Left over pasta is covered with a leek and shallot confit, egg substitute, and mozzarella cheese. Then it’s topped with ricotta cheese and baked until deliciously golden. Ricotta Pasta Frittata is a quick and tasty #meatfree meal.
Okay, to say I’m loving my new kitchen is an understatement. The counter top is HUGE and I have a nice spot next to the sliding glass door to take delicious pictures. Granted, we’re home a little later and don’t get gorgeous light like this, but there’s plenty of light that I can still take some pictures before we eat and then take more with my left overs at work.
No, these weren’t taken at work. Yesterday was a snow day for me. Yup. I’m writing this post the day after this recipe happened. I’m hoping to get a little more organized as our weekends aren’t as filled up with house stuff as it has been the last couple of weekends. This Saturday we have to drive out to Herndon to return the stupid Cox Cable boxes.
*insert small rant*
I don’t get it. The reason I’m cancelling my service is because I’m moving and you’re not available in my area, otherwise I’d be moving my service. So, to say that you can only send the return boxes to my old address makes NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER! Um…I moved. I no longer live there. Dish, Comcast, DirectTV; they all sent return boxes to the new address. I don’t see why you have to be so special that I have drive 30+ miles to return your equipment. But if I don’t, you’re going to charge me for the boxes.
Makes no sense.
Okay, we now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post.
This recipe happened because I have left over pasta. Not in the form of oops I cooked too much and have left over. More in the form of I have a small amount in this box and it’s screwing up with my portion ratios so I need to do something with it type of left over. So, be it a small amount in the box left over or a small amount of extra cooked pasta, you can easily use whatever left over pasta you have on hand. Short, long, medium, long broken into small, bits and pieces of broken pieces in a box; it honestly doesn’t really matter. Just…pasta.
Since I had that left over bit, I was trying to figure out what to make with it all. Spaghetti pie? Pasta pie? Pasta frittata? OH! Wait a minute! Since I love alliteration, I went with …
Ricotta Pasta Frittata!!
I know. I’m a dork. But it just rolls off the tongue so nicely. Ricotta pasta frittata. See what I mean? It’s also very tasty on the tongue.
There’s not a lot of salt and lot of herbs in this recipe. I wanted the flavor of the leek and shallot confit to shine. It was delicious and added this amazingly sweet flavor to the creamy of the mozzarella and the ricotta. Then there’s a hint of some garlic and some thyme. For me, thyme and leeks are like bacon and eggs. Mmmm bacon.
That’s for another frittata.
Now, I’ve marked this recipe as easy. Yes, it seems like a lot, but it’s a lot of set it and forget type of steps. Honestly. The confit can cook on medium-low to almost low for a good 5 to 10 minutes without really stirring it. As long as your lid circulates the condensation back to the pan, you shouldn’t have any problems with it burning. Just remember, the lower the temperature the better. Not so low that you barely see the flame or it barely makes any sound cooking. You still want to hear a little bit of a hiss as it cooks.
Then once that’s done you assemble and bake. Another set it and forget it moment. Just check it after 30 depending on your oven. You don’t want the edges to get too brown, but want the custard in the center to set. Give the pan the shake test. If there’s wiggle in the middle, then let it continue cooking. While it’s cooking you can whip up some garlic bread and toss it in to heat up with the frittata. I forgot this step, so we didn’t have bread to go with.
I did whip up a deliciously simple spinach salad with some spinach – DUH – some red onion and some blood oranges. I sectioned the oranges over a bowl to catch the juice which I added to some store bought Italian dressing. It was a rather nice addition to our hearty and simple meatfree meal.
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
- 1 cup thinly sliced leeks, rinsed and drained
- 2 cup cooked pasta
- 1 cup fat free mozzarella
- 2 cups egg substitute
- 1/2 cup fat free half and half
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until they begin to soften. Add the leeks and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- Place the cooked pasta in the bottom of a pie place coated with cooking spray. Spread the confit on top and top with half of the mozzarella cheese. Set aside.
- Stirring with a whisk, combine the egg substitute with the next five ingredients (half and half through black pepper). Add 1/4 cup of the ricotta cheese and continue to whisk until the ricotta is incorporated.
- Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and bake at 400 for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the center is set the edges are slightly brown.
- Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing and serving with garlic bread.
Meatless Casseroles for Lent
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- Greens and Pea Manicotti by Food Lust People Love
- Leek and Swiss Chard Gratin by Caroline’s Cooking
- Mushroom Breakfast Casserole by Brunch-n-Bites
- Raisin Bread Cheddar Strata by Pies and Plots
- Ricotta Pasta Frittata by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Roasted Vegetable Lasagna by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Tex Mex Vegetarian Bake Freestyle Recipe by Positively Stacey
- Spaghetti Squash Parmesan Casserole by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Spinach Ravioli Bake by Our Good Life
- Spinach Ricotta Pasta Bake by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Vegetarian Baked Pasta with Spinach and Gruyère by Cooking Chat
- Vegetarian Enchiladas Recipe with Chickpea Curry by Sunday Supper Movement
- Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie by Simple and Savory
- Veggie & Quinoa Baked Stuffed Peppers by Hardly A Goddess