Yet Another Halloween Dinner

Pumpkin & Ricotta Pasta Casserole
serves 6

Ingredients:
1 pound pasta, such as farfalle, small shells, or elbows
One 15-ounce container ricotta
One 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1/2 cup yogurt
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 cup grated Parmesan, divided

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil. Set aside. (Or for a fun idea, hallow out a mid sized pumpkin.) Bring a 4-quart pot of water to boil over high heat, and stir about 1 tablespoon of salt. Add the pasta, and turn the heat down to medium. Cook for a slightly shorter amount of time than specified by the package. (For instance, if the package specifies 10 to 12 minutes, cook for 9 to 10, or until just barely al dente.) Drain the pasta and toss lightly with olive oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, pureed pumpkin, eggs, and yogurt. Whisk in the salt, pepper, nutmeg, and ginger.

Stir in the pasta and coat completely with the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the pecans, chopped pecans, sage, and garlic. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan.

Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish (or pumpkin) and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan over top. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

 

Mummy Dogs

Ingredients:
1 1-oz. tube refrigerated bread stick dough
12 hot dogs
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
Garnish: mustard

Directions:

Seperate dough into strips. Wrap one strip of dough around each hot dog, leaving 1/2 inch uncovered for face. Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Whisk together egg and water; brush over dough. Bake at 350° for 14 to 16 minutes, or until golden. Dot mustard on hot dogs with a toothpick to form eyes, if desired.

 

Witch’s Brew

Ingredients:
Favorite flavored juice (Kool Aide works great, we use fruit punch)
Dry ice

Directions:

Pour the juice in a large bowl with the dry ice. let set for 5-10 minutes to carbonate. Use a ladle to serve into cups.

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