Pasta Frittata: the effortless, tasty main dish recipe to use up leftover pasta

Total time: 40 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist

Ever wondered what to do with leftover pasta like spaghetti? This pasta frittata is so delicious, that you’ll want to make sure you make extra pasta so you have enough leftovers to use for this recipe. It’s a great way to turn last night’s spaghetti into today’s breakfast. It’s a super popular dish in the South of Italy (especially in Naples) and once you make it on the stovetop, you’ll see why.

It’s crispy on the outside, but soft and chewy in the center with gooey melting cheese. It’s easy to customize with whatever you have on hand—any leftover vegetables or meat will do. The bits of pasta that stick out in the oven become so crispy, that you will love the texture. And you can serve leftover pasta frittata hot or cold too.

Tips For Making Leftover Pasta Frittata

To make the filling vegan, blend 14 oz firm tofu, 1 tbsp corn starch, and 1 tbsp nutritional yeast in a blender and use as the “egg” filling. Leave out the cheese, or use a vegan variety.

Don’t be tempted to use too many eggs, otherwise, the pasta frittata will come out rubbery.

If you’re using saucy leftover spaghetti, you need to prepare it first. If you have sauced spaghetti, transfer it to a large pan over medium-high heat and warm it up. Allow the moisture to evaporate before continuing with the recipe.

Pasta Frittata Variations

Use any pasta you have available, angel hair pasta will also work great for this recipe.

You can use a saucy pasta such as a tomato-based or pesto one.

Meat variations. You can add any cooked meat to the pasta. Ground beef, turkey, lamb, smoked chicken breast, cooked bacon, ham, smoked salmon, or tuna will all work.

Cheese variations. Use any type of cheese: cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, feta cheese, goat’s cheese, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, or gruyere.

Vegetables. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover vegetables you have in your fridge. Try any of the following chopped vegetables: wilted spinach, steamed broccoli, roasted red peppers, sweetcorn, cubed carrots, caramelized onion, etc.

You can also bake the pasta in the oven. Add the egg mixture to the pasta and bake for 25-30 minutes at 375°F.

How To Store Spaghetti Frittata

The Spaghetti Frittata is best served fresh out of the oven, but leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container.

500 g
Parmesan cheese
50 g (1/2 cup)
20 g
Extra virgin olive oil
100 g

How To Make Pasta Frittata

Cook the spaghetti in salted water.

Meanwhile, add the eggs in a bowl.

Stir in the parmesan cheese.

Season with pepper and mix all together.

Once the pasta is cooked al dente, drain and place spaghetti in a large bowl.

Season the pasta with butter and mix.

Pour over the egg mixture.

Mix all together until is well combined.

Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and spread half of the spaghetti mixture into it.

Add the cheese on top.

Cover with the other half of the spaghetti mixture.

Cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes. As soon as the mixture starts to set and a golden crust forms on top, turn the omelette with the help of a plate.

Continue to cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

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