Halloween Spaghetti

As I mentioned yesterday, over the next few days The Social Pill and I will be releasing some recipes, to get you guys in the spooky mood. Since yesterday’s recipe, the jalapeno poppers, was a sort of starter or appetizer, we thought why not do more of a main course today. And so, Halloween spaghetti was born. Honestly, the only thing that makes this dish spooky is the spaghetti. Besides that, it’s just a really yummy version of spaghetti bolognese topped with some olives.

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There is nothing in this recipe that would be hard for you guys to get as such. The only thing that may be an issue would be the purple food colouring. But if you find a really bright green one instead it’ll still look equally creepy. And don’t be worried about finding gel food colouring or anything like that. I’ve just used the regular liquid one you get at most stores.

For the spaghetti:

  • Spaghetti
  • Purple food colouring

For the sauce:

  • Lamb mince
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • Red chilli powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Garlic, finely chopped
  • Onions, finely chopped
  • Basil/oregano

In a saucepan, heat some olive oil and saute the onions and garlic.

Once soft, add the chopped tomatoes and cook. I would recommend adding a little water, lidding the pot and leaving it for about 10 minutes so that the tomato gets a chance to soften. If you decide to add the meat and then wait for the tomatoes to soften, the meat could potentially overcook and dry out. By doing it for 10 minutes now and then again for a shorter time once the meat is added, the flavour of the meat stays intact.

Once the tomatoes have cooked a little bit, add the lamb mince. Break apart the chunks and mix well into the sauce. Add some more water and leave to cook for another 10 minutes.

While your sauce simmers away, move onto boiling the pasta. Like you would when boiling pasta on any other day, season the water with salt and oil. The only exception, in this case, would be adding some purple food colouring. I added a very generous quantity of it so that the colour came out nice and dark.

Make sure to keep an eye on your sauce.

Once the pasta has cooked through, gently rinse it under cold water. The food colouring tends to rinse a little, so make sure you don’t rinse it for too long.

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Going back to the sauce, add some cumin powder and chilli powder to help give it some flavour. Season with salt and pepper, and allow the sauce to simmer a little bit with the lid off. If you find that the sauce is a little too liquidy keep the flame on high and allow it to come to a boil for a few minutes, stirring continuously.

To serve, place some of the purple spaghetti on a plate. Top with spoonfuls of the sauce, and garnish with some whole olives.

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