Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata

Thursday, 4 January 2018
Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata, a twist on the Italian favourite. The perfect midweek meal using eggs, ham and pasta (plus any other fridge leftovers). Wonderfully filling and works really well served cold for picnics or packed lunches. 



Did you know that 4th January is Spaghetti Day? Nope, neither did I. That was until I bought a Christmas Pressie for myself (aren't they the best kind?!) of a National Days Poster from mylegoman.com  This fab hand drawn A2 poster provides a charming pictorial guide to 2018 with a calendar of national food/drink days, some of the big national events and a few of the large sporting events of the year. Yesterday was Chocolate Covered Cherry Day and tomorrow is National Sausage Day but for now I'm taking the opportunity to update and re-share a recipe for Spaghetti Day. 


I first published the recipe below in March 2015 but its been a family favourite long before and ever since. A really tasty and wonderfully filling midweek supper dish. Exactly the same ingredients you would find in a traditional Spaghetti Carbonara, it's just the quantity ratios have been juggled. The recipe makes 4-6 portions depending on how hungry you are and if you serve anything alongside. It is however very much worth your while to keep at least one slice back to pop in the fridge. It makes an awesome cold breakfast the next morning, or you could pop it in your packed lunch box or take it on a picnic. The great thing with this recipe is that you can adapt it to suit whatever happens to be lingering in the fridge. I've been known to add peppers, mushrooms, salami and potatoes. You don't even have to use spaghetti, any pasta will do. In the wise words of Nigel Slater "I like it when people use a recipe as a starting point, going off piste and tweaking it until it is right for them. That is when I feel recipes are often at their best, as something to inspire rather than something to be followed word for word, robot style."


Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata

200g spaghetti
125g sliced thick cut ham
6 free range eggs
large handful of wild garlic - chopped (or chives/spring onions)
generous pinch of ground black pepper
100g strong cheese grated 
splash of oil

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water for 12 minutes and drain.
In a large bowl beat the eggs and add a pinch of pepper (no salt required as the ham is salty enough)
To the beaten eggs add chopped wild garlic/chives/spring onions, 75g of the grated cheese, the chopped ham and drained spaghetti and mix thoroughly.
Heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan then add mixture, spread it out and cook over a low heat for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile preheat your grill.
Sprinkle the remaining 25g of cheese over the top and grill for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbling and lightly browned.
Slice, serve and enjoy.


The ham that I used to make my pictured Frittata was actually my Irn Bru Ham whose recipe continues to provide so much interest worldwide, particularly for Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night. We enjoyed it ourselves on Boxing Day last year (still seems strange saying that - hello 2018) and I was delighted to have so many of you sharing your Christmas successes with it on my Facebook page. Super chuffed to have been a small part of some of my readers festive meals. Makes it all worthwhile. Although I'm not sure what's going to happen now that Irn Bru are planning to change the recipe! Alas I don't think I've got quite enough influence to prevent that happening so I suggest you start stockpiling. 



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10 comments

  1. What a brilliant twist on a classic dish!! x

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    1. Thank you! It works really well and pasta much quicker to cook for a frittata than potatoes.

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  2. A carbonara frittata is an amazing idea. I am definitely going to try that.

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    1. Thanks Dannii, its great hot but even better cold. Perfect packed lunch food.

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  3. I love carbonara and I love frittata so must try your combined recipe #TastyTuesdays

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    1. I promise you it is indeed very tasty. A perfect quick fling it together weekday supper.

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  4. Looks wonderful. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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    1. It was. Ideal for a #TastyTuesday or any other day of the week!

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