Dom’s Mini Baked Rotini
Break out your muffin pans everybody this is an easy dish that is both a great kid pleaser and a really fun appetizer for parties, in fact I intend to bring a big old platter of these to my friend’s annual Lapna celebration. You should get 2 dozen out of this recipe.
1 pound cooked rotini pasta
3 ½ cups of your favorite marinara type sauce
1 pound coarsely shredded mozzarella
½ a cup of grated Parmesan/Romano cheese
½ a cup of bread crumbs
non stick cooking spray
The assemblage is significantly easier than pie; take a large bowl and mix the sauce & cheese, add the preferably still hot from the stove, drained rotini and mix thoroughly, adding the breadcrumbs and a shake or 2 extra grated cheese to help the mix firm up a bit. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees (which does seem to be the porridge that Goldilocks ate when it comes to cooking doesn’t it?) and liberally spray your muffin pans with the non stick spray. Fill the muffin pans, making sure to fill them rather firmly and sprinkle with bread crumbs & more grated cheese, making sure to press it down again. Bake it for 10 minutes then check, turn off the heat in the oven and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes as the residual heat will finish the cooking. After the final 10 minutes is over take out the pans and allow to cool before inverting them on a platter. If they came out correctly they should be firm enough to pick up and eat by hand.