Egg Noodle Frittata with Full Fat Ricotta

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Egg Noodle Frittata

A carefully constructed, big-as-a-plate frittata, can be a cook’s blanks slate and a host’s best friend. It’s one of the culinary world’s perfect wonders. If you’re like me you probably make one when you want to clear out the fridge. Veggies, cheese, meat or potatoes – even pasta and rice. These are all great additions. It’s fun to go wild but a frittata can go downhill fast when it’s so overloaded with leftovers that it becomes a sloppy unfocused mess. A good frittata requires some finesse and a plan. Because if you ignore the basics a frittata can be as wet and messy as a dirty dog rolling in the grass.

The Key to Frittata Success

While it’s true that spontaneous frittatas are fun and easy to make – you shouldn’t wing it too much. Balance is the key, especially when it comes to the dairy in the recipe. I’ve seen too many versions that don’t include some added fat. If you want a chubby, fluffy frittata then full-fat dairy is crucial. I know because I’ve had a few overly improvised frittata fails: too lean, too skinny, too bland. These stingy versions quickly become spongy, dry, and tasteless. Nothing more than baked scrambled eggs loaded with leftovers.

As with most dishes involving eggs, there’s an egg-to-fat ratio and it’s important. For 8 eggs you need about 3/4 cup fat. That’s generous. You could get by with a 1/2 cup. But really 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup is your window. Do the math if you want to use fewer or more eggs. Use too much dairy, and you end up with that messy wet dog I mentioned. Use too little, and you’ll miss out on the luscious allure that defines a good frittata.

Sherry Yard’s Noodle Frittata with Smoky Paprika is a good example of a balance and finesse. Of course, she gets the egg-to-fat ratio correct, but there are other valuable lessons in this recipe that you can adapt to your spontaneous frittatas as well. For example, I like the way she whirls the liquid ingredients with the ricotta in the blender. This not only fully incorporates the ricotta it also add more air and volume than I could accomplish with a whisk. GREG

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Noodle Frittata with Smoky Paprika

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Idiazabal cheese is a is a traditional, farmhouse, hard cheese made from raw milk of Latxa or Carranza sheep in the Basque and Navarra regions of northern Spain. You may substitute it with any firm white sheep’s milk cheese. I used manchego.

Noodle Frittata with Smoky Paprika

Ingredients

  • 4 ounce dried, wide eggs noodles
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ medium sweet onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and minced)
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 5 ½ ounce Idiazabal cheese (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon weet Pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika) (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 8 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ½ cup fresh full-fat ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the noodles until al dente. Drain the noodles and cool under running water, then drain again.

In a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the noodles.

In a medium bowl, toss 1 ½ cups of the shredded cheese with the 1 teaspoon of paprika. In a blender, combine the eggs with the ricotta, chicken stock, milk, salt and white pepper and puree until smooth. Add the egg mixture and cheese to the skillet and mix well. Bake in the heated for about 25 minutes until the frittata is just set. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of cheese on top. Turn on the broiler and broil for about 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Let stand at least 5 minutes. Sprinkle the frittata with paprika, cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature..

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