This is a great after-school snack, often requested by my daughter.
Here's how I make these pasta muffins:
2 cups cooked pasta (any small pasta will work, I have used macaroni in above pic, whole grain pasta also works well)
Salt, black pepper pwd and Italian seasoning mix to taste
Handful of finely chopped veggies - I have used onion, tomato, yellow and orange bell pepper and spinach to make it colorful
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Cook the pasta till al dente per package instructions. Drain. Mix in the cheese (save a little to top the muffins if desired), salt, pepper, seasoning and veggies.
Brush muffin tray with olive oil. Spread some bread crumbs.
Fill each cup with the pasta mixture.
Top with the reserved mozzarella cheese,
Generously layer bread crumbs on top of that and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake at 350F for 20 to 30 mins till tops are slightly browned. Allow to cool for 10 mins before serving. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes while serving for a slight kick.
These Pasta Muffins to go the Kids Delight - Pizza/Pasta/Noodle Event at Chef Mireille's East West Realm . This event is created by Srivalli of Kid's Delight.