An easy way to stretch leftovers into a deliciously new dinner, this family-friendly meal is quick to prepare and sure to become a favorite. Economical and easy to customize, too!
People often ask me if I spend my days cooking away in my kitchen. It’s a logical question. After all, I write about food and develop recipes!
The truth is, as much as I like to cook, I sometimes have trouble getting dinner on the table, too. So many aspects of my job keep me out of the kitchen, focusing on other tasks. Or I could be working on a new blondie recipe (hint, hint…coming soon!). Then, dinnertime rolls around and all I have is dessert. (Not that anyone here would mind eating dessert for dinner!)
I also happen to love leftovers. Some meals really do improve with age, and many can be repurposed in new and different ways. A friend of mine uses the term “intentional leftovers,” which is such a smart concept. Given hectic work schedules, kids’ activities, etc., some would call it survival!
Two cups of leftover pasta won’t feed my family, but when reinvented into this skillet pizza－a pasta frittata might be a more accurate description－it becomes more substantial. A simple tossed salad or green veggie on the side, and dinner is served.
For flavor variation, feel free to mix in a handful of sliced, black olives, some chopped pepperoni, or slivered basil. Also, gluten-free pasta may absolutely be used if needed.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 lightly packed cups leftover spaghetti (see notes)
- 3 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the Parmesan cheese. Toss with the leftover spaghetti, making sure the spaghetti is fully covered with the egg mixture. (I do not add salt, as the Parmesan and sauce from the spaghetti provide ample flavor; you made add a sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired.)
Heat the olive oil in a 9 or 10-inch skillet over medium heat. The skillet should be hot enough that a piece of spaghetti dropped into the pan sizzles. If it sizzles, the oil is ready.
Pour the spaghetti mixture into the pan and distribute it evenly, pressing down lightly. Cook approximately 7 minutes on the first side, or until golden brown and crispy around the edges.
To flip the pasta, carefully slide it onto a dinner plate. Cover with a second dinner plate and flip. (I think this is easier and safer than flipping directly from the hot skillet. I do this over the sink, taking care not to drip, as there will be residual oil that has not been absorbed by the noodles.) Slide the pasta back into the skillet, and cook the other side for 4 minutes or until golden brown.
Slide the pasta onto a serving platter, cut into wedges, and serve warm with a little extra cheese and/or sauce, if desired.
- I use spaghetti with the sauce already mixed in, and I recommend stirring the leftover sauce and noodles together before refrigerating. That way, the spaghetti is on the drier side, having absorbed most of the sauce. You could also make this recipe with no sauce, serving with extra marinara on the side. When cooking with plain noodles, a little provolone and chipped or thinly sliced salami are tasty additions.
To round out your spaghetti dinner, you may enjoy Amazing Parmesan Garlic Bread. Click on the recipe titles or the photos for the recipes.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is easy, meaty, and yields three full quarts…plenty to freeze or share!
Fabulous recipe! Very easy to make. A great way to use left overs. Delicious!
I’m so glad this was a hit, Reichel!
This is so informative about Leftover Spaghetti Pizza.
Keep up your good work.
Thank you, Sharif!
Simple pasta recipe.
Love the easy ones!
The taste was wonderful. I love it. Thank you very much!
So happy you liked, Melissa. Thank you for the comment!
this is a brilliant idea! I Always make too much spaghetti. Thank you, Ann!
You can never have too much…and thank you, Elizabeth!
This is a great suggestion
I love it, I made it last night and it was great. It was a team effort to flip, mine looked more like scrabbled pasta but it tasted great
Lily, After you do the flip once or twice, it will feel easier. I’m so happy the team effort was a success!
I made this recipe exactly, only adding additional toppings such as red onion, black olives and fresh basil. It was outstanding and my husband loved it.
I’m delighted this was a hit, Gabriel. Your additions sound terrific!
I see that this recipe has been here for several years, but I thought I would let you know that I made your spaghetti pizza tonight, and my husband and my daughter loved it 🙂
You are sweet to let me know, Sue. New or old, it’s always great to read the recipe feedback. I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed!
I have had a version of this. It was a breakfast treat with left over noodles and eggs.
Your version seems to be a must try! Sounds Yummy!
Hi Roger, Thanks for your comment. I have a similar sauceless version on this site, too. Tomato fan that I am, this is my favorite by a smidge!
Eating this would make me feel like such a kid… in the best possible way!
Love that, Rimmy!
Great use for leftover spaghetti….I followed the recipe exactly. The key is to not have the spaghetti too “wet” and to make sure the oil is hot enough. Thank you for sharing the idea on how to flip the pizza. Worked like a charm and no mess. I sprinkled some cheddar/mozzarella on top to melt and then I warmed up some marinara sauce to serve over the pizza. Family loved it!!
I’m so happy to read your comment, Lynnette. Thanks for your wonderful feedback!
It was very good and simple to make. I only did a half recipe and it worked out fine
We gobbled this up!
Because our (intentionally) leftover spaghetti was plain, I used 3 eggs instead of 2. It worked beautifully! After I flipped the pasta over (love! the plate transfer/flip suggestion!) I embraced the pizza concept and topped with a little marinara sauce, shredded cheese (Italian blend), and small slices of salami. I was waiting for my asparagus to finish so I placed a lid over the pizza creation to finish the cheese melting process. Pasta and pizza are always an easy winner at our table… but… my son did not even realize it was spaghetti until I told him and he ate half the pan! Honest! It was that good! And so easy!
We will be doing this again!
Thanks for your awesome comment, Diane! The way you served this sounds terrific and I’m thrilled it was such a hit. Thanks for letting me know!
This is so good. I was out of parmesan so I used nutritional yeast and American cheese. After I flipped it I added some more American cheese and some black olives. I can’t believe how delicious this turned out. Thank you so much
So happy to read your comment, Sheila! Your substitutions sound perfect and I love the addition of black olives.
This sounds so good. As I read on you talked about a small salad. Making the spaghetti pizza bottom. Then you talked about salami. All I could see see antapasta salad on top of the pizza. Can’t wait to try it. I have a lot left over but Iam going to Canada. Carol
A small salad on the side makes a great meal of this, Carol. In the notes section I mention you can add a bit of salami or add-in of choice. Feel free to experiment. Thanks for taking the time to comment and hope you enjoy!
You may want to reposition the page.. important direction is missing..
I’m not sure what you couldn’t see, Sue, as everything appears correctly now. If I can help in any way, please let me know–and I apologize for any trouble.
Nice theory, but did not work.
Hi Karen, My only thought as to why this might not have worked is if the spaghetti was very saucy and the two eggs were simply not enough to bind it. I’m sorry it wasn’t a success for you.
I’m not sure who loves this more — my kids, my husband or me!
I love it, Emily!
I love having leftovers for lunch the next day. I look forward to trying this.
Hope you enjoy, Jennifer!