Halloween Dinner II: Black Spaghetti with Garlic, Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Wickedly quick, creepy good Halloween pasta!  Black spaghetti starts showing up in some markets and grocery stores just in time for Halloween.  (I buy extra as I think it’s also a classy pasta to serve for New Year’s Eve as well.)  But for this year’s Halloween dinner, I revisited my Momma’s Fettucine making a few changes, like adding in herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic to ward off the vampires.

If you’re a wine lover, last year my Halloween dinner was wine infused 7 Deadly Sins Pasta.

Black Spaghetti with Garlic, Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomatoes

1 pound black, squid ink, spaghetti

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Allow the butter to come to room temperature, leaving it out on the counter for a few hours.  In a medium size bowl, combine the butter, parmesan cheese, garlic and basil.  Set aside.  Bring a lot pot of water to a boil, salt generously and drop in the spaghetti and sun-dried tomatoes  Cook until al dente about 7 minutes.  Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the spaghetti and soften sun-dried tomatoes.  Return the spaghetti and tomatoes to the hot pot you cooked the pasta in but off the heat and add in the butter mixture.  Toss the spaghetti and butter gently adding in some of the pasta water.  Start with 1/4 of a cup pasta water and as you toss and the sauce will come together, adding in a bit more water to reach your desired consistency.   Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Serve at once.  Makes about 6 small servings, 4 larger.




41 thoughts on “Halloween Dinner II: Black Spaghetti with Garlic, Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomatoes

  1. Oh, this is too fun, Linda! It makes me thing of black string licorice.. so it would mess with my mind when eating it! This is the perfect Hallowe’en dinner.. especially with that garlic! No vampires allowed around here! Well, except for maybe Edward Cullen… xx

  2. What a fun dish, Linda! I hope you made it for your kids when they were young. I’m sure they loved it! Whether or not black pasta is used, your recipe is a good one and I start adding sun dried tomatoes to dishes now that “good” tomatoes are impossible to find up here. I’ve not even finished my 1st cup of coffee and you have me thinking about pasta for dinner.

    1. I actually did not make this when my kids where little. I don’t think I had seen black pasta then. But I’ve made it now! Heck, we are still young until we think we are not!

  3. Too bad I was just asked to bring a salad to this year’s neighborhood party. Next year I’m requesting the pasta dish! This is AWESOME Linda and I can totally see the black pasta working for New Years too. 🙂

  4. Hi Linda – I love squid-ink pasta… isn’t it the best? Beautiful colour and a very delicate flavour too. Great use of the pasta for your Hallowe’en dinner – looks really yummy 🙂

  5. Great idea, where can I find this pasta? I had thought about using food color but I find the pasta even better! Please advise thank you

    1. Hi, I found the pasta at my Italian market. I think I saw it also at a Super Target store once, especially in October. I’m sure Whole Foods would carry it as well. Thanks for commenting, I hope you enjoy it!

      1. Thank you for the info, I’m making it for my grandkids for their Halloween party. Can’t wait to see their reaction!! Thank you again!

  6. I made this for a dinner party last weekend and it was superb. I messed up and had to serve the garlic on the side (so everyone used as much as they wanted) and forgot the basil altogether but it still received wonderful reviews. I can’t wait to make it again, the flavors were wonderful. Thanks for the fast and delicious recipe!

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