Eyeball pasta

Eyeball pasta

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4-6 children

Get everyone in the Halloween mood with this gory but tasty pasta dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal568
  • fat17g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs85g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.69g
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  • 100g cherry tomato
  • 150g pack mini mozzarella balls, drained
  • handful basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 400g green tagliatelle
  • 350g jar tomato sauce
  • 4 tbsp fresh pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.



  1. Halve the cherry tomatoes and use a small, sharp knife or a teaspoon to remove the seeds. Cut the mozzarella balls in half. Place one half inside each tomato, trimming the edges if necessary to fit it in. Either cut the smallest circles you can from a basil leaf or finely chop the leaves and scrunch into small circles. Place one at the centre of each mozzarella ball.

  2. Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, heat through the tomato sauce. When the tagliatelle is cooked, drain and stir through the pesto and any remaining basil, chopped finely. Divide between 4-6 serving bowls. Spoon over some tomato sauce, then arrange the stuffed tomato eyeballs on top.

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31st Oct, 2018
This meal worked really well. Clean plates all round. Would do again.
31st Oct, 2014
Really tasty, although the kids wouldn't eat the "eyeballs"! I added pancetta to the tomato sauce just coz it needed using up.
21st Mar, 2013
Great spooky recipe and the whole family enjoyed eating it
23rd Dec, 2012
A hit with the little ones.
26th Oct, 2012
I made this last year for Halloween dinner. It is a bit of a fiddle putting the eyes together and might be best to use something else for the 'pupils.' The end result is great though, makes me laugh when people are put off by the tomato eye 'sockets!' :D
31st Oct, 2011
Made this for Halloween tea tonight, it went down a storm. I used blobs of green paste food colouring instead of basil - much less faff. Think I'll get repeat requests next year.
17th Sep, 2011
Pesto is made of parmesan cheese: Parmesan/Parmigiano-Reggiano is an EU Protected Designation of Origin product and has to be made using calf rennet, so it’s definitely NOT suitable for vegetarians.
4th Nov, 2010
I made just the eyeballs, but used a small piece of black olive as the pupil - then added the eyeballs onto a mixed green salad... the effect was almost "too successful": my mother couldn't bring herself to eat one, haha!
7th Nov, 2009
I made this for my son & his friends for Halloween - they loved it! Used very small pieces of black olives for the pupils instead of the basil leaves. Really easy to make too - will make a gain next year for sure!
29th Oct, 2009
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