We make this for Halloween every year at my son's request! It's like spaghetti using bow-tie pasta! It is mixed together with mozzarella cheese cubes and baked in the oven. The bow-tie pasta is the bats and the stringy, gooey mozzarella cheese is the cobwebs!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water, bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the bow tie pasta and return to a boil. Boil pasta, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well.

  • Cook and stir ground beef and onion in a large skillet until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain fat. Stir in pasta sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.

  • Stir cooked pasta and half of the mozzarella cheese into the sauce; toss to combine. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

522.1 calories; protein 30.4g 61% DV; carbohydrates 47.4g 15% DV; fat 23.1g 36% DV; cholesterol 76.2mg 25% DV; sodium 866.9mg 35% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2012
This was very tasty, I for kicks, threw in some black food coloring to the boiling water to dye the pasta black, worked like a charm, as the mom of 3 boys this has been requested all year long!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/31/2011
This was tasty but to me all it was is Hamburger Helper with a zing. Read More
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174 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 120
  • 4 star values: 45
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2012
This was very tasty, I for kicks, threw in some black food coloring to the boiling water to dye the pasta black, worked like a charm, as the mom of 3 boys this has been requested all year long!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2010
This was a big hit with the kids and the Husband. I used Ragu Original and think a nicetouch to it would be to add some olives and mushrooms. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
I didn't actually make this but I've made recipies like this with penne so I know it's great, and just the idea of using bowties and calling it bats and cobwebs makes it a 5 star! What a cute idea!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2011
This was really great! Reminded me of Lasagna only better! I used Classico Tomato & Basil for the sauce as I always do and this was perfectly spiced Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2010
Thisd gets 4 stars just for being such a great idea. My kids loved it and it is now a Halloween favourite. It is tasty but the flavour depends wholelyn the bottled sauce that you buy. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2011
I am an avid Trader Joe's shopper and following the recipe with the following tweaks turns out fabulous! 1. Use a whole log of "magically sliced" fresh mozzarella. As my brother puts it -- the extra cheese and use of fresh mozzarella "puts it over the top". 2. Use a jar of the Rustica Pomodoro pasta sauce. Enjoy!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2010
Excellent recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2011
Great recipe. I also added two cloves of chopped garlic and a can of chopped tomatoes. Everyone (including the picky eaters) loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2011
Simple and SO tasty. My 5 yr old loves the idea of calling the bowtie bats but she calls the cheese bat poo. LOL Not appetizing but cute.:-) Happy Halloween! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/31/2011
This was tasty but to me all it was is Hamburger Helper with a zing. Read More
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