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Pasta Carbonara Frittata


Serves 6 to 8

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 121

This riff on classic pasta carbonara, a brunch-friendly frittata studded with penne and bacon, is more about the eggs and less about the pasta. It’s great served warm or at room temperature for brunch or dinner.

For the frittata
  • kosher salt
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) dried penne
  • 9 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 oz. finely grated Pecorino Romano (about 1-1/2 cups using a rasp grater); more for serving
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 6 oz. thick-cut bacon (about 4 slices), cut crosswise into 1/8-inch strips
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced (2/3 cup)
  • 6 medium fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
For the salad
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 small head radicchio (6 oz.), halved and thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 3 oz. (3 lightly packed cups) arugula
  • 2 Tbs. chopped shallot
  • Flaky sea salt, such as maldon, and freshly ground black pepper
Make the frittata

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

Bring a 4-quart pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk, then whisk in the pecorino and cream.

Heat the oil in a 10-inch, ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the onion and sage and cook until the onion is translucent and the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Season with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add the pasta and toss to distribute the ingredients evenly. Gently pour in the egg mixture. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Loosen the edges with a silicone spatula and slide the frittata onto a cutting board.

Make the salad

Whisk together the oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Put the radicchio, arugula, and shallot in a large bowl and toss with just enough of the vinaigrette to coat. Season with 1/2 tsp. sea salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

Sprinkle more black pepper on the frittata. Slice and serve with additional pecorino and the salad.

Make Ahead Tips

The pasta can be cooked 1 day ahead.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 390; Fat (g): fat g 25; Fat Calories (kcal): 220; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 9; Protein (g): protein g 16; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 25; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 550; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 245; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I made this for Saturday night dinner. My husband & son warmed it up the following day. Excellent! When I make it again, I may add some chopped roasted red pepper &/or chopped artichokes to add some visual interest to the dish.

I made my own salad, but followed the instructions for the frittata exactly. An AMAZING recipe and so easy to prepare! I made it for bridge night and it was gobbled up before I had a bite. Everyone raved! My husband loved it and asked that I make it on a regular basis -- I've made it twice since. A must try!

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