Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pasta Dinner

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

I've made a variation of this for the past two years for Halloween dinner. We enjoy carving the 'pumpkins' and eating the 'worms'.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 -8 medium orange bell peppers, washed and dried
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta or 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 (25 ounce) jar pasta sauce, warmed (I love Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro Tomato and Basil sauce)


  1. Carve each bell pepper as you would a Jack-O-Lantern, cutting the top off and hollowing out the inside before carving a face.
  2. Discard the tops.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. Drain Pasta.
  5. Mix pasta with warm sauce and spoon into each individual pepper, making sure the pasta 'oozes' out the eyes, mouth, and top of pepper.
  6. Serve with breadstick 'bones'--tie a knot at the end of each breadstick, bake, and enjoy!


Most Helpful

This is just awesome! I LOVE this idea, its cute and fun and so easy, too! I liked that these are more on the cute side of spooky. :)
I made one change in that I topped my filled o'lanterns with cheese and baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes. That way the bell pepper got a bit softer and developed some spooky brown spots. A HUGE hit, thank you so much for sharing!

Lalaloula October 30, 2011

We had fun with this! Loved carving each pepper. At first my daughter said that she refused to eat "brains" out of it. LOL But once all was said and done and it was on the table, she loved it! Thanks for posting such a cute idea.

Lisanne :) October 30, 2009

This deserves all the stars for the idea. The insides are really up to the chef! I used whole grain elbows (looking for a smaller pasta) and a jarred mushroom/ olive tomato sauce (into which I had secretly incorporated some leftover mashed pumpkin). I steamed some broccoli to use as greens (a pumpkin patch?) around each jackolantern, and put the carved peppers in with the broccoli briefly so that they could soften and become a bit warm, too. It was something to have fun with that didn't require a whole lot of mess or effort, and brought smiles to our faces. Thanks.

Meredith C-ville October 28, 2008

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