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Leftover Spaghetti Frittata: A Vegetarian Recipe

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Frittata di spaghetti is a simple and tasty dish if you have some leftover spaghetti to use up. We’ll share an easy vegetarian version of this popular recipe.

A frittata is the Italian version of an omelet/crustless quiche that can be easily customized to your specific tastes. It’s also a great recipe to have on hand to use up any leftovers you have in the fridge. A popular variation is Frittata di Spaghetti: leftover spaghetti in a cheese and egg mixture and pan-fried. 

This is a great dish if you’re looking to use up leftover spaghetti. But of course, if you have a hankering for frittata, you don’t have to wait until you have leftover spaghetti on hand; freshly cooked pasta works just as well. While the traditional recipe often includes diced ham, we’ve put together a vegetarian version. When shopping for ingredients, remember to purchase organic products whenever possible, especially when it comes to eggs and dairy.

This omelet typically contains parmesan cheese, but parmesan is not vegetarian. You can use another type of hard cheese, or make your own vegan Parmesan cheese. Use an egg substitute to make this dish vegan-friendly.

Leftover Spaghetti Frittata Recipe 

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You can make this recipe using both fresh and leftover spaghetti! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - Jan Vasek )

The following recipe will yield two large frittatas; feel free to adjust accordingly.


  • 2 cups cooked spaghetti (or 250g uncooked spaghetti)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup grated hard cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nutmeg
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil


  1. If you’re not using leftover spaghetti, cook your pasta until it is al dente, then drain well in a colander. Skip this step if you’re using leftover spaghetti from the day before. 
  2. Beat the eggs and mix them with the grated cheese in a large bowl. Season the egg mixture with salt, pepper, and a little nutmeg.
  3. Add the spaghetti to the egg and cheese mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and add half of the spaghetti mixture. Be sure to add enough of the egg and cheese mixture to the pan along with the spaghetti.
  5. Flatten the pasta mixture with a spatula, and fry for at least five minutes over medium heat.
  6. Turn the frittata over with the help of a plate once the underside is browned and crispy. Fry the other side for about five minutes, until it is browned and the egg mixture is evenly cooked.
  7. Remove the spaghetti frittata from the pan, and continue preparing your second.

Unlimited Options for Leftovers

You can change and customize this basic recipe for leftover spaghetti to your own tastes. For example, add herbs from your garden like chives and parsley, or use typical Italian herbs such as basil, thyme, and rosemary. For an extra boost of flavor, consider adding some homemade pesto.

Leftover vegetables also work well and add additional flavor. Use vegetables such as onions and garlic, olives, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, or carrots. You can essentially use any vegetable you have on hand, which will help enhance the flavor while avoiding food waste.

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Frittata di Spaghetti: Einfaches Rezept zur Resteverwertung

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