Bats and Cobwebs

Baked Bow-Tie Pasta with Mozzarella
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

Make this festive dinner for Halloween using bow-tie pasta (bats) and melted mozzarella cheese (cobwebs). They're stirred into a quick homemade marinara sauce along with pre-cooked chicken sausage for a comforting casserole that the whole family can indulge in before it's time to say 'trick or treat!'


  • ½ pound bow-tie pasta

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, in puree

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • teaspoon sugar

  • Coarse salt

  • 2 precooked chicken sausages (about 3 ounces each), cut crosswise into ¼-inch-thick rounds

  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (1 ¾ cups)

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


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

  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. 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.

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