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Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

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on July 14, 2011 | 6:07 pm | 5 Comments

Cooking with Giuseppe - Frittata di Maccheroni alla NapoletanaWith the dog days of summer upon us it’s time for a classic dish that Neapolitans love to take to the beach or to a picnic. Eaten warm or cold, it is a typical dish made on Pasquetta, Easter Monday and in fact, the first time I had Frittata di Maccheroni was at the beach on Pasquetta.

The dish originated as a way to use the leftovers from the Sunday meal. The pasta, the Sunday Ragu stretched out into a filling dish that would feed the family for another day.

Today’s cooks are just as likely to make the dish from scratch and as always, there are as many versions as there are cooks. But the tradition and memories remain constant as Giuseppe explains in his recipe for Frittata di Maccheroni.

Giuseppe’s Frittata di Maccheroni

Cooking with Giuseppe - Frittata di Maccheroni alla NapoletanaI am often asked where my love for cooking came from. As a teenager, I became fascinated and interested in all types of cooking because in my house, there was always something on the stove or in  the oven. 

My passion is good food, delicious flavors and I love to mix and experiment with the variety of beautiful colors and ingredients that make Neapolitan cuisine the best in the world. The variety of beans, all of the pastas, the fresh vegetables and seafood, but the most important ingredient of all is the love that you put into preparing the dish.

I remember as a child, every Sunday my mother made the Neapolitan Ragu. It was always delicious and always plentiful, so the day after we’d make Frittata di Maccheroni with the leftovers, a ritual in all Neapolitan families.

A fried pasta dish you can make with leftovers or fresh ingredients, my recipe is a take on one of my favorite childhood memories. I hope you enjoy this recipe and I look forward to sharing many more!

Ingredients

5 Eggs
1/2 kilo Pasta – Spaghetti, Linguine, Vermicelli, Bucatini, etc.
150 grams Grated Cheese – Parmigiano and Pecorino Mix
4-5 Slices Mozzarella (I use Fior di Latte – Mozzarella made from cow’s milk)
100 grams Prosciutto Cotto (Italian Cooked Ham)
Salt and Pepper

Method

Cook the pasta al dente and drain (or use leftover pasta)
In a large bowl beat eggs with grated cheese, salt and pepper
Add pasta to egg and cheese mixture and mix through

Frittata di Maaccheroni alla Napoletana - Pasta, Cheese and Egg Mixture

Add pasta to egg and cheese mixture and mix through

Generously coat a large frying pan with oil
Heat the oil until it just starts to sizzle over medium heat
Layer half the pasta into the frying pan
Top with the prosciutto cotto and mozzarella

Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana - Adding the Mozzarella and Prosciutto

Add a layer of Mozzarella and Prosciutto to the Pasta

Layer the remaining pasta on top
Cook until the bottom is golden brown

Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana - Frying the Frittata

Frying the Frittata

Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana - Cook until Golden Brown

Cook until the bottom of the frittata is golden brown

Cover the pan with a lid and remove from the heat
Drain the oil and flip the frittata onto the lid

Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana - Draining the Oil

Draining the Oil

Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana - Flipping the Frittata

Flipping the Frittata

Gently slide the frittata back into the pan
Cook the other side of the frittata until golden brown

Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana - Cooking the other side of the Frittata

Cooking the other side of the Frittata

Buon Appetito!

 

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A native Neapolitan, Giuseppe Topo is a hairstylist and one of the owners of Noi Salon, Naples only English-speaking salon. A passionate cook, when he's not styling hair Giuseppe can be found in the kitchen cooking up one of his favorite Neapolitan dishes, which he proudly features on his regular series for Napoli Unplugged, Cooking with Giuseppe.
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  1. Eleonora, July 15, 2011 1:26 am - Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

    Awww, just like my ex-mother-in-law taught me!!
    Great series and wonderful post. One of my all time fave neapolitant recipes.

    Baci da Roma
    E xx

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      Bonnie, July 15, 2011 3:26 pm - Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

      Grazie tante Eleonora!!! Neapolitant – I like it – maybe we should brand it LOL.

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  2. Eleonora, July 15, 2011 1:28 am - Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

    Neapolitant, that could be the next “it” word.
    (typing at 1:30 am can do that)

    E xx

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  4. Penny Ewles-Bergeron, July 22, 2011 11:30 am - Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

    These are so well-presented both in terms of text and photographs. He’s a natural in the kitchen and your site showcases him so well. Ultimately a book has to follow!!!?

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      Bonnie, July 24, 2011 11:04 am - Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

      Thanks so much Penny. Giuseppe is definitely a natural in the kitchen :) And who know what the future will bring LOL.

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  5. vanzare masini, July 31, 2011 11:14 am - Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

    Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think that this is a easy recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

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  6. Roberto, November 14, 2011 10:44 pm - Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

    I loooooove frittata di maccheroni! My mother always used to cook it for me… it’s very tasty! :)

    Congratulations for your blog, i’m find it very interesting! I was born in Naples but unlickily i’ve never lived there… i like a lot to see all these beatiful photos and posts about my city here :)

    Greetings :)

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      Bonnie, November 15, 2011 7:56 am - Frittata di Maccheroni alla Napoletana

      Ciao Roberto – so glad you are enjoying the blog! I hope you will be able to make a visit to your city sometime soon :)

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