Try this delicious and inventive spaghetti and meatball frittata recipe as a fun way to use up leftover pasta. I was a bit skeptical at first when I set out to make this recipe, but when I tasted the first slice I was hooked!
Think of it as an eggy meatball pizza. The spaghetti helps bring all the flavors of the tomato sauce, meatballs, and cheese together.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Creative Leftover Makeover: This spaghetti and meatball frittata is a clever way to use up your leftover spaghetti and meatballs. Transform last night’s dinner into a unique, filling breakfast or brunch item that will leave everyone asking for seconds.
- Meal Prep Friendly: This recipe not only makes for a delicious meal, but it’s also perfect for meal prep. Cook it once, and you have a ready-to-go breakfast or lunch for the week.
- Versatile and Customizable: The spaghetti and meatball frittata recipe is extremely versatile and allows for numerous customizations. Whether you want to toss in additional vegetables, switch up the cheese, or even change the type of pasta, this recipe can adapt to suit your taste buds or dietary needs. It’s a wonderful base recipe to experiment with and make your own.
Here’s what you need to make this delicious spaghetti frittata:
Basil: Fresh basil adds a lovely aroma and flavor to the dish. If fresh isn’t available, you can substitute with dried basil, but remember dried herbs are more concentrated, so use about a third of the amount.
Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella is used in this recipe for its perfect melting quality and mild flavor. You can experiment with other types of cheese for a different flavor profile.
Tomato Sauce: If your leftover tomato sauce has turned a bit bitter, rejuvenate it with some fresh basil or a splash of lemon juice. Alternatively, you could use store-bought marinara or pizza sauce.
How To Make a Spaghetti & Meatball Frittata
Whisk your eggs: Preheat oven to 350˚F. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add your eggs, milk, dried oregano, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Whisk until thoroughly combined. This will be the base of your frittata.
Add your spaghetti: Combine spaghetti (cooked al dente) and mozzarella cheese with the egg mixture. Fold in the ingredients with a spatula so the spaghetti and cheese are evenly dispersed.
Cook your frittata: Heat a large ovenproof nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Add vegetable oil, followed by the frittata base, and cook for 3-5 minutes until a skin forms.
Add toppings and bake: Add tomato sauce and meatballs followed by any remaining mozzarella cheese. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until crispy and solid in the center and the cheese is golden brown.
Garnish and serve: Once ready, carefully remove from the oven and garnish with fresh basil. Cut slices and use a silicone spatula to serve a slice on a large plate.
- Balancing Moisture: If your leftover spaghetti and meatballs are a bit dry, adding a few tablespoons of water before microwaving can help rehydrate them.
- Checking Doneness: To ensure the frittata is fully cooked, insert a knife into the center. If it comes out clean, the frittata is ready.
- Even Cooking: Distribute the spaghetti and cheese evenly in the egg mixture to ensure each bite of the frittata has a balanced taste.
Storage & Reheating
Left the frittata cool to room temperature, then store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. To reheat, warm the frittata in a microwave for about a minute or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat it in a preheated oven at 350˚F for about 10-15 minutes.
Additions & Substitutions
Additions: Feel free to add in other ingredients like sautéed onions, bell peppers, or mushrooms to the frittata for more flavor.
Substitutions: For a different flavor, you can replace the mozzarella cheese with other melting cheeses like cheddar or Monterey Jack. Additionally, parsley can be used in place of basil for a different herbaceous note.
Healthier Alternatives: To make the dish lighter, consider using whole wheat spaghetti or substituting half the eggs with egg whites. You can also add in more veggies for extra nutrients.
What other cheese can I use?
If you’re looking to try it with a little bit more flavor, try using parmesan or Grana Padano cheese. These are both great for elevating this dish.
How can I make this healthier?
Try having this dish with some leafy greens. This will cut through the savory and cheesy flavor. Some greens that would go great with it are arugula or spinach.
How do I keep the frittata from sticking to the pan?
If you’re worried that your frittata will stick, try brushing the pan with an even coating of oil or use a cooking spray and heating the pan in the oven before cooking with it. That will create a nonstick coating and will help ensure an easy extraction. Alternatively, you could be sure to use a nonstick skillet.
What should I serve with this spaghetti frittata?
This spaghetti frittata is a meal in itself, but if you’re looking to create a more rounded meal, there are plenty of options to consider. A fresh, vibrant salad, such as a classic Caesar or a light arugula salad with a tangy vinaigrette, would provide a refreshing contrast to the hearty frittata. Crusty Italian bread or garlic bread would be a fantastic accompaniment, soaking up any extra sauce and adding a delightful crunch. For a breakfast or brunch spread, consider serving this frittata with fresh fruit or a yogurt parfait for a touch of sweetness that balances out the savory frittata. Check out this post about what to serve with a frittata for more ideas.
Here are some other frittata recipes you might enjoy!
Spaghetti and Meatball Frittata
- 1 cup leftover spaghetti
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 sprigs basil stems removed
- 2 tsp dried basil
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese
- ¾ cup pasta sauce
- 8-10 pieces leftover meatballs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- In a large bowl, add your eggs, milk-dried oregano, and salt and pepper. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Add your spaghetti and ¼ cup mozzarella cheese.
- Fold in the ingredients with a spatula so the spaghetti and cheese are evenly dispersed.
- Heat a large ovenproof nonstick frying pan on medium heat.
- Add vegetable oil, followed by the frittata base, and cook for 3-5 minutes until a skin forms.
- Add tomato sauce and meatballs followed by the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until crispy and solid in the center.
- Once ready, carefully remove from the oven.
- Garnish with fresh basil and serve.