Worms for Brains Recipe
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Worms for Brains Recipe

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"This is a quick and easy Halloween dish my family has come to expect each year," says Julianna Tazzia from West Bloomfield, Michigan. "I have time to get the little ones ready to go trick-or-treating, yet they still get a hot meal before they go out."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 8 to 10 medium sweet orange peppers
  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 334 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 404mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. Cut tops off peppers and set aside; remove seeds and membranes. Cut a jack-o'-lantern face on one side of each pepper; set aside.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  3. Drain spaghetti; add to beef. Stir in spaghetti sauce; heat through. Spoon into peppers; replace tops. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Worms for Brains in Taste of Home October/November 2006, p17

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mojomo User ID: 4462613 94731
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Such a great idea. The kids loved them and the amount in each pepper was just enough...very simple, but impressive!!!"

solomonanddana User ID: 2223891 67358
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"Loves it!! A nice spin on spaghetti. Well Be making it again soon!!"

williamsegraves User ID: 3296408 163101
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I made 2 of these guys and planted them in the center of a huge bowl of spaghetti for a party. They got so many comments on how cute they were, and what a great idea, etc. Very fun!"

davidandamber User ID: 2117011 102083
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2008

"These are so cute and easy to do. Thanks for the great idea!"

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