Years ago I found this recipe in a cooking magazine and we have been making it for our Halloween dinner ever since! My son loves eating his spaghetti from a "pumpkin" and it's very easy to make. Quick and easy always works for dinner, but especially on Halloween! There are two versions, the long and short, but for this article I'm writing the short and easy version.
- 4 orange bell peppers
- 8 ounces of whole wheat spaghetti
- Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
- 1 lb. of ground chicken, turkey, or lean ground beef
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Cut tops off of peppers and set the tops aside. Clean the seeds out of the inside of peppers. Using a knife cut two small triangles for the eyes and one small triangle centered and beneath the eyes. Place peppers standing upright in a baking dish.
Cover the bottom of the pan with water, about an inch deep. This will create steam and help to cook the peppers. Place peppers in oven and set timer for 30 minutes.
Next, place a pan of water on to boil for the spaghetti. In large skillet, brown the meat; drain. Water should be boiling. Place spaghetti in pan to cook. Open jar of spaghetti sauce and pour over meat. Heat through. Drain water from spaghetti. Mix noodles into skillet of meat and sauce.
When peppers are tender to the touch they are finished and can be removed from oven. Spoon spaghetti and meat sauce into peppers. Leave some hanging over edges to hint at "pumpkin guts" spilling out. Place tops back on and serve with some garlic bread.
Total cooking time of right around 30 minutes. It's delicious and if you have the time, cook the spaghetti and meat sauce, and then spoon into peppers, cooking together in oven. The peppers will add a nice flavor to the meat sauce! Our family's dinner every Halloween!