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Pasta Frittata with Sausage and Hot Peppers

Cook's Illustrated, July/Aug 2014
4-6 servings
Prep info
20 min prep + 35 min cook + 5 min stand
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
1 hour
Time required
1 hour
Oven preheat
Not tried


  • 8 eggs
  • 30 g grated parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T chopped jarred jalapeno peppers
  • 1 T chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t freshly ground pepper
  • 8 oz sausage (casings removed; crumbled)
  • 2 cloves thinly sliced garlic
  • 3 c water
  • 6 oz angel hair pasta (broken in half)
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 3/4 t salt


1. Mix eggs, Parmesan, olive oil, peppers, parsley, salt, and pepper in large bowl until egg is even yellow color; set aside.

2. Cook sausage in 10" nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking up sausage with wooden spoon, until fat renders and sausage is about half cooked, 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove skillet from heat. Transfer sausage mixture (some sausage will still be raw) to bowl with egg mixture and wipe out skillet.

4. Bring water, pasta, vegetable oil, and salt to boil in now-empty skillet over high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, water has evaporated, and pasta starts to sizzle in oil, 8 - 12 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook pasta, swirling pan and scraping under edge of pasta with rubber spatula frequently to prevent sticking (do not stir), until bottom turns golden and starts to crisp, 5 - 7 minutes (lift up edge of pasta to check progress).

5. Using spatula, push some pasta up sides of skillet so entire pan surface is covered with pasta. Pour egg mixture over pasta. Using tongs, lift up loose strands of pasta to allow egg to flow toward pan, being careful not to pull up crispy bottom crust. Cover skillet and continue to cook over medium heat until bottom crust turns golden brown and top of frittata is just set (egg below very top will still be raw), 5 - 8 minutes.

6. Slide frittata onto large plate. Invert frittata onto second large plate and slide it browned side up back into skillet. Tuck edges of frittata into skillet with rubber spatula. Continue to cook second side of frittata until light brown, 2 - 4 minutes longer.

7. Remove skillet from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Using your hand or pan lid, invert frittata onto cutting board. Cut into wedges and serve.


Notes from source:

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: For a pasta frittata that showcased egg and pasta in equal measure, we opted for superthin angel hair pasta. The strands of angel hair formed a delicate network throughout the eggy interior. We started with dried pasta instead of leftover cooked pasta so that we could make this dish any night of the week. For convenience’s sake we skipped the traditional pasta cooking method, which requires a large pot of boiling water, and instead cooked the angel hair in just 3 cups of water in the same 10-inch nonstick skillet we then used for cooking the frittata. We kept the eggs tender by using a generous amount of extra-virgin olive oil, and we created a crispy pasta crust by letting it fry in the skillet before adding the eggs. Finally, for flavor and textural contrast, we mixed in bold add-ins. To ensure that each incorporated seamlessly into the frittata, we cut everything into bite-size pieces and precooked them before adding them to the eggs.

To ensure the proper texture, it’s important to use angel hair pasta. We like to serve the frittata warm or at room temperature, with a green salad.