Looking for dinner fit for a vampire? You’ve come to the right place! Squid ink pasta topped with bloody bolognese and bat toasts is the perfect thing to make for Halloween or your next Dracula movie night.
I love squid ink pasta. It’s always a hit! The gorgeous black-hued pasta is a bit of a shock to those who have never seen it before but don’t be frightened: it tastes as creepy as it looks. You can find this kind of pasta at many grocery stores in the pasta isle. I always have it in my pantry in the fall for Halloween fun.
There are few things that smell as good to me as bolognese on the stove. This “bloody bolognese” is saucier than my classic bolognese and a much more of a red color, making it perfect for my Vampire Dinner!
Bloody Vampire Bolognese
Squid ink pasta
1 pound low-fat ground beef (93%)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
2 15-oz cans tomato sauce
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp (ish) oregano, salt, and pepper
1 Tbsp parmesan
Garlic bat toast, recipe follows
- Brown the beef with onion over medium heat.
- Remove access grease with a ladle.
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant, then add tomato sauce, tomato paste, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper and stir thoroughly.
- Fill tomato paste can twice with water and add to pot. It will be watery, but don’t panic! It has hours to cook down.
- Drop the temperature down to medium-low, cover and let simmer for at least two hours.
- Check it after two hours. Add water to thin it out or leave lid off for a little bit if it seems too thin.
- Let simmer for another hour or so.
- Add a tablespoon of grated parmesan to sauce.
- Cook dried squid ink pasta according to package directions, drain the pasta and ladle the sauce over the pasta. Serve with garlic bat toast.
Garlic Bat Toast
Bat cookie cutter
- Preheat oven to 375. Use a bat cookie cutter to cut bats out of bread slices.
- Combine softened butter with minced garlic (as much garlic as you want!). Slather the bats with garlic butter, then top with parmesan. Bake until nicely toasted.
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Have a bloody good night,