This spider bread bowl makes for an adorable savory Halloween snack

Oct 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Halloween is hands down one of my favorite times of year. Not only does it fall during autumn, my favorite season, but it's one of the only holidays out there that truly allows you to be a kid for a night. You can dress up in goofy costumes, binge on candy and stay up late watching horror movies.

Not only that, but it gives you the chance to play with your food. I don't mean pushing away the peas or the Brussels sprouts your husband or wife insists you eat; I mean actually play with it. Like roll out your favorite pizza dough into a spider, gut it and then fill it with macaroni.

I mean, seriously, how cute is this spider breadstick-pasta combo? It's like a bread bowl but so much cuter. Clearly you're going to need this for Halloween, so I'm going to tell you how to make it. You start with a canister of refrigerated pizza dough, and you roll it into a big ball.

Macaroni filled spider breadsticks

After that, you want to pull off a piece of the dough to make a head, and then another, bigger piece to make the body. You want the head big enough to put 2 spooky eyeballs on it. And some fangs. How awesome are those fangs?

Macaroni filled spider breadsticks

Then you roll out 8 smaller pieces of dough into gross little legs. You can do 6 legs, but I found 8 to be more realistic. (Given the nightmares I have of spiders attacking me, I think I know how many legs they have.)

 Macaroni filled spider breadsticks

Then you assemble the beast, sprinkle with a little "hair," stick it all onto a baking sheet and let it brown to utter perfection.

 Macaroni filled spider breadsticks

After it's been browned nicely, you gut it (muahaha!) and fill it with "bloody" macaroni.

 Macaroni filled spider breadsticks

Don't worry, the macaroni isn't actually bloody. That's gross. It just looks like gooey insides though, right? Totally cool. And now it's time for you to freak the heck out of your friends and become the "cool" parent with your kids.

Macaroni-filled spider bread bowl with breadstick legs recipe

Adapted from Delish

This recipe calls for 1 cup of prepared macaroni and marinara. To make, simply cook 1 cup of dry macaroni per the package directions. Rinse in cold water, and mix with about 1/2 to 2/3 cup marinara sauce.

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 25-30 minutes | Total time: 35-40 minutes


  • 1 package refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 green olives
  • Black candy corns (for the eyes)
  • 1 cup prepared macaroni and marinara
  • Extra Parmesan and basil, for garnish
  • Sriracha sauce (for the fangs)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On a hard, floured surface, roll out the dough, and form a large ball with it. Break one half into a 5-inch ball (for the body). Pull another piece of dough into a 2-1/2-inch ball to make the head. Carefully roll out the remaining dough into 8 strips, and then roll those into 6-inch legs.
  3. Carefully attach the body parts to the spider body, pinching the seams together with your hands. Carefully move the spider to the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  4. Mix together the water and egg. Using a pastry brush, liberally brush the dough with the egg wash. Sprinkle the legs, head and body with Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper. Carefully press 2 olives onto the head (to mark where you'll eventually put the eyes).
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.
  6. Carefully hollow out the body. Remove the olives, and replace with the black candy corn eyes. To make the fangs, simply cut out "fang" shapes from leftover bread, and dip them in Sriracha sauce for a "bloody" look. Poke the fangs into the front of the head.
  7. Fill the hollowed-out cavity with pasta, a dash of Parmesan and basil, and serve.

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