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Bats and Cobwebs

When tasty bow-tie pasta and melted mozzarella become bats and cobwebs, you know it's a Halloween dinner.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • servings: 4


  • 1/2 pound bow-tie pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, in puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 precooked chicken sausages (about 3 ounces each), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer; cook, stirring and breaking up tomatoes until slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt.

  3. Step 3

    Add pasta, sausage, and half the mozzarella; toss to combine. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake until bubbly and top is lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with Romaine Salad.

Everyday Food, October

Reviews (5)

  • 20 Jul, 2010

    An okay meal. I think next time I decide to make something like this, I'll just go for the full ziti version.

  • 25 Nov, 2008

    This is a fall/winter standard at our house...also a great potluck dish!

  • 20 Oct, 2008

    Great for Halloween. My picky eaters love it!

  • 20 Oct, 2008

    Great for Halloween. My picky eaters love it!

  • 20 Oct, 2008

    Great for Halloween. My picky eaters love it!