Cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks Recipe | Pasta Snack with leftover Pasta

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Cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks

Cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks are a delightful and indulgent appetizer that brings together the beloved flavors of Italian cuisine with a fun and finger-friendly twist. These crispy, cheesy pasta sticks are a perfect combination of pasta, cheese, and Italian seasonings, resulting in a tasty and satisfying dish that is sure to be a hit at any gathering or as a snack.

Next, the pasta strands are tightly packed into a baking dish or loaf pan, creating a compact shape. Generous amounts of shredded mozzarella cheese and additional grated Parmesan cheese are layered over the pasta, ensuring a gooey and cheesy filling. It can be served with almond tea or masala tea as evening snack.

 

About cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks

Cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks are a delightful and flavorful appetizer or snack that combines the beloved flavors of Italian cuisine with the irresistible cheesiness of melted mozzarella. These crispy and cheesy treats are a fun twist on traditional pasta dishes and are sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.

To make cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks, long pasta such as spaghetti or linguine is cooked until al dente. The cooked pasta is then tossed in a mixture of beaten eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and sometimes a hint of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat.

The seasoned pasta is then tightly packed into a baking dish or loaf pan, creating a compact and rectangular shape. Generous amounts of shredded mozzarella cheese are layered over the pasta, ensuring a gooey and cheesy filling that will melt to perfection during baking.

The dish is baked in the oven until the cheese is golden and bubbly, and the pasta sticks become crispy on the outside. The result is a wonderful combination of textures—a crunchy exterior with a soft and cheesy interior.

Cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks are typically served hot, cut into individual sticks or slices, and enjoyed as finger food. They are often accompanied by a side of marinara sauce or tomato dip for dipping, adding a tangy and vibrant element to the dish.

These cheesy delights are perfect for parties, game nights, or even as a fun appetizer before a larger Italian meal. Their simplicity and versatility make them a great choice for any occasion.

Whether you’re a fan of Italian cuisine or simply love the irresistible combination of pasta and cheese, Cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks are a crowd-pleasing treat that will satisfy your cravings for both comfort and flavor.

 

These pasta sticks are versatile and can be served as an appetizer with marinara sauce or garlic aioli for dipping, or as a side dish to complement a main meal. They also make for a unique and fun addition to parties, game nights, or gatherings, adding a touch of creativity and excitement to any event. This dish is favourite of kids & elders both.

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Cooking Instructions

         Step 1

  • Boil water with 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp oil in a saucepan. Add Penne pasta and let it cook till the pasta become boiled. Drain off the water and let it cool down completely.                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Step 2

  • Add some mozzarella cheese, bell pepper, tomato and sweet corn. Top it with some mixed Italian seasoning and red chilly flakes.

        Step 3 

  • Place the pasta sticks in the pan.

        Step 4

  • Now roast it for 10-15 mins. Transfer the cooked dish into the plate.
  • Pour some mixed italian seasoning & red chilly flakes.

     

 
This snack will make happy to elders as well as kids. If you make it once, I’ll bet that you will definitely make it twice.
Expert tips

Use pasta with a firm texture: Choose spaghetti or linguine that is al dente, meaning it’s cooked but still slightly firm. This will ensure that the pasta sticks hold their shape and don’t become mushy during baking.

Season the pasta well: Mix the beaten eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper thoroughly before tossing with the cooked pasta. This will evenly distribute the flavors throughout the dish.

Tightly pack the pasta: Press the seasoned pasta firmly into the baking dish or shape it into a compact rectangular form on a baking sheet. This will help the pasta sticks hold together and maintain their shape while baking.

Choose high-quality cheese: Opt for good quality shredded mozzarella cheese that melts well. This will give your pasta sticks a gooey and stretchy cheese layer.

Add a final sprinkle of Parmesan: Before baking, sprinkle some additional grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the mozzarella. This will create a flavorful crust and enhance the cheesy taste.

Keep an eye on the baking time: Check the pasta sticks frequently while baking to prevent them from becoming overly crispy or burnt. The cooking time may vary depending on your oven, so it’s important to monitor them closely.

Let them cool slightly before serving: Allow the pasta sticks to cool for a few minutes after baking. This will help them firm up slightly, making it easier to cut them into sticks or fingers.

Serve with warm marinara sauce: Heat up some marinara sauce and serve it alongside the cheesy pasta sticks for dipping. The tangy tomato sauce pairs perfectly with the cheesy goodness.

Customize the seasoning: Feel free to experiment with the seasoning mixture. You can add dried herbs like basil, oregano, or thyme to give it an extra Italian flair. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.

Double the recipe for a crowd: If you’re serving a larger group, you can easily double the recipe and use a larger baking dish or multiple baking sheets. Just ensure that the pasta sticks are still tightly packed for even cooking.

FAQs

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta for the cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks?

A: While spaghetti or linguine are commonly used for this recipe, you can certainly experiment with other pasta shapes. Just keep in mind that the texture and thickness of the pasta may affect the final result. Choose a pasta shape that will hold up well and allow the cheese to adhere to it.

 

Q: Can I make the cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks ahead of time?

A: Cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven when the cheese is melted and gooey. However, you can prepare the seasoned pasta and assemble the dish in advance. Keep the assembled pasta sticks covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake them. Then, simply bake them right before serving for the best texture and taste.

 

Q: Can I freeze the cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks?

A: While it’s possible to freeze the baked pasta sticks, it’s not recommended as freezing can affect the texture and make them less crispy. However, you can freeze the seasoned pasta mixture before baking. Shape the seasoned pasta into sticks, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. When you’re ready to bake, simply thaw the pasta sticks and bake them according to the recipe instructions.

 

Q: Can I add other ingredients to the cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to customize the recipe and add other ingredients to the seasoned pasta mixture. You can incorporate cooked and chopped vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms for added flavor and texture. Additionally, you can mix in cooked and crumbled Italian sausage, diced pepperoni, or sliced olives to give the pasta sticks a more pizza-like twist.

 

Q: Can I use a different type of cheese instead of mozzarella?

A: Yes, you can experiment with different types of cheese or even use a combination of cheeses to suit your preference. Mozzarella works well due to its melting qualities, but you can try other cheeses like cheddar, provolone, or a blend of Italian cheeses for different flavor profiles.

 

Q: Can I reheat the leftover cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks?

A: Yes, you can reheat the leftover pasta sticks in the oven to restore their crispiness and melt the cheese again. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.

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Cheesy Italian Pasta Sticks Recipe Card

North Indian Kitchen
These pasta sticks are really very much cheesy and tasty. Easy to make this snack in evenings.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4

Equipments

2 Pans

Ingredients

  • 200 gm Penne pasta
  • 50 gm Red Pasta sauce
  • 50 gm grated Mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup green Bell pepper (chopped)
  • ¼ cup Tomato (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Sweet corn
  • 1 teaspoon Italian mixed Herbs
  • 1 teaspoon red Chilli Flakes
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Instructions
 

  • 1. Boil water with 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp oil in a saucepan. Add Penne pasta and let it cook till the pasta become boiled. Drain off the water and let it cool down completely. 
    2. Add some mozzarella cheese, bell pepper, tomato and sweet corn. Top it with some mixed Italian seasoning and red chilly flakes.
    3. Now roast it for 10-15 mins. Transfer the cooked dish into the plate.
    4. Pour some mixed italian seasoning & red chilly flakes.

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Notes

Seasonings: The seasonings are minimal in this dish. You can spice it up by adding a bit more of crushed black pepper. You can also use white pepper or cayenne pepper.
Veggies: My vegetarian recipe of fettuccine alfredo is super simple, but feel free to add your favorite cooked veggies. You can either sauté, steam or roast them. Broccoli, carrots, green peas, sweet corn, mushrooms, bell peppers, baby corn, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach – or any vegetables you like are some delicious options.
Pasta: Traditionally, alfredo sauce is served with fettuccine. But you really can use any pasta you prefer or like. Make this delicious alfredo pasta with penne, pappardelle, macaroni, rigatoni, farfalle, or whatever you’ve got.
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