Leftover Spaghetti Pasta Frittata
“Waste not, want not” with this oh-so-satisfying, “put whatever you’ve got on hand into it” Leftover Spaghetti Pasta Frittata!!
I’ve been boning up on my Italian cooking in preparation for my trip to Tuscany in October. We’re renting a villa with 6 other couples and I’ll be cooking at least one of the nights we are there – woo hoo!!! Not sure exactly what I’ll be cooking or what the kitchen “accutrements” will be, but, it’s good to have options, right??
And doing this kind of “research” isn’t really a hardship!
So I’ve been poring through my copies of Marcella Hazan’s Esseentials of Classic Italian Cooking and Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine and have come up with a list of dishes that might make the cut depending upon what the markets have. In reading through these cookbooks, I’ve realized how well the Italians make use of every ingredient – they truly are masters of using every bit of food and not wasting anything – something I know I could definitely do better at!
In my case, that would be pasta.
I don’t know if it’s my innate fear of not having enough to feed people or what, but I ALWAYS cook more pasta than I really need. And I always feel a little guilty just throwing it out, but what do you do with leftover pasta that isn’t enough for another meal? Make this Leftover Spaghetti Pasta Frittata. Duh.
It’s one of those “oh so handy recipes ” that lends itself to lots of all kinds of interpretations. For this one, I cooked up a little bacon that I had, a red bell pepper that needed to be used and some green onions hanging around that were also destined for the trash heap if I didn’t do something quick!
Paired with a simple green salad, this made an easy dinner… and breakfast the next morning for the youngest… as well as a post workout snack. Nothing wasted.
Not. One. Piece.
Yay! for me!!!
Now, although I’ve said you can put pretty much anything in this Leftover Spaghetti Pasta Frittata here are some tips for making the best frittata!
Tips for Making a Leftover Spaghetti Pasta Frittata
- As for type of pasta, dried works the best!
- As for type, spaghetti is ideal because of the bond it forms with the eggs.
- The frittata works with plain or sauced spaghetti.
- A good non stick oven safe skillet is essential!