I LOVE the Italian Nachos at Johnny Carino's. This is a recipe I am working on to get my fix at home.
- 12 wonton wrappers
- 1 egg white, frothed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano or 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning mix
- 1⁄2 lb Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
- 1 (10 ounce) containerrefrigerated four cheese pasta sauce or 1 (10 ounce) container alfredo sauce
- 1⁄2 cup chopped tomato
- 1⁄4 cup sliced green onion
- 1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced ripe olives
- 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeno peppers (more to taste) or 2 tablespoons banana peppers, chopped
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Cut wontons into 4 triangles each and toss lightly in olive oil.
- Cover a cookie sheet with a single layer of wontons. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with oregano or Italian seasoning.
- Bake at 400ºF for 6 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, heat the sauce, brown the Italian sausage and drain fat.
- On a platter layer the pasta chips, sausage, and sauce. Top with the tomato, onions, olives and peppers. Finish with shredded cheese and red pepper flakes.
- Place in warm oven for 5 minutes to melt cheese and serve.
Wow! I fried the wontons just because I was Leary of baking them. Now that I know these are "spot on" per DH I will try baking next time. Delicious and sure to save on our weekly trip to Carinos just for my fix. Just think! We can explore new restaurants in town. Woohoo!
Love this recipe. I made it for our Super Bowl snack and used Olive Garden Garlic Alfredo Sauce for the sauce. I did bake the wontons and turned out they needed to be baked longer but just a minute, two was too much on the first batch.
We have never had Italian Nachos before, so we can't compare them to any restaurant. But, everyone in our family really enjoyed them. I did make a few slight changes. We have both vegetarians and meat eaters in our house. So for the Italian sausage I used a vegetarian version of it that we all like. I used the Italian seasoning option and left off the optional pepper flakes. I also used a light Alfredo sauce. I would suggest that you keep an eye on the wonton wrappers while they are cooking, luckily I checked on mine. They were perfectly browned at 4 1/2 minutes. These made a yummy, quick and easy meal.