Italian Frittata

Traditional Italian frittata is easy to prepare and delicious. Favored for its flexibility, it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime! Serve up as an appetizer or as a side at mealtime.

Although in Italy you may not commonly see a Frittata on a restaurant menu, this quintessentially Italian dish is prepared in many homes. Mothers and fathers alike prepare mouthwatering Frittatas from leftovers. You can add whatever pleases your palate to your Frittata. In some parts of Italy, before serving lunch and dinner a portion of the meal is put aside for this ‘left-over delight’. A Frittata is also the perfect way to convince the kids to try new vegetables.

And remember the ultimate leftover is the Frittata itself; it’s great the next day to reheated or eaten cold in a sandwich!

Not only is Frittata delicious, it is also quite the healthy food. Packed with Mediterranean Superfoods such as eggs and vegetables, it’s a great way to get more protein and nutrients into your diet. Also, you can make vegetarian or meat versions and it’s gluten free.

I love to serve frittata with a simple side salad (lettuce, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and shredded carrots) and a honey dijon vinaigrette dressing (recipe here).

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Italian Frittata

Siena Terenzio
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 98 kcal


  • Olive oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups Vegetables (such as boiled or roasted potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, wild mushroom, asparagus, eggplant, peppers, artichoke or chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, basil and/or oregano
  • 1/4 cup Asiago cheese or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Ground black pepper to taste


  • Generously cover a 12” pan with olive oil, heat up the oil and add vegetables, sautéing until they are soft.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together eggs then add salt, ground black pepper, parsley, basil or oregano. Stir in cheese to the mixture.
  • Using a ladle, spoon egg mixture on top of the veggies and spread the mixture to ensure that it is evenly distributed.
  • Cooking on medium heat, stir briefly in the pan, then using a rubber spatula, frequently & gently lift the edge of the egg mix so that it doesn't burn.
  • Using a fork, move the center gently so the liquid seeps to the bottom and gets cooked as well.
  • When the frittata is firm and the bottom is browned (the top will still be somewhat runny), remove the stovetop.
  • Set your broiler to low and place the pan into a preheated broiler for 2-5 minutes.
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes & then serve. Fritatta is lovely warm and at room temperature.
  • The Traditional Flip over (If You’re Brave) Once the bottom of the frittata is cooked; The traditional method requires you to flip the frittata over, quickly and carefully. Use a flat dish, larger than the pan; quickly turn the pan upside-down onto the plate. Immediately slide the golden side up back unto the pan and finish cooking.


Calories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 152mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 538IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author: Siena Terenzio
Siena was born in Boston Massachusetts-however her world adventures began early on in life. At 2 months old Siena was brought to Siena, Italy, where she is named after, and was baptized there. Growing up she traveled with her family all over the world; from South America to China, Siena has experienced the traditions and cultures of communities world wide. Her passion is traveling and Europe is her specialty. Siena is an Italian citizen and therefore travels freely every summer throughout the E.U. She also lived in southern Spain for 4 months. Currently Siena is studying Public Health and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with aspirations of becoming a professional in the public health field, keeping communities healthy on an international level. Siena enjoys food just as much as she enjoys traveling; due to this she absolutely loves cooking and trying new foods and recipes. Another one of her favorite hobbies is exercising, Siena takes great pleasure in working out; she was a gymnast for 7 years and simply couldn’t give it up, so now she coaches gymnastics to young children.
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