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Mummy Spaghetti Bread Bowl

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Featuring a fun mummy face, this Halloween Squid Ink Spaghetti Bowl Recipe is stuffed full of bolognese sauce and cheese for a comfort food recipe the whole family will love! Serve it on its own or with your favorite sides. 

overhead image of a baked mummy spaghetti bread bowl with squid ink pasta bursting out of the center

Why We Love This Bread Bowl Recipe

Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, we know you’re going to enjoy this recipe just as much as we do! Not only is it the ultimate comfort food, but it’s also super cute and so fun to make. The kids love to dig into the center and find black spaghetti underneath. It’s perfect for the holiday season, and bonus, you can easily sneak veggies into the bolognese sauce. All in all, this bread bowl recipe is easy to assemble, a unique twist on classic comfort food, perfect for feeding a crowd, and is a great way to celebrate Halloween with the whole family gathered around the dinner table just before going out or trick-or-treat. 

What is Squid Ink Spaghetti

If you’ve never had or seen squid ink spaghetti, it can be a bit shocking! Traditional spaghetti pasta noodles take on a black color thanks to the infusion of squid ink. The pasta noodles are made just the same as traditional spaghetti except for one thing. As the pasta dough is made black squid ink is added to the water resulting in a unique color. 

What Does Squid Ink Spaghetti Taste Like? 

The flavor difference between regular spaghetti and squid ink spaghetti is minor, but we think the black noodles are scrumptious! They have a slightly richer flavor that is briny and has an extra hint of saltiness that pairs incredibly well with all your favorite pasta sauces. 

a woman's hands cutting the top off a loaf of sourdough

Ingredients You’ll Need

Feel free to get creative, and go all out with the holiday theme. However, for the basic recipe, here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Bread – You’ll want a thick crusty bread like sourdough or ciabatta. Thin varieties won’t hold up and are likely to become soggy. 
  • Squid Ink Spaghetti – We love the extra festive touch the black noodles add, but regular spaghetti is totally fine to use, too. 
  • Bolognese Sauce – To make this bread bowl recipe super quick we use a pre-made bolognese sauce. However, if you’ve got the time homemade varieties like this make for an insanely incredible taste. 
  • Cheese – For the bread bowl filling you’ll want to use shredded Mozzarella cheese. However, to create the “eyeballs” of the mummy, you’ll want to use small balls of Mozzarella cheese. Alternatively, any similarly shaped snacking cheese will have the same effect. 
  • Puff Pastry – Easy to find in most local grocery stores, this forms the “gauze” of your mummy. 
  • Pitted Black Olives – Salty and full of healthy fats, olives are a fun way to create the pupils of your mummy when layered on top of the balls of cheese. 

overhead image of a sourdough bread bowl with a woman's hand adding a spoonful of bolognese sauce in the bottom

How to Make a Halloween Bread Bowl

The perfect dinner option before you overload on sweets, this Halloween recipe looks elaborate but is actually pretty easy to make! 

  1. Preheat the oven. 
  2. Slice off the top of the bread, and hollow out the center leaving about ½ inch of bread all around to form a shell. 
  3. Add half of the bolognese sauce followed by the spaghetti. Then, layer the rest of the sauce as well as the cheese. 
  4. Slice the puff pastry into strips, and arrange it in a criss-cross pattern on top. (See blog pictures below.)
  5. Place the Mozzarella cheese balls on top to form the mummy’s “eyeballs,” and place the olives  on top to form the “pupils.”
  6. Bake until the bread is golden-brown and the cheese has melted. 
  7. Serve warm, and enjoy the squeals of laughter as your kids dig in to find black noodles! 

overhead image of a bread bowl being filled with quid ink pasta

Serving Suggestions

Feel free to serve this recipe on its own. We promise it’s super filling! However, for a lighter meal or an easy way to add in some veggies, pair it with healthy appetizers and sides like: 

overhead image of a spaghetti stuffed bread bowl recipe with two hands adding a layer of puff pastry on top

Common Questions

Do bread bowls get soggy? 

If you let the spaghetti sit in your bread bowl for a long period of time, it can become soggy. However, an easy way to prevent this is to brush the inside of the bowl with a bit of olive oil and bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes. This will create a sort of protective layer over the bread and makes it more difficult for the moisture to seep through. 

Can I use a different filling? 

Sure! Feel free to use any noodles or sauce you prefer. You could even fill your bread bowl with your favorite soup. Just be sure to keep an eye on it in the oven, and adjust the baking time as needed. 

Can I make this bread bowl recipe ahead of time? 

We do not recommend making this recipe in advance as the bottom of your bowl is likely to become soggy. However, if you want, you can prepare the bread ahead of time. To do so, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days. Or, store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. Then, when you’re ready to eat, follow the recipe as instructed! 

overhead image of a spaghetti bread bowl with layers of puff pastry in a criss-cross pattern on top with a woman's hand placing Mozzarella cheese balls and olives on top to form "eyes"

More Bread-Focused Recipes

Whether you’re looking for complete meals or easy appetizers, we’ve got just what you need! 

two hands holding a baked Halloween Squid Ink Spaghetti Bread Bowl

overhead image of a Halloween Squid Ink Spaghetti Bread Bowl with black quid ink spaghetti coming out of the middle

Halloween Squid Ink Spaghetti Bread Bowl Recipe

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Featuring a mummy face, this Halloween Squid Ink Spaghetti Bread Bowl Recipe is stuffed full of bolognese sauce and cheese for a fun comfort food reciep the whole family will love. Serve it on its own or with your favorite sides!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 370 kcal


  • 1 loaf sourdough or ciabatta bread
  • 6 oz black squid ink spaghetti (cooked al-dente)
  • 16 oz prepared bolognese sauce (or marinara)
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 fresh Mozzarella cheese balls
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry (slight thawed)
  • 2 sliced and pitted black olives


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions, and set aside.
  • Slice the top off the bread loaf. Then, hollow out the center, leaving 1/2 inch of bread all around.
  • Spread half of the bolognese sauce in the bottom of the bread bowl followed by the pasta and shredded Mozzarella cheese.
  • Cut the puff pastry into 1/4 inch strips, and arrange them in a criss-cross pattern on top of the cheese. Add the Mozarella balls to the top of the opening. Then, carefully place one olive on top of each ball of cheese. (See photos.)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bread is golden bread and cheese is melted.



Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 2mg
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