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How to Make Leftover Pasta Frittata

Got Leftover Spaghetti? Try This!

Leftover pasta is one of the world's least appetizing leftovers. It never tastes as good the next day, and it's hard to transform it into a delicious new dish. However, one creative and tasty way to make use of it is to put it in a frittata! Although it may sound gross — I was a skeptic at first — leftover spaghetti is an excellent filling for frittata. When cooked with eggs, the pasta simply tastes starchy and similar to potatoes. Read on to learn how to make a leftover pasta frittata.

  1. Start by taking the pasta out of the fridge. Depending on how much pasta you have left over, beat up some eggs. I used two eggs because I only had a little bit of spaghetti with tomatoes, basil, and pecorino left over.
  2. Season the eggs with salt and pepper. Feel free to bulk up the frittata with more vegetables, herbs, or seasonings. I added chopped fresh basil to the eggs.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add some oil or butter.
  4. When the skillet is hot, pour in the eggs. Dump in the pasta and make sure it is distributed evenly.
  5. Cook as you would a normal frittata, flipping once or finishing in the oven. Enjoy immediately.

Have you ever put spaghetti in a frittata? What do you make with leftover pasta?

Cover image photo: Susannah Chen
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starbreiz starbreiz 5 years
P.S. As kids, we called this Eggsketti :)
starbreiz starbreiz 5 years
My mom used to make something similar when we were kids, but it wouldn't be all lumped together, She'd stir it in the egg so it would get little eggy pieces on the spaghetti strands. Soooo tasty.
xxstardust xxstardust 5 years
You can sub some milk out for the egg, too, if for whatever reason you don't have/can't have eggs .. it'll brown/hold together okay thought it may take a little longer on each side.
xxstardust xxstardust 5 years
We ate something very similar growing up, which my mom always referred to as spaghetti pie. There were eggs involved, but not many. Just enough beaten egg to be a binder, it definitely wasn't eggy/a frittata, leftover spaghetti and sauce all mixed together, and some butter and olive oil. Heat the butter, smoosh the pasta/sauce/egg mixture into a pancake, and fry until cripsy on both sides. Probably one of my favorite leftover meals as a kid and even more delicious cold!
amber512 amber512 5 years
I hate leftover pasta, it soaks up the sauce and takes on a weird texture. I'll have to try this sometime with gluten-free pasta and see if it works!
ladydaytrippin ladydaytrippin 5 years
Although you dish sounds interesting, I believe left over spaghetti is wonderful. The seasonings seem to meld perfectly together the next day.
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