Mini Rotelle Pasta Muffins

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Did you guys read my story about Pasta? Since that day, I just haven’t been able to stop eating Pasta. I have tried it already in Soup, Sandwich and now in Pasta Muffins! What can I say!! I am an Indian who is madly in love with Italian food and sometimes, I secretly wish that I was an Italian … hush hush!!! The Italian language is super sexy and the way they move their hands when they talk. I especially love the fact that cheese and wine are the major part of their every day meal. Well, it’s not like we Indians can’t do that. I am sure there are Italians who are secretly wish that they were Indians and they could have such variety of culture and cuisines with different spices in their everyday meal.

OK, enough of admiring the grass on the other side that always looks a lot greener. Let’s get down to business, I mean food 🙂 As usual, I was watching Giada’s show on Food Network few days back and she was cooking for her kids. In fact, she was basically cooking with them like a training class. She prepared a lot of kid’s food, shakes and cookies. One dish that caught my attention was Mac and Cheese muffins. Can you believe this? How creative was that! I immediately knew that I had to make them sometime soon.

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Every week I participate in Presto Pasta Night and this week, the event is host by Ruth. She also the original host of the event. Initially, I was thinking of making a pasta with some chicken in Indian style and add a lot of spices. Then, I changed my mind and decided to make the pasta muffins. They came out perfectly cooked. They tasted awesome and they looked awesome. Yes, Giada made those for kids, but I gave my own twist to it and made it for big kids.. us 😉

If you want to refer to Giada’s recipe, click here. The measurement I used will make approximately 15 pasta muffins. And, I would suggest to use cupcake papers as it would be easy to pull them out. I didn’t use it this time, but felt the need for it.

Mini Rotelle Pasta Muffins 2

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Mini Rotelle Pasta Muffins


  • 2 cups mini Rotelle Wheel Pasta
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs all purpose flour
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • couple handful of baby spinach
  • 4 to 5 shiitake mushroom, finely chopped
  • 7 to 8 asparagus, cut into tiny pieces
  • 2 cups grated cheese, I used Mozzarella
  • 1 tsp chilly power
  • 1 tsp dry oregeno
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • oil


  1. In a pan, heat some oil and add garlic cloves. Please note that the garlic should not be chopped. We just want to induce the flavor of garlic in the oil. So, after two minutes, remove the garlic cloves from the oil.
  2. Add mushroom and spinach to the pan and saute for a while. Then, add the tomatoes. Once it's cooked, keep it aside.
  3. Boil the pasta with some salt.
  4. In the same pan, heat butter and then, add the chilly powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
  5. Next, add the flour to the pan and keep stirring to make sure that the flour does not get burnt.
  6. Add 1 cup cheese and milk in the pan and mix them properly.
  7. Now, add the cooked mushroom and spinach, which was kept aside, and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  8. Add the boiled pasta to it and if required, add little pasta water.
  9. Blanch the asparagus, which means boil it for sometime, until it's crispy. Strain them from hot water and drop them in a bowl with ice water.
  10. Pre heat the oven to 375 F.
  11. Grease the muffin pans with some oil and dust them with bread crumbs.
  12. Using a spoon, fill the muffin molds with the mixture and add some cheese over it. Then, add asparagus on the top of it and finally, cover them with bread crumbs.
  13. Drizzle some oil and bake it for 18 to 20 minutes.
  14. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Then, remove them very carefully from the mold.
  15. Serve it hot and enjoy every bite 🙂

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Sharing this dish with Friday Potluck by Erin and Show Me Your Muffin by Divya.

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  • Karishma
    March 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    I am so glad you left a comment on my blog-glad because now I’ve come across your blog and I just love it! It’s so professional-looking, your pictures are droolworthy and I love your writeups before the recipe! I’ve never heard of this recipe before, mac n cheese muffins, must give it a try! As for your trying out sardines, as mentioned in your comment, you’re right,I can’t believe you’re a Bengali and haven’t tasted sardines 🙂 but I guess, although we Keralites and Bengalis have a lot in common, the kind of fish we eat differs according to the availability! Anyway, I do hope you’ll be able to convince your husband to try fish the “unfilleted” way one day 🙂

    By the way, I noticed two things in your blog-one, your Julia Child quote…I just love her and loved the movie too -The Julie/Julia Project AND I too have this obsession with Italy…when I was a kid I used to fantasise about marrying an Italian and settling down in our own lil’ Italian island, eating pasta and pizza and sundried tomatoes and whatnot….was in fact thinking of mentioning that in an upcoming meme that I’ve been tagged with! No kidding!

    Apologize if I’ve taken up too much space..yeah, I talk a lot too :-D.

    nice “meeting” you and TC! See you around! Adding you to my blogroll!

  • aipi
    March 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    I totally love some of the recipes of Giada as well and this is definitely one of them. You have done it total justice n your fab pictures present it very well !

    US Masala

  • tahemeem
    March 3, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Its a pure coincidence that i saw the same recipe and i was planning to do the same kind of pasta muffin but with mini farfalle.. no kidding.. but i know mine will not looks as delicious as yours… they looks mouthwatering and beautiful… absolutely beautiful 😀 By the way i secretly wish i was italian and i dont have to feel guilty of eating cheese 😀

  • Erin @ EKat's Kitchen
    Erin @ EKat's Kitchen
    March 3, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    OhEmGee…….. you had me at pasta… and again at cupcake… and again with your GORGEOUS pictures! I am a pasta head also… in every way, shape and form, and have been told that I may become pasta soon, if I eat any more!

    I too love Giada. What does all this mean? You and I must be somehow secretly related.

    I’m really glad you brought this to Friday Potluck!

  • Priyanka
    March 3, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Awesome sis…..yesterday night even I tried a dish with pasta….will share with u soon. 🙂

  • Priya
    March 4, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Omg, those muffins looks absolutely gorgeous,beautiful and fabulous…they are soo cute..

  • yummychunklet
    March 4, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    Cute pasta muffins! Very creative!

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    March 4, 2011 at 5:37 AM

    lovely- giada’s recipes are magic and urs look very well done kankana- loved the read thoroughly !

  • Krithi
    March 4, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    Lovely Pasta muffins and the clicks are just mind-blowing…
    You have done a great deal of justice to Giada..

  • krista
    March 4, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    THIS IS MINDBLOWING. Pasta in a muffin? What a great idea!! I can never get enough of the pasta, this is such a creative way to to incorporate an everyday-ingredient into a really unique dish.

    So cool!

  • Raji
    March 4, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Pasta muffins..sounds too good..your are rocking kankana with ur pasta recipes…now I am doubting..are u an Indian or an Italian?

  • The Food Hunter
    The Food Hunter
    March 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Very cute…great idea.

  • Sandra
    March 4, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Are you serious right now???? I can’t believe that you made this! you are genius woman!! Love it from the beginning to the end!!!

  • Kate @
    Kate @
    March 4, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Oh wow, that’s brilliant! And they looks so pretty! Great job!!!

  • Martha (MM)
    Martha (MM)
    March 5, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    These are amazing! In fact everything you post is pretty amazing! 🙂
    I will be trying these soon!

  • Claudia
    March 5, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    At first I thought, “What??!” But, glad I checked it out, as this looks really awesome. Something I will love as much as my grandkids.

  • Heather @girlichef
    Heather @girlichef
    March 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    What a fun idea! I bet the kiddos would go crazy over this one. Plus, so many great ingredients, sounds delicious 😀

  • Tiffany
    March 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    This is the BEST idea I’ve seen all week! Super cool!

  • Domo!
    March 5, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Hi Found you on Ekat’s Friday Potluck. That is sooo weird, but interesting! I love it!! haha.. I’m gonna go try it out 😀

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    March 6, 2011 at 6:59 AM

    What a great looking muffin! You’ve used all the healthy ingredients in them and the best part it is egg free…

  • Rosa
    March 6, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Those look delicious! A wonderful spring creation.



  • Suzi
    March 7, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Ahh, those look scrumptious. All my favorite foods included. Those will be on the menu this week. Thanks!!

  • Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    March 8, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    Oh my goodness, what an absolutely brilliant idea…pasta and me happen to be best friends, so I have to try this asap! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • Renee
    March 11, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    These are so friggin’ brilliant! I’m dying to eat one. LOVE your photos, by the way 🙂

  • Vaishali
    April 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Kankana…Thanks for dropping in on my site, leaving lovely comment on “Dahi Bhalla”..If not for your comment, I wouldn’t have found out your amazing blog. I just scrolled thru your blog, loved the beautiful page u have created, lovely recipes and awesome pics! Just “Liked” u on facebook 🙂

    Take care!

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