Pasta Frittata is a very economical and quick recipe, since leftover pasta with tomato sauce can be used. If there are no leftovers, make a delicious “white” pasta frittata, like in this recipe, by cooking the pasta and mixing it with butter and Parmesan cheese before adding the eggs. Pasta frittata is best made with spaghetti, as they tend to stick together with the eggs more than other pasta.
Instructions and Ingredients (serves 4):
- 3/4 pound/350 grams of spaghetti
- salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons/40 grams of butter, melted
- 3 ounces/40 grams of grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil or parsley
- In a large pot, bring enough water to boil, add 1 full tablespoon of salt and stir; add the spaghetti and cook according to the package directions.
- Drain well, mix with the melted butter and half of the Parmesan cheese. Let cool off for a few minutes, stirring from time to time to prevent the spaghetti to stick together.
- Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a little pinch of salt and pepper, the rest of the Parmesan cheese and the chopped herbs. When the spaghetti are at room temperature, add to the egg mix and stir gently to coat the pasta evenly.
- In a large no-stick pan, heat up 2 of the 3 tablespoons of oil, add the spaghetti and egg mixture and spread evenly in the pan. Bring the heat to low, so that frittata can brown slowly, giving time to the egg to cook through. Cover with a lid and let cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until the frittata is golden brown at the bottom and can be shaken around in the pan without sticking.
- At this point, you may transfer the pan to the broiler for a few minutes (make sure the handle can take the heat) in order to brown the top of the frittata, or do what the Italians do and turn it upside down, by doing as follow:
- Place a flat large dish (or another pan, same size or larger) over the pan and turn the dish and pan over at the same time; the frittata is now upside down in the dish. Add the remaining oil to the pan and slide the frittata back into it.
- Brown the other side of the frittata, then remove it from the heat and let cool a bit before serving. It will be even tastier when just warm.
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