Bats and Cobwebs


We make this baked bow tie pasta 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!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (8 ounce) package farfalle (bow tie) pasta

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 small onion, chopped (Optional)

  • 1 (28 ounce) jar pasta sauce

  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

522 Calories
23g Fat
47g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 522
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 867mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 378mg 29%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 692mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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