Any frittata is a great idea for a quick, inexpensive, last minute breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe. I often make one when I don't really want to cook, but don't want to go out to eat either. But this recipe for Carbonara Frittata uses up leftovers too!
Whenever I make Spaghetti Carbonara, I always have some left over. I usually reheat it in the microwave for lunch the next day. But this time I thought - why not add it to a frittata? I also wanted to make a baked frittata for as little work as possible. That also means you can use no butter or oil in the recipe at all. What a hit!
Frittatas are like sturdy omelets. They are much easier to make than omelets, and I think have better texture. They can stand for a few minutes after they come out of the oven and they won't suffer for the standing time. You can make them with eggs, cream, and everything from cooked sausage to leftover grilled steak to chicken or pasta or roasted potatoes or roasted vegetables. Most frittatas are cooked on the stovetop then finished under the broiler. But baking a frittata means you get to skip a step.
If you don't have leftover Spaghetti Carbonara but want to make this recipe anyway, cook about 4 ounces of spaghetti until al dente. Meanwhile, mix 2 eggs with 3 tablespoons cream and 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. Add the hot pasta and toss to coat (this cooks the eggs and makes a sauce that sticks to the pasta), then add 2 strips cooked and crumbled bacon. Use that in place of the leftovers in this easy recipe.
All you need to serve with this wonderful recipe is some fresh fruit (peeled clementines are a nice fresh and sweet contrast), some orange juice, and milk or coffee.
- 10 eggs
- 1/2 cup light cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups leftover Spaghetti Carbonara
- 1-1/2 cups grated Swiss, Monterey Jack, or Havarti cheese
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 12" square casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In large bowl, beat eggs with cream, salt, and pepper until foamy.
Place the leftover Spaghetti Carbonara in the prepared dish. Top with the Swiss cheese and then pour the egg mixture over all. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the frittata is puffed and light golden brown on top.
Cut into squares and serve immediately.