From My Mother’s Kitchen: Spaghetti Frittata with Ramps

Posted by on Thursday May 5th, 2011 | Print

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The first meal my mother ever made my father was a frittata. I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, and I tell the story behind their first cooking encounter in our book. So why am I mentioning it again? Because it’s proof that my mom makes a damn good frittata.

Growing up, frittatas were never a breakfast staple. That was olive oil fried egg territory. But they were a frequent lazy weeknight meal. To this day, I rarely crave frittatas in the morning and have yet to find a restaurant that serves them at night. That’s why I continue to rely on Chez Lapine, and my mother, for dinnertime frittata inspiration.

A few weeks ago she told me about a new technique she was trying out: the spaghetti frittata. She sent through a recipe, and I added a springtime touch by using fresh ramps. The result was incredibly crispy on the outside, while staying warm and succulent on the inside.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we are giving you not one, but two family frittata recipes this week. Stay tuned for Cara’s mother’s version tomorrow. You can try serving either of them for Sunday brunch, or, if your family’s frittata habits are anything like mine, as a lazy, delicious, and loving Mother’s Day dinner.

From my kitchen, wishing Frankie an early happy Mother’s Day, to yours,

Phoebe, THE QUARTER-LIFE COOK

**Recipe**

Spaghetti Frittata with Ramps
Makes 2-4 servings

Ingredients
1/3 pound spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
1 shallot, sliced
1 bunch ramps, cleaned well, and sliced (white and green parts separated)
1 tomato, seeded and roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup white wine
½ teaspoon salt
6 eggs, beaten

Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.

In the meantime, heat the remaining oil in an 8-inch nonstick skillet (with rounded sides) and sauté the shallot to 2 minutes over medium heat. Add the white parts of the ramps, the tomato, and the garlic. Gently sauté for 3 more minutes, until the ingredients are soft. Add the wine and the salt and simmer until the wine is reduced by half.

Add the spaghetti and the green parts of the ramps (reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish) to the pan and carefully toss until coated in the tomato mixture. Bring the heat to high. When the spaghetti begins to sizzle, pour the egg mixture over the pasta, beginning with the outer edges of the pan, and ending in the middle. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook until the bottom and the sides have set.

If your pan is over-safe, finish the frittata under the broiler until the top is brown. Invert onto a plate and serve.

If your pan is not oven-safe, invert the frittata onto a plate, and slide it back into the pan (there will be some runny eggs left on the plate). Cook until the bottom has set. Using a clean plate, re-invert twice and serve with the crispy side up.

Garnish with the remaining green ramp leaves.

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  • Keisenpress

    I love ramps. I love ramps in everything, I can’t wait to try this.

  • http://namasteeveryday.wordpress.com/ Emma @ Namaste Everyday

    I’m excited that frittatas are on the mind for dinner…I’m making one tonight!

  • Zackblackk

    I love to eat Spaghetti Frittata with Ramp because It is best kitchen recipe for my mother. It looking very awesome and beautiful. I loves in ramps everything. It is really very testy food.

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  • Frankie

    I appreciate the shout-out, even though I’m not a mother. Kids hate me. And this recipe rocks.

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    Hello, this is my first visit. I saw your blog at stumble upon, and I decided to check it out. I really like it, and these recipes looks great. Amazing list of recipes you have here. I will visit more often from now on.

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  • Anonymous

    I like to eat this Spaghetti Frittata with Rampsm because it is my one of the favorite recipe and i am also making this recipe in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.
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    This recipe looks amazing, I will have to give it a ago, wish me luck.  

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    I don’t think I have had Frittata before, I will have to give a go.