bucatini pasta frittata

Bucatini Omelette - A Fat Tuesday Recipe from Naples

If you are looking for Fat Tuesday food traditions, you can't miss this one: a delicious Pasta omelette hailing from Naples.



  • 15 oz bucatini or another type of pasta
  • 9 oz sheep ricotta
  • 3 eggs
  • a handful of diced provolone or mozzarella (optional)
  • a handful of diced spicy salami (optional)
  • a handful grated Parmesan cheese (or mixture of Parmesan and pecorino cheese)
  • extravirgin olive oil
  • pepper and salt q.s.
Main course
Italian Recipes
4 servings
10 min.
10 min.
20 min.

If you are looking for Fat Tuesday food traditions, you can't miss this one: a Pasta omelette coming from Naples.

This pasta frittata is made using bucatini but if you have some leftover pasta, even in other shapes, you can use it anyway. This dish may look like a bit poor as compared to other Carnival recipes. Yet, you can enrich it if you want, adding more flavor to this simple delicious fingerfood idea. In fact, the pasta omelette is a traditional Carnival food because people used (and still use) to go out to celebrate Carnival on Fat Tuesday, and the frittata was perfect to take out since it didn't need to be warmed up before eating!

Yet, it couldn't be a just a simple omelette. It had to be special, it was for a special occasion! So, they added some pasta, some cheese... and the frittata became a real treat!

Try this bucatini frittata once. You won't do without it anymore!



  • Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until it is al dente.
  • In a bowl, mix the ricotta, the eggs, the Parmesan cheese, a good sprinkling of pepper, and the remaining optional ingredients if you choose to further personalize your frittata.
  • Season with salt.
  • Drain the bucatini when cooked. Drain the pasta well because tebd to keep a lot of water.
  • Pour it into the bowl with the mix of eggs and cheese, and stir.
  • Heat a spoon of oil in a frying pan (possibly made of iron), pour the mixture in it, and cover with a lid.
  • When the frittata achieves a good consistence, turn it upside down using the lid or a plate,
  • The pasta omelet can be consumed at room temperature.


frittata with pasta


Our tip

For a lighter dish, bake the frittata in the oven for 12 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 190C / 370F.


baking frittata


Spaghetti omelette... by Amber DeGrace used under CC BY 2.0, cropped
Day 017 - Photo365 - Eggs by UnknownNet Photography used under CC BY-SA 2.0
Frittata bubblin 215 by Larry Jacobsen used under CC BY 2.0