Pasta Frittata

A Pasta Frittata merges leftover spaghetti with eggs, cheese, and herbs to make a comforting dish for either breakfast or dinner!

Pasta Frittata in a cast iron skillet on a wood cutting board.

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I'm one of those gals that always cook way too much food.  I grew up in a family of six, so when I learned to cook, the recipes I prepared were geared toward a larger family.

You could look at this one of two ways. 1) Poor planning: Why cook all that extra food when there are not enough people to eat it? 2) All that extra food would be amazing as leftovers!

I like to look at this scenario with the #2 mindset.

Which is where this leftover Pasta Frittata comes in. Even if I prepare way too much pasta, I can be sure none of the leftovers will go to waste.

With this recipe, you'll be looking forward to enjoying the leftover pasta even more than you did the first time you had it! So, the next time you're making pasta for dinner, make a little extra and turn the leftovers into this gorgeous frittata. You won't be disappointed.

And for those of you that are thinking pasta and eggs are a no-go, think again.  I wouldn't steer you wrong.

A slice of Pasta Frittata on a green plate with grapes next to it.

What You Need to Make a Pasta Frittata

You can make a leftover pasta frittata with just a few simple ingredients:
  • eggs
  • mozzarella cheese
  • fresh tomatoes
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • leftover cooked pasta

How To Make a Pasta Frittata

Making a pasta frittata is easy! First, beat your eggs. Then, add cheese, veggies, and herbs. Cook your frittata on the stovetop just a bit, then, finally, bake your frittata in an oven-safe skillet until set. See below for a detailed ingredient list and instructions.

What Kind of Pasta to Use in a Pasta Frittata

Good news! You can use any variety of leftover pasta you have on hand. Try it with:
  • spaghetti
  • penne
  • elbow macaroni
  • bowties
  • or any other kind you have!

Are Frittatas Healthy?

A frittata is a great egg-based high protein meal option. Give your frittata an extra boost of vitamins and nutrients by adding extra veggies to your frittata!

What is the Difference Between an Omelet and a Frittata?

Omelets and frittatas are very similar. Both are made from eggs and often vegetables and cheese, but the method of preparation is different.
  • A frittata is prepared with vegetables and cheese mixed into the eggs. A frittata starts cooking in a pan and is finished in the oven.
  • An omelet is prepared with the vegetables and cheese folded into the eggs. An omelet is cooked entirely on a stovetop.

Pasta Frittata Variations

What's fabulous about frittatas is that they can be customized to suit your tastes and what add-ins you have on hand. While this recipe features leftover pasta and caprese-style mix-ins, there are an endless amount of ways you can customize your frittata!
  • Try a cheesesteak-style frittata with shaved steak, mushrooms, and American cheese
  • Add sausage, peppers, and onions for an Italian twist
  • For a lighter option, try adding spinach and feta cheese to your frittata
  • Try a bacon and cheddar frittata by mixing in sharp cheddar cheese and lots of crispy crumbled bacon

What to Serve with a Pasta Frittata

A frittata can be served on its own but also pairs well with breakfast foods like fried potatoes, corned beef hash, or fresh fruit. As a dinner option, try pairing your frittata with a side salad or some roasted vegetables. This Roasted Asparagus would be amazing served alongside a frittata!

Can Frittatas Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze leftover frittata. Freeze in individual portions and it will be quicker to reheat. Freeze for up to three months. Reheat frozen frittata pieces in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or for 3 minutes in the microwave.

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If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

Pasta Frittata

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 MINUTES
cook time: 20 MINUTES
total time: 25 MINUTES
A Pasta Frittata merges leftover spaghetti with eggs, cheese, and herbs to make a comforting dish for either breakfast or dinner!


7 eggs
3 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup of leftover cooked pasta


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Stir in the mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and parmesan.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the pasta to the pan and cook for several minutes until heated through.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook it until the edges start to firm up, about 7 or 8 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to move the eggs inwards and let the liquid spread around the skillet. Continue cooking until the eggs are almost set, but the eggs are still a little runny in the center, about 4 more minutes.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.


If you have leftover tomato sauce, heat it in the skillet with your pasta and add it to the frittata. Delicious!

Author: Adapted from a recipe in Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine.

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1 comment

  1. This looks really good! I have the same problem of cooking too much and being the only one who is willing to eat the leftovers. Pinterest led me to you! Thanks for posting. :)