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

October 28, 2012

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.




39 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2012 7:24 pm

    Funny and good

  2. October 28, 2012 7:26 pm

    Excellent and delicious :-)

  3. October 28, 2012 8:31 pm

    Black spaghetti? Very Halloween!

  4. October 28, 2012 8:51 pm

    Oh, that is great! I don’t know why I never thought of that for Halloween, it’s perfect!

    great post!

  5. Eha permalink
    October 28, 2012 10:02 pm

    Looks wonderfully creepy and the taste does jump off the screen :) !

  6. October 28, 2012 10:18 pm

    What a great Halloween dinner. Looks incredible! Love the squid ink pasta and amazing how the sales go up at this time of year xx

  7. October 28, 2012 11:18 pm

    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

    • October 30, 2012 12:53 pm

      Funny! I didn’t think of black licorice! You’re right though, it does!

  8. October 29, 2012 12:36 am

    Black spaghetti? That is GENIUS :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. October 29, 2012 4:13 am

    Simply sensational.
    :-) Mandy

  10. October 29, 2012 4:56 am

    I think you need to be wearing a costume to eat this :)

    • October 30, 2012 12:56 pm

      Well of course a costume is necessary! Morticia sounds like the perfect look for this :)

  11. October 29, 2012 7:27 am

    What a sophisticated plate! Looks gorgeous. Might have to “scare some up” and make with diced pumpkin butter and sage.

    • October 30, 2012 12:57 pm

      Yum, another great idea! You always have the best suggestions David!

  12. October 29, 2012 8:40 am

    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.

    • October 30, 2012 12:59 pm

      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!

  13. October 29, 2012 3:38 pm

    that is soooo cool! How freaky and fun and yet delicious:)

  14. Gina permalink
    October 29, 2012 3:50 pm


  15. October 30, 2012 9:17 am

    Love the ghoulish pasta :)

  16. October 30, 2012 3:40 pm

    Yes Linda…this is perfect for a Halloween night :)
    Have a great week ahead!

  17. October 31, 2012 12:19 am

    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. :)

  18. November 1, 2012 3:29 pm

    Creeeeepy!! So festive, though. I’m sure it was delicious as ever. Ah yes, I remember the wine pasta. I still need to give that a try. :)

  19. November 2, 2012 12:03 pm

    A perfect dish for Halloween…very creepy but delicious I’m sure.

  20. November 6, 2012 6:32 am

    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 :)

  21. Eleni permalink
    January 6, 2013 3:34 pm

    Oh how pretty! This spaghetti looks delish. And not just for Halloween :)

  22. Angela Velasco permalink
    October 8, 2014 11:31 pm

    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

    • October 9, 2014 9:28 am

      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!

      • Angela Velasco permalink
        October 10, 2014 1:42 am

        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!


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