Category Archives: Italian
Disclaimer: I will not claim credit for thinking of this particular recipe even though I’ve experimented with cuppy versions of other stuff like Nachos.. The underlying punchline applies though… Just as the Nacho’s were not made with corn chips (but with Corn Tortilla’s instead), This version of the classic Italian Pasta dish does not contain *Drumroll* any Pasta!!
I came across an article for cupcake Lasagna being the latest fad in the cupcake series that is sweeping across the US. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703960804576120453548957890.html
As luck would have it, I had nothing but a jar of Pasta Sauce, shredded pizza cheese, a zucchini & a pack of wonton wrappers. and yes an aluminum muffin tray, one of those disposable ones from the dollar store.
“@ this point, I leave you to imagine a cacophony of clanging & clattering sounds in your head“
40 minutes and one disposable muffin tin later, what turned out from the oven was an extremely pleasant & tasty surprise. This dish is definitely one of my 1st try successes & being so easy to make, it’s a great dish to serve to kids and have them make it themselves!
You need: ( Makes 6 cupcake sized portions)
12 Wonton Wrappers from the Oriental store.
1/2 cup grated Indian Paneer cheese (works as a great ricotta substitute with less Salt)
1/2 cup grated Mozzarella
Italian Herb seasoning to taste
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F
Spoon 1 table spoon of Sauce into each cup (This ensures that the bottom layer of wonton wrapper does not dry out & become crusty)
Make 2 small, diametrically opposite slits in 6 of the wonton wrappers and place them into the muffin tins as shown
Place a layer of thinly sliced zucchini ( Using a vegetable peeler works best)
cover with a layer of Pasta Sauce followed a layer of grated Paneer
Using a biscuit cutter or a pair of kitchen scissors cut out circles of about 2 Inch diameter with the remaining wonton wrappers. Place a circle of the dough into each cup.
Repeat layering with the zucchini, pasta sauce & paneer. You may sprinkle some seasoning as per taste in between any of the layers.. Top off with pasta sauce making sure that all the exposed wonton wrappers are covered as much as possible ( else you’ll be left with crusty bits of dried brown dough).
Top off with Mozzarella cheese or a ready made Pizza cheese blend.
Bake in a 350 F oven for ~ 20-25 minutes till the Mozarella cheese on top is bubbly & beginning to brown.
Remove from oven & serve warm with a salad & toasted Garlic bread.
As they say in Italian ‘Mangia’! Bon appetit!