Halloween Pasta Recipe: Swamp Pesto with Severed Fingers

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  • 250g Linguine noodles
  • bottled or homemade pesto
  • 10 pcs chicken hotdogs
  • 12 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 large white onion
  • parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste
  • Green food color (optional)


  1. Cook Linguine noodles according to package direction but add a few drops of green food color in your pasta water before boiling. This is optional but will definitely add some “icky” and “eww’ factor when you serve the pasta.
  2. Set aside when cooked.
  3. You can use a ready made pesto sauce or you can make a homemade one. Click here for my pesto recipe.
  4. For the “severed fingers”, cut chicken hotdogs in half.
  5. In the rounded end of the chicken hotdog make a shallow square-shaped cut to make the fingernails and make three small cuts in the middle part.
  6. Boil this until cooked.
  7. Cut your white onions into small square pieces to resemble finger nails.
  8. Microwave this for about 30 seconds in a shallow plate with a bit of water to cook it.
  9. Squeeze a small dollop of ketchup to make bloody nails and attach the cooked white onion pieces to make it look like bloody finger nails.
  10. In a small pan, heat pesto and add cooked pasta. Sprinkle with salt and parmesan cheese to taste.
  11. Transfer in a serving dish and garnish with your “severed fingers”
  12. Serve with a devilish grin (evil laugh)