Moo Moo Cow-Shaped Pasta Recipe
This cow-shaped spaghetti dish takes only 20 minutes to prepare and I really like its vibrant colors and use of healthy ingredients. You can substitute the crushed walnuts with minced chicken to add some meat to the dish or replace the nuts with your family's favorite pasta sauce. Sprinkle in some black pepper to give your cow a spotted look and you'll be good to go!
Be sure to check out the rest of my food art post for more creative lunch ideas!
- STep-by-step InSTRuctions
- 1 box of spaghetti noodles
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 1/2 oz can of whole kernel corn
- 1 1/2 oz can of English peas
- 1 1/2 oz can of carrots
- 1 can of sliced, pitted black olives
- 1 cup of walnuts, crushed
- 1 tomato
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 30 mins
- In a medium-sized saucepan, bring 4 to 5 quarts of water to a rolling boil. As soon as the water is boiling, add 2 tablespoons of coarse salt. If you're using table salt, use 1/4 cup of salt. Stir within the first two minutes of cooking to keep pasta from sticking. Cook for 9 to 10 minutes or until tender.
- While pasta is cooking, remove English peas, whole kernel corn, and carrots from cans and drain. Rinse, pat dry and set aside.
- Slice the tomato into medium-sized squares and remove seeds. One of these squares will serve as the cow's tongue and you'll need to ensure that it can lay flat.
- Once pasta has finished cooking, drain and place noodles back in saucepan. Add melted butter, salt to season, and toss pasta in butter until well coated.
- Arrange a medium-sized pile of pasta at the top of the plate to form the cow's hair.
- Set aside two strings of pasta. Use one string to form the outline of the cow's face.
- Use the other string of pasta and curl each end into a small circle. This will form the nose. Arrange it inside the shape of the head. Leave approximately 1 inch between edges to allow for walnuts.
- Fill in the face with crushed walnuts. Remember not to fill in the curled circles you just made.
- Place two carrot slices overlapping the pile of pasta and walnuts to create eyes. Place two sliced, pitted black olives on the carrot slices to form eye balls.
- Spread corn and peas around the face of the cow, leaving a small opening at the corner for the tomato tongue.
- Arrange four bay leaves around the pasta pile.
- Place the tomato square at the left corner of the cow's face to create the tongue and complete the dish.