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We have our costumes ready to go, and trick-or-treating is on the brain. Sophie is going to be a fairy princess, Xander will be a squirrel, and Kyle will be a "Purple Pimp". (Don't ask.) My husband? Well, considering he's a big kid, too, he will be dressing up as Count Chocula. I will be the woman in jeans and a sweater, pretending not to know him.
- Bell peppers. Any color is fine, but I like orange, red, and yellow. You'll need one per person.
- One package of ground chuck. I like a meat-heavy sauce, so I use about 1.5lbs.
- World Market Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce, one jar.
- La Molisana Bucatini (You can find this at World Market.)
- 1 tablespoon Garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Parmesan cheese, to taste.
The first things you'll want to do are cook your pasta according to package instructions. I chose to use the Bucatini rather than spaghetti because it's hollow in the center, giving it a more "wormlike" feel. Plus, the tasty sauce really penetrates these noodles very well. The kids call the Bucatini "special noodles", since it's definitely a change from the norm.
Once your pasta is cooked, drained, and set aside, it's time to cook the ground chuck. I break it up while browning with a wooden spoon, making sure that the beef chunks are uniform in size.
After your meat is cooked through, drain off the fat and add it back to the pan. (I actually use my wok for this, since it has ample room for the meat, sauce, and pasta.)
Return your pan to the burner, and make sure it's set on medium. Add your minced garlic and pasta sauce to the mix, stirring often to make sure all of the meat is coated well.
Once the sauce is to your liking, add in the cooked noodles, stirring to ensure everything is mixed together well. Doesn't this look delicious?! Hang on tight...Here's where the real fun begins!
Using a sharp paring knife, carefully cut off the tops of the peppers. Set them aside. Make sure to remove all seeds and membranes, leaving the inside of the peppers free of any inedible debris.
Next, it's time to make your faces! Cut out eyes and mouths using the same sharp knife. I am no artist, so I stuck with simple shapes like triangles, since they're easy to cut. If you have crazy carving skills, feel free to be a bit more adventurous!
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