Dinner So Fun, It's Frightening: Monster Noodles


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Do you ever get the feeling that someone’s watching you…? Well, now you can rest assured, dinner is definitely the place to be seen when you make this playful pasta. With just a few pantry basics and 15 minutes, you can have a festive Halloween-themed meal on the table for your tots. The best part? This recipe isn’t one of those gross-out dishes that only kids like to eat. The flavors are mild enough for kids, but picky parents will also love how delicious this dish is. Full of flavor, takes minutes to make, easy on the eyes. Er…well…you know what we mean!

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Monster Noodles

Makes 8 servings

  • 8 cups arugula
  • 1 cup fresh basil (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (16 ounce) package Italian perciatelli or spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 (12 ounce) container mozzarella fresca, bite-size
  • peppercorns
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a blender, combine arugula, basil, garlic, butter, and olive oil until completely pureed. Toss cooked pasta into the green sauce. Pour into a serving bowl. Dot with mozzarella balls. Top each with a peppercorn to create an “eyeball.” Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.