Centipede-Shaped Pasta Recipe
This centipede looks just as surprised as how the looks on your children's faces will be when you serve them a creepy-crawly for lunch.
It's a simple yet delightful pasta dish, and some extra tools such as a wooden skewer and paring knife will be needed to make the cucumber spiral that will complete the lower-half of the centipede’s body.
Step-by-step instructions are included so don't skip over this recipe just because you think you can't carve food to save your life!
- STep-by-step InSTRuctions
- Half box of linguine
- 3 English (Hothouse) Cucumbers
- 2 Orange bell peppers
- 1 Red bell pepper
- 3 Black olives
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 1 tablespoon of dill pickle juice (optional)
- 1 paring knife
- Wooden skewer
For other pasta creations that don't require any carving skills, be sure to check out the rest of my food art post.
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 35 mins
- In a medium-sized saucepan, bring 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add salt and dill pickle juice for flavor.
- Add linguine to the boiling water and cook pasta for 10 minutes. Remember to stir frequently as your pasta cooks. While waiting for your pasta to cook, prepare the vegetables.
- Take one large black olive and slice crosswise in half. Set aside. These will form the centipede's eyeballs.
- Half the orange bell peppers lengthwise and remove seeds. Next, slice the two halves into 6 strips. These will form the centipede's legs.
- Half the red bell pepper lengthwise and remove seeds. Next, cut out 2 strips. These will form the centipede's antenna.
- Cut the ends of the cucumbers off and discard. Next, cut two slices of cucumber for eyes. Set aside.
- Carve the remaining cucumber into a spiral. To do so, you'll need a sharp paring knife and a wooden skewer. Poke the wooden skewer through the center of the cucumber, ensuring both ends of the skewer can be seen on either ends of the cucumber (just like how you would insert a skewer through meat for grilling).
- Next, place your paring knife diagonally 1/4-inch from the top of the cucumber, and begin turning the cucumber 180 degrees as you slice to the other end of the cucumber. Make sure the knife is resting on the wooden skewer as you rotate the cucumber while slicing.
- Place the cucumber spiral at the top middle part of your serving plate.
- Once pasta has cooked, drain and add butter. Allow the heat from pasta to melt butter. Salt to taste and toss well to coat pasta in butter.
- Arrange pasta just beneath the left side of your cucumber spiral.
- Take the two cucumber slices and place them beside each other near the bottom of the pasta. This will form the centipede's eyes.
- Take the sliced black olive halves and place them each on top a cucumber slice. This will form the centipede's eyeballs and complete the eyes.
- Arrange two slices of red bell peppers in an arch at bottom of the pasta. This completes the centipede's antenna.
- Arrange three slices of orange bell peppers on each side of pasta to form legs.
- Squirt ketchup into three equal stripes down the top of the pasta.
- Serve to some eager and hungry children… or even adults who want to be children for just one meal.
Note: You can replace ketchup with other spaghetti sauces.