider and have a slightly irregular shape.

If you really want to go hardcore on the whole Halloween dinner thing, you could serve a Halloween themed cocktail like the Corpse Reviver, not to the kids of course because then they’d be too goofy to go out and collect your candy and Children’s Services would probably get called. But the homemade pasta recipe is completely fine for the kids to consume…no alcohol involved.

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3 comments

Living The Sweet Life October 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Yuuuummmm!! I think this looks spooktacularly delicious ;) This would actually look so elegant for a holiday dinner party .. great recipe!

Vijitha October 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I call this super comforting pasta recipe. YUM!

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