Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spooky Eye-ball Pasta for Halloween (mozarella balls)


Hi everyone, today's recipe is another great idea for your Halloween party! This Spooky Eyeball Pasta will for sure impress your guests,  is delicious and has the perfect look to celebrate Halloween. Enjoy

Serves 6
Ingredients:
  • 12 oz Linguine
  • 1 lb Ground Meat
  • 16 oz Mozzarella Balls
  • ¼-½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 chopped Onion
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14oz) can chopped tomatoes in juice
  • ½ Cup chopped parsley
  • Black olives  for decoration
  • 2 tsp Minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or Extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and place it back in the pot where it was cooked, then add in one tablespoon of butter, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (feel free to add more cheese if you like), also add in about ¼ cup of fresh parsley, and season with 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, stir well then  transfer to a baking dish, set it aside while you prepare the meat-sauce.

Now in a large skillet on medium heat,  heat up one tablespoon of  butter, then cook the onion and garlic for two minutes or until soft, then add in the ground meat and cook  until it's not longer pink, then add in the tomato sauce, the crushed tomatoes, and about ½ cup of fresh parsley, season this with one tablespoon of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, stir well and continue to cook for about 5-8 minutes or until it boils and the meat is completely cooked.

Once the meat mixture is done, pour it over the pasta, and bake for 10 minutes, just to warm up the pasta a bit.

Then decorate the pasta with the mozzarella balls. You want the mozzarella balls to resemble eyeballs, so place them in pairs, then place the pasta back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes just so the cheese will soften, and melt a bit.  

Once the cheese balls have melted a little bit,  then decorate them with half a black olive each.  (Do not let the cheese balls melt completely, you want them to keep their round shape!)  And that's it, once you are done decorating the cheese balls,the pasta is ready to serve. Enjoy!

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