Mother’s Day Brunch with a Twist: The Babadook Dirt and Worms Bucatini

Surprise your mom with this delightful dish that offers a skin-crawling twist!

BABADOOK Dirt and Worms Bucatini with Black Olive Tapenade, Parmesan, and Crispy Breadcrumbs

Let’s break free from the usual brunches and bouquets this Mother’s Day and invite The Babadook into the kitchen. Mental Health Awareness Month and Mother’s Day both occur during May, making it the perfect time to dig into the horror film The Babadook, directed by Jennifer Kent. The story centers around Amelia, a single mother struggling with personal hardships and grief, whose life becomes intertwined with a sinister children’s pop-up book.

A scene from the film shows Amelia harvesting earthworms from her garden to feed the Babadook, which inspired me to create a unique Mother’s Day-themed dish — Babadook Dirt and Worms Bucatini. I’ve transformed classic bucatini noodles (that’s a fancy way of saying hollow spaghetti) into a creepy-crawly treat, tossing them in a homemade olive tapenade and garnishing them with parsley, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan to mimic the look of freshly dug earth — deliciously spooky and way tastier than actual dirt and worms! Serve with freshly baked bread and a green salad for a complete meal.

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Can’t find bucatini? No problem — simply substitute it with regular spaghetti, udon noodles, or your favorite pasta. You can also shortcut this recipe using store-bought tapenade, but why not go the extra mile with a homemade version to truly impress Mom? Plus, the leftovers are great to serve as an appetizer on crackers!

Choosing The Babadook as a theme for Mother’s Day highlights the often ignored and darker aspects of motherhood. It reminds us of our own horror stories, from the sleepless nights with a newborn to the drama of teenage years and, of course, the daily sacrifices that mothers make. It also reminds us that the wraiths of fear, anxiety, and grief require attention — they cannot simply be ignored (or banished to the basement).

So, as you savor this Babadook Dirt and Worms Bucatini, raise a glass to the moms who face their personal Babadooks every day. Let us celebrate motherhood’s unexpected, unconventional, and sometimes downright scary aspects with a dish as memorable as it is monstrous-looking yet mouthwatering.

BABADOOK Dirt and Worms Bucatini with Black Olive Tapenade, Parmesan, and Crispy Breadcrumbs

Mother’s Day Brunch with a Twist: The Babadook Dirt and Worms Bucatini

BABADOOK Dirt and Worms Bucatini with Black Olive Tapenade, Parmesan, and Crispy Breadcrumbs
  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Perform Time10 min
  • Total Time35 min

What You Need

Black Olive Tapenade

  • One 6-oz can of pitted black olives, drained (170g)
  • One clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained (7.5g)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (4.8g)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley (3.8g)
  • ⅛ Cup olive oil (28g)


  • 8-oz pack of dry bucatini noodles
  • Salt
  • 8 Cups water (64 oz)
  • Gel food coloring in rose, orange, and violet

Other Ingredients

  • Reserved pasta water
  • ½ Cup Seasoned breadcrumbs (30g)
  • Olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Crushed red pepper, optional

What To Do

For the Black Olive Tapenade


Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

For the Breadcrumbs


Heat a small amount of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in breadcrumbs, and toast until crispy and browned. Set aside.

For the Bucatini


Cook the bucatini for approximately 9 minutes in salted, boiling water that has been colored with rose, orange, and violet gel food coloring. Drain the bucatini, reserving one Cup of the pasta water.

Return the pasta to the pan. Toss with ½ Cup tapenade, adding a splash of reserved pasta water to help evenly coat the pasta with the tapenade. Transfer to a serving dish and top with toasted seasoned breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, chopped parsley, and crushed red pepper (optional). Serve with additional tapenade on the side, if desired.

What’s for Dessert? A Devilishly Good Treat from ‘Rosemary’s Baby

To fully embrace the Mother’s Day theme, try serving my Minnie Castevet’s Chocolate Mousse recipe from Rosemary’s Baby for dessert! This devilishly good treat is a rich, velvety chocolate mousse that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Click here for the full recipe.

Minnie Castevet's Chocolate Mousse from "Rosemary's Baby"

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