Spaghetti Frittata

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 8, 2011

Do you ever end up with just a couple handfuls of spaghetti noodles?!  And you don’t know what to do with them?!

Several weeks ago the boys had MRIs.  It happens every year.  This year, they asked if I thought Ryan could do the MRI without sedation.  He would have the chance to watch a movie through the “magic googles” and would get to wear heavy headphones to both hear the movie and block out the noise of the MRI.

He agreed that he’d give it a try.  So I went with him into the MRI room, got him all set up with his magic goggles and headphones.  Then the tech said to me, “Feel free to have a seat or stand here and watch.”

Huh?

“You mean I can stay in here.”

“Sure. Here are some earplugs.”

“OK thanks…I guess I’ll stand here with him.” (Even though he couldn’t see, feel or hear me.)

So I stood there next to the table, at Ryan’s feet for about 20 minutes, just watching him do his best to keep still. Then I got tired of standing there. I knew the MRI would last at least another 25-30 minutes, so I went over to some chairs near the table.  And next to the chair were some magazines.

I figured out quickly that I needed to distract myself and picked up a few to look through. And one of them had a recipe for Spaghetti Frittata.

Seriously?! Does that really work?!, I thought.

I’m here to testify today that it indeed works!

I didn’t write down the recipe. And I can’t remember which magazine it was. I blame the hammering sounds from the MRI machine for killing my short term memory that day.

So here’s my best attempt…

Saute some garlic and chopped red onions in some liquid gold.

That’d be olive oil.

Sweat them out. With a little salt and pepper.

Add the “as best as you can drain them, drain them” diced tomatoes.

When you drain them, drain them over the leftover noodles.

Top with a couple handfuls of fresh spinach.

A 10 oz. box of frozen spinach will work too. Cooked and drained.

Let the spinach melt.

Add some leftover noodles.  I didn’t measure…couple pasta server-fulls.

Or that much.

Stir it all in.

Mix up the egg mixture.

Pour over the top of the noodles, spinach and tomatoes.

Let cook for a few minutes, or until the eggs along the edge of the skillet begin to set.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until eggs have cooked through in the middle.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Slice.

Serve.

With some fresh fruit and/or bread.

I plan to make this again this summer…using fresh basil and rosemary from the garden!

Then it will be bursting with flavor!

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Spaghetti Frittata

Adapted from Some Magazine in the MRI Room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital! :)

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped ($.30)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.05)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, well drained ($.16)
  • About 2 cups fresh spinach leaves ($1)
  • Leftover spaghetti noodles ($.15)
  • 8 eggs ($.80)
  • 1/4 cup milk ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan, for topping ($.10)
  • Side of fresh fruit and/or bread ($1)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Add the olive oil to a 10 or 12″ ovenproof skillet. Saute the red onion and garlic cloves for 2-3 minutes.  Season with a little salt and pepper. (If using fresh chopped herbs, add those here.) Add the diced tomatoes, and spinach.  Cook until the spinach melts into the sauce.
  • Add the leftover spaghetti noodles and combine.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and some salt and pepper.
  • Pour the egg mixture over top of the spaghetti noodles and sauce.  Cook on the stovetop for about 3-5 more minutes, or until the eggs on the edge begin to set.
  • Place in the oven and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until the eggs have set in the middle. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese just before slicing.
  • Slice and serve warm with fresh fruit and/or bread.

Cost $3.71

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela April 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I love it! We love frittatas in our house, and it seems like we always have an odd bit of pasta leftover, so I need to try this. I agree that it will be a great summer supper when tomatoes are in season!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Any kind of leftover pasta will do! And yes…with garden tomatoes…perfection!

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Lynn April 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

We love pasta frittatas. I have been making them for years, in fact I think we like them better with pasta in them. Your recipe looks great.

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Stefanie April 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Oh, my gosh that looks good! I’ll definitely be making it soon!

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Kim April 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

So how many servings does this make?

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Grace April 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm

This looks so colorful and so simple to make. I’ve always got leftover noodles each week, so this recipe will be a good one for me.

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Annette April 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

I made this last night for dinner, OMG this is fantastic! I added sliced mushrooms because we love everything with mushrooms. My hubby loved it, my son not quite so much but he doesn’t appreciate tomatoes a lot! Will definitely make this again & again!

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Charlene May 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Just made this OMG so good and easy!!!! Next time I’ll add a little left over mest sauce! But it’s good the way it is.. Thank You!

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Caelii December 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Good to find an expert who knows what he’s tkialng about!

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Robin G June 24, 2011 at 2:31 am

Made this tonight! Came out delicious!! Thanks for a great recipe!

I wrote about it on my blog, if you’d like to check it out…feel free!
http://flyingfarandfree.blogspot.com/

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