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Bread Monster with Homemade Marinara Sauce

Author: Judiaann Woo
Serves: 2-4

Make this easy pull-apart monster for a kid-friendly snack before trick or treating!
bread monster for Halloween
What kid doesn’t love breadsticks dipped in warm marinara sauce? Make this easy pull-apart bread monster with kids and let them get creative. Prepared pizza dough makes it mess-free and super easy. Keep the extra sauce on hand for pasta or freeze for another use.


Marinara Sauce

  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, such as Biano Di Napoli
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large sprig of fresh basil with leaves and stems

Bread Monster

  • 1 round prepared pizza dough, such as Zupan’s Classic Pizza Dough
  • 1 small bell pepper
  • Olives
  • Olive Oil


In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. When hot, add garlic. As soon as the garlic starts to sizzle (do not let it brown), add tomatoes and stir. Reduce heat to a simmer, stir in salt and submerge basil into sauce. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Discard basil and taste for seasoning, adding more salt if needed.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove pizza dough from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 30-60 minutes.

Shape pizza dough into a rope and form into an oval. Place dough on a lightly oiled parchment-paper lined sheet pan. Let rest as you prepare the red pepper teeth.

Trim red pepper and cut into 1 1/2 inch strips. Cut each strip into triangles to form “teeth”. Press teeth into dough along the inside of the oval shape to form a mouth. Using scissors, cut slits along the outside edge of the oval and shape into points with your fingers for a spiky effect. Use olives for eyes. Brush dough with olive oil and bake. Check after 10 minutes to make sure the eyes and teeth haven’t moved around too much. If needed, press teeth and eyes back in place and return to the oven. Continuing baking until golden along the edges. Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.