Halloween Pasta Recipe: SQUID INK LINGUINE

When I was a child, Halloween was practically non-existent. The activities that I grew up with during this time of the year include late night story-telling of manananggals, kapre, tikbalang and white ladies {This we do in the darkest part of the house on candle light}, and visiting our dearly-departed’s grave, lighting a candle and praying, all the while having a mini-reunion and a picnic {strangely, this is a tradition}.

I remember distinctly believing in those stories and being scared of them, specially the one involving a manananggal and a pregnant woman. I don’t think I’m gullible, I just believe everything what older people, namely my parents and my sister, tell me.

I believe that we shouldn’t point out things when we’re in an unfamiliar place because “baka ma-matanda ka“.

That the ant hill in the backyard is actually not an ant hill but a nuno sa punso {a dwarf-like creature in Philippine mythology}. You shouldn’t step on the nuno’s house lest you want your private parts swollen and bigger that your arm.

I believe that you shouldn’t be outside the house at 12 midnight because all of those buried in the cemetery rise out of their graves and roam around the city.

And I also believe that eating vegetables make you beautiful.

Past forward to the present day, after a lot of midnights out of the house where in I didn’t bump into a single zombie and after not seeing even a single ant hill because there are no soils in the city anymore,

…and of course, after seeing that vegetables are in fact, not making me more beautiful… I decided not to believe in those stories anymore.

Although, I still eat a lot of vegetables because even if they are not making me beautiful, well, my body needs it.

And unless you’re in a perfect world where your kids fight over the vegetables on the dinner table, then you can throw away that story about it making children beautiful.

Ehem, that’s what I tell Ykaie and my nieces Cyra and Cyvrine to make them eat more veggies.

And no matter how creepy, yummy and elegant the food may be, I try to sneak in a few.

Behold! Today for breakfast, I give you this Squid Ink Linguine with Jack O’ Lantern Carrots

This is great if you’re looking for a pasta dish to make for your Halloween party. You can either make your own pasta or if you’re a bit lazy busy, like me, you can just buy fresh squid ink pasta from the deli or grocery.


Halloween Pasta Recipe: SQUID INK LINGUINE with Jack O’ Lantern Carrots


  • 400g fresh squid ink pasta
  • 1 small can of anchovy fillets in olive oil
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 large cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 small carrot
  • grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. The fresh ones I got from the deli, says I had to boil it for 3 minutes.
  2. Slice your carrots thinly into coins. Using a small knife, carve a stem, eyes and a smiling mouth to resemble a jack o-lantern pumpkin. You can sauté this in butter or just blanch in the water where you boiled your pasta.
  3. In a non-stick pan, sauté anchovy fillets in ¼ cup olive oil + the oil in came in in the can. Let oil be infused with the flavor of anchovies.
  4. Transfer this in a bowl and wash the pan.
  5. Sauté chopped garlic in the remaining ¼ cup olive oil until it gets infused with the flavor of garlic.
  6. Add cooked pasta to this pan and mix well until each pasta is coated with oil.
  7. Pour in anchovy-infused olive oil and mix well.
  8. To serve, sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and top with two or three pieces of buttered jack o- lantern carrots.

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note: Don’t mix the garlic-infused oil with the anchovy-infused oil before mixing the pasta because the garlic usually drowns out the flavor of anchovy.

A breakfast like this is guaranteed to wake up  sleepy four-year-olds…


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28 Responses

  1. Waaaa ang cute ng anak mo! On cue! Grabe will you really have a Halloween party with all these goodies?

    Interesting tip on the garlic oil and the anchovy oil. Thanks for sharing!

    Super tawa ako sa veggies make us beautiful part. LOL It’s a good thing nobody told me that. hahaha

  2. Aw, scary food..i don’t think many kids could dare eat this..hehe. It looks yummy to me though and fun. 

    I still remember those scary stories which our mother used then to scare me and my sibs to stay outside the house at night. I still believe some of those including the manananggal…also the “pointing” thing. Here,when we point at a balete tree, we have to bite our fingers after to prevent curse.  

  3. hehehehehehe that is creativity. spooky and i wouldn’t eat that for sure because it’ll scare me little girl hehehhehe

  4. Wow!! so creative …scary but it looks delicious..then, very formative…really gives a satisfied information.

  5. Waaah, Peachy! Ang sarap mo maging Mommy! 😛 Adopt mo nalang ako. 😛 hehe I will try this out nga, hope it will turn out the way it’s supposed to be. 😛

  6. The skull and skeleton adds some spookyness on the pasta. You’re a good cook and definitely knows to be creative . bumagay sa halloween theme talaga

  7. Oh my! she’s so cute on that picture her face is priceless! Nice freaking creativity there lol. I love squid ink though!

  8. That’s a good dish for the  Halloween season.Putting vegetables on it is terrific.The children will surely eat that healthy dish.

  9. I’m loving your Halloween posts! I love squid ink! This will definitely freak my kids out! 😀

  10. Yay! Halloween is getting closer and this is a very creative dish. What a reaction from Ykaie surprise or shock?

  11. I don’t think I can eat this one.  It totally grosses me out but it is certainly eye-catching on the table. Maybe my children would be more adventurous.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my website so that I could find yours. What a fun group of recipes for this upcoming Halloween festivities. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

  13. I love the contrasting color of pasta and carrot. Very appetizing, I’ll definitely try this one. Tc!

  14. Your little girl looks waken up by here breakfast! So cute! i have tasted squid ink pastas in the past, they usually call it black pasta. I tried one with cream sauce and cooked oysters. Kind of a Seafood black pasta, really great and unique. Something new for pasta lovers.

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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