Dive into the flavours of Naples with frittata di maccheroni, a mouthwatering spaghetti omelette that’s both hearty and versatile. Perfect for picnics or cosy nights in, this dish is guaranteed to impress. Let’s get cooking!
About this Recipe
By: Silvana Lanzetta
Frittata di maccheroni – that’s a dish that warms the heart and brings a smile to the face of every Neapolitan. It’s such a simple dish, yet delightful. Growing up, my mom would whip up this delicious treat for a quick lunch, even though it’s traditionally a picnic dish.
I have fond memories of those warm Sundays when my family would escape the city heat and head to Mount Vesuvius. My sister and I would run around, giggling and gathering gorse flowers, which grow abundantly on the slopes of the volcano.
When hunger and exhaustion caught up with us, we’d race back to our mum, who’d be waiting with our much-anticipated lunch. And what else would it be but frittata di maccheroni? This humble yet scrumptious dish has gained quite a following outside of Italy too, where it’s known as the spaghetti omelette.
Vesuvius covered with gorse flowers
Two Neapolitan street children eating maccheroni, early 1900’s.
From Humble Origins
To the aristocratic tables
This frittata di maccheroni is a delightful and hearty meal. It contains a balanced amount of protein, carbohydrates. Although the recipe is relatively high in fat, it comes from various sources. Enjoy this traditional Neapolitan dish in moderation as part of a well-rounded, nutritious diet.
- Proteins 24% 24%
- Carbs 24% 24%
- Fats 42% 42%
You know, when it comes to making the perfect frittata di maccheroni, the choice of pasta is key. Traditionally, we go for long, thin pasta like spaghetti, linguine, vermicelli, or tonnarelli. Not only does it make the frittata look amazing, but it also gives it that sturdy structure, making it a breeze to slice and serve. If you opt for short pasta, your frittata will be crumbly, and you’ll need to add more eggs to hold everything together. So, stick with the traditional long pasta and enjoy a delicious, well-textured frittata di maccheroni!