Tonight Harper made “pasta cupcakes” for dinner. My inspiration was from an episode of Giada that I watched recently, but we took a fairly different approach to the project. Giada used chopped veggies in her cupcakes, but my kids would just pick those out and eat the pasta plain, so instead I made some homemade marinara sauce with lots of veggies in it. Harper did the rest of the work:
Step 1: Load pasta into cupcake tins coated with non-stick spray. While Harper did this I layered shredded cheese in with the pasta to make it stick together.
Step 2: Spoon sauce on top of the pasta and pat it down (that part is not necessary, but Harper thought it was).
Step 3: Add more cheese on top, then sprinkle store-bought Italian breadcrumbs on top of that. Drizzle a little olive oil on top of the breadcrumbs (Mommy did that part).
Step 4: Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Sit on stool and watch.
Step 5: Let them COOL, then eat! If you don’t let them cool sufficiently (at least 5-10 min), they fall apart. When cooled they should stay together like a cupcake with a cute sauce “frosting.”