Spooky Graveyard Spaghetti

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It’s the week of Halloween and the kids want a meal extra creepy, extra spooky and extra yummy.  What do you make?  How about Spooky Bloody Worms with Monster Meatballs and Headstones, otherwise known as Graveyard Spaghetti.

My boys absolutely loved this meal.  They even loved it in their lunchbox Thermos.  So how about you make some for your ghouls this week.  They will be sure to thank you for it.

Graveyard Spaghetti

Make the meatballs first by combining the below ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Mix by hand or with a stand mixer.

2 lbs regular ground beef
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 Tb ground flax
2 eggs
1 Tb tomato paste
1 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
4 cloves garlic pressed
1/4 cup feta cheese

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Nicolas decided the meatballs needed one extra garlic clove.   Don’t worry, I included the addition in the ingredient list.

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Shape the meat mixture into 12 large meatballs weighing 3oz each.

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Brown the meatballs evenly in one Tb of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, about 10 minutes.

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For the Spaghetti Sauce

1 family size jar Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce
1/2 cup water
1 Tb oil
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
Dash salt
1 Tb parsley

Meanwhile heat one Tb of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic.  Sautee until tender.  Add the jar of spaghetti sauce.  Add a bit of water to “rinse” the jar and add that to the sauce as well.  Stir in the parsley.

Look at those beautiful monster meatballs!

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Add the meatballs to the pasta sauce once they are browned evenly.  Turn the heat to medium low, cover and simmer about 20 minutes.

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While the meatballs and sauce are heating, cook one pound of spaghetti noodles according to package directions.

Finally make your favorite garlic bread recipe into headstones.  I made a quick version of spreadable butter, garlic salt and melted mozzarella.

Pipe on “RIP” for Rest in Peace, using a zip seal sandwich baggie with corner cut away with just a Tb of cream cheese and a few drops of black food coloring mixed inside.

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My quick garlic bread Headstones
4 short slices of French bread, cut into 12 portions
1/4 cup margarine
4 oz mozzarella
1 tsp garlic salt
1 Tb Parmesan

RIP Piping:
1 Tb cream cheese
Black food color

Decorate the meatballs with olive slices for eyes and grated Parmesan for hair.

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The spaghetti dish serves 8 regular portions of 1.5 meatballs each or 6 hearty with 2 meatballs each.

Spooky Graveyard Spaghetti

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 811 calories

Fat 44 g

Carbs 63 g

Protein 39 g

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Spooky Graveyard Spaghetti

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®:

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Monster Meatballs

  • 2 lbs regular ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 Tb ground flax
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tb tomato paste
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • For the Bloody Spaghetti Sauce

  • 1 family size jar Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tb oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Dash salt
  • 1 Tb parsley
  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • For the Garlic Bread Headstones

  • 4 short slices French bread, cut into 12 portions
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 4 oz mozzarella
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tb Parmesan
  • For the RIP Piping

  • 1 Tb cream cheese
  • 5 drops black food coloring
  • For the Meatball garnish

  • 2 Tb sliced black olives
  • 2 Tb shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Make the meatballs first by combining the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix by hand or with a stand mixer.
  2. Shape the meat mixture into 12 large meatballs weighing 3oz each.
  3. Brown the meatballs evenly in one Tb of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile heat one Tb of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic with dash salt. Sautee until tender.
  5. Add the jar of spaghetti sauce. Add a bit of water to “rinse” the jar and add that to the sauce as well. Stir in the parsley.
  6. Add the meatballs to the pasta sauce once they are browned evenly. Turn the heat to medium low, cover and simmer about 20 minutes.
  7. While the meatballs and sauce is heating, cook one pound of spaghetti noodles according to package directions.
  8. Finally make garlic bread into headstones. Spread the slices with margarine, sprinkle on garlic salt and mozzarella.
  9. Bake at 400F for 8 minutes.
  10. Pipe on “RIP” for Rest in Peace, onto each "headstone", using a zip seal sandwich baggie with corner cut away with just a Tb of cream cheese and a few drops of black food coloring mixed inside.
  11. Plate the spaghetti.
  12. Decorate the meatballs with olive slices for eyes and grated Parmesan for hair.

Notes

The spaghetti dish serves 8 regular portions of 1.5 meatballs each or 6 hearty with 2 meatballs each.

Have a Ghouly Good Halloween!

What is your favorite Halloween meal?

You may also enjoy Extra Meaty Restaurant Style Spaghetti

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