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Chilli Pasta Ham Frittata


HT CD  MC PIC Italian 25 mins


Makes 1 x 20cm/8-inch Frittata     Hot  Cold  Vegetables  Pork Herbs  Main Course Picnics  Italy  Europe


3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, diced

1 Garlic Clove, crushed

1 Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
175g/6oz Ham, chopped

6 Large Eggs

175g/6oz Cold Cooked Shortcut Pasta
50g/2oz Grated Cheese such as Cheddar or Parmesan
2-3 tbsp Freshly chopped Parsley or  Marjoram

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1.  Heat the oil in a 20cm/8-inch frying pan over a low to medium heat, add the onions and  sauté very gently for 3-4 minutes turning frequently. Do not allow to brown.


2. Meanwhile, place the eggs in a large mixing bowl, beat well with a whisk then add the parmesan cheese, herbs, salt and black pepper and mix gently.

3. Add the garlic and chilli to the onions, sauté gently for 1-2 minutes then add the  ham and pasta and stir to mix well.


4. Pour in the egg mixture and cook over a low to medium heat for 2 minutes, gently stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon until large curds begin to form.


5. Preheat the grill to hot and continue to cook the frittata for a further 5-6 minutes without stirring, until it has mostly set with only the top remaining a little soft.


6. Transfer to the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes until completely set, golden brown and slightly puffy.


7.  Invert the frittata onto a large plate, then turn it over again. Can be served immediately or allow to get completely cold before serving. Best served at room temperature.


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