Spooky Spaghetti for Halloween!

In honor of Halloween Monday, Explore Cuisine has developed two spooky spaghetti dishes sure to thrill adults and kids alike at your dinner table. Before heading out to trick or treat, make sure everyone has a healthy meal of Black Bean Spaghetti with AFRAID-O Sauce or Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons with Deviled Eyes. Both dishes are made with Explore Cuisine’s vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO Black Bean Spaghetti, which is made from only one ingredient—organic black beans.

Black Bean Spaghetti with AFRAID-O Sauce
White Carrot Phalanges

Spaghetti Phalanges 4 framed

Photo by Lori Hirsch Stokoe (www.tastewiththeeyes.com) for Explore Cuisine.

  • 8 white carrots
  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Black Bean Spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar gluten-free alfredo sauce
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (choose one that is more red then orange)
  • Fresh basil

Peel white carrots then carve with a small knife into finger-bone shape. Steam until al dente. Set aside.

Heat the sauces in separate saucepans over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Place warm spaghetti in the center of four serving plates.

Ladle alfredo sauce over the center of the spaghetti.

Arrange carrot phalanges over the sauce.

Splatter marinara sauce over the entire dish in a gruesome manner.

Garnish with basil.


Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons with Deviled Eyes

Photo by Lori Hirsch Stokoe (www.tastewiththeeyes.com) for Explore Cuisine.


Deviled eyes ingredients
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • Food coloring
  • Jumbo black olives
  • Garlic mayonnaise
  • Unflavored gelatin glaze
Special equipment
  • Two thin, sharp tubes for cutting hard-boiled eggs — a smaller one for the pupil and a larger one for the iris
  • Fine paintbrush for food coloring
  • Pastry brush for gelatin
Spaghetti spoons ingredients
  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Black Bean Spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs such as tarragon, parsley and chives, finely chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Red chili flakes, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cooked egg yolk, grated
Deviled eyes directions

Use the larger tube to cut the top of the egg in a circle for the iris. Remove the egg white plug. Paint the egg white plug with diluted food coloring to look like an iris. Let dry.

Use the smaller tube to cut out a place for the pupil in the painted iris. Use the same tube to cut a pupil out of the black olive. Place the olive pupil in the iris.

Cut off the bottom third of the egg so it will nestle in the spaghetti spoon. Reserve any hard-boiled egg yolks for spaghetti recipe.

Scoop out a small amount of the egg yolk from the top of the egg to make room for the mayonnaise. Squirt mayonnaise into the hollow top of the hard-boiled egg, then replace the iris plug.

Paint food coloring bloodshot lines around the iris. Let dry.

Finish by brushing a light coat of slightly thickened gelatin glaze over the entire eye to give an authentic glossy finish.

Spaghetti spoons directions

In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, herbs, salt and chili flakes. Add spaghetti and toss. Sprinkle with grated egg yolk.

Arrange spaghetti in decorative serving spoons. Place deviled eyes in center.