Leftovers Frittata

Growing up, my dad was the King of Leftovers.  I was absolutely that girl at school that had her last-night’s dinner shoved between two pieces of bread and called a sandwich.  Come Saturday morning, my dad usually made three pretty standard things with the stuff left in our fridge (1) some sort of hash with a fried egg on top, (2) fried rice or (3) a frittata.

For those of you out there thinking, “what the heck is a frittata”- a frittata is an egg baked dish, sort of like a quiche without the crust that originated in Italy.  (In fact, frittata in Italian sort of means fried.)  Frittatas are also very similar to the Spanish Tortilla. While I don’t believe there are any standard ingredients in a frittata (besides the eggs, of course), they typically have eggs, cheese, some sort of veg or herb and well, anything else your heart desires.

In this moment I was having a “I have all these random leftovers/items in my fridge… what can I make” moments and channeling my inner Bruce (my dad), I decided to throw it all in a pan, pour some scrambled eggs on top and stick it in the oven.  The other great thing about frittatas is that they can be made and eaten for literally any meal of the day.  This is actually a great thing to bring to a potluck brunch or serve with a fancy side salad for lunch or dinner.

Like I said before, this can literally be made with ANYTHING you have already or want in it- so don’t feel like you need to follow my ingredients exactly.

Leftover pesto pasta
5 eggs (scrambled)
5 garlic chicken sausages
Cherry tomatoes (sliced inn half)
2 spoonfuls of tomato sauce (what I had left in my fridge)
Frozen peas
Shredded cheese
1/4 of a white/yellow onion (chopped)
1/4 of a red onion (chopped)
1 clove of garlic (minced)
Parsley for garnish (optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste

1.  Chop up anything that needs chopping.  Whisk your eggs and set aside.

2.  In the pan that you plan on baking the frittata in, fry up your sausage, onions and garlic with a bit of butter.

3.  Add your pasta (I chose to cut up my spaghetti so I could mix everything in the pan easily) tomatoes, peas and tomato sauce.

4. Once everything is warmed through and crispy, pat your ingredients down into the pan and make sure non of the noodles are sticking up.  Then pour the whisked eggs over your concoction, sprinkle the cheese on top and pop into a preheated oven at 350 degrees F.

5.  Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until your eggs are not runny and everything is nice and crispy on top.
6. Either let set/ cool in the pan or slide out of the pan onto a plate or large cutting board.
7. Time to serve it up- slice it like a pie and add your garnish!

Enjoy and in the wise words of Lion King- Hakuna Frittata… what a wonderful phrase.

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