Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
An ideal lunch snack or light dinner from leftovers that can be prepared in advance. The recipe is very versatile and can easily be adapted to what you have on hand and how much leftover pasta there is, but I like it best with marinara sauce. - The amounts given work well only for spaghetti or other long pasta that can be packed tightly. Short pasta needs more egg mixture and the wedges won't hold together too well.
For the Frittata
- 3 cups cooked spaghetti (from 3 oz dry pasta)
- 3⁄4 cup spaghetti sauce
- 2 -3 eggs
- 1⁄4 cup fresh basil, slightly packed
- 1 -4 tablespoon parmesan cheese, freshly grated, to taste
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil or 1 teaspoon butter
- 1⁄4 cup frozen peas
- 1⁄4 cup bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon chili pepper, minced
- NOTE: I usually use leftover pasta and mix it up with its sauce the night before and put it in the fridge. - If you double the recipe, use a 9 inch round form and cook about 10 - 15 minutes longer, reduce heat then to 375°F.
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Grease a 7 inch pie form or other small ovenproof dish with the olive oil or butter.
- Mince basil. With a sharp knife cut crosswise through pasta 2 or 3 times, it will mix easier with sauce and eggs this way.
- If you hadn't done so previously, mix pasta with their sauce.
- In a bowl mix 2 eggs, salt, pepper, basil and parmesan. Add pasta and mix thoroughly just to coat. The pasta should not "swim" in eggs.
- If you feel there is not enough egg, beat up the third egg seperatly and mix under pasta, too.
- Mix in any colorful additon that might go well with the flavors of your pasta, such as peas, peppers, chilies etc., but not more than 1/2 cup.
- Fill pasta mixture in pie form, level surface and bake in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes, until center is set and pasta looks golden.
- If frittata is too light in color put under the grill for a few seconds.
- Cut into wedges and serve hot, warm or at room temperature.