Pasta, asparagus and pea frittata
Little soup pasta shapes make a great filling for this Italian-style flat omelette with tender sliced asparagus and frozen peas. It’s delicious served hot, warm or cold, with a simple salad for a light meal. Add some garlic bread for a more hearty meal.
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- 1/2 lb asparagus trimmed
- 1 1/4 cups frozen peas
- 5 oz soup pasta such as small bows or shells
- 8 eggs
- 6 scallions thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
- Half-fill a large frying pan with water and bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook for 4-5 minutes until the spears are just tender. Lift them out with tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer to a board and leave until they are cool enough to handle.
- Bring the water in the pan back to a boil. Add the peas and pasta, bring back to a boil again and cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a large bowl. Cut the tips off the asparagus and set them aside. Slice the asparagus stalks and add to the eggs together with the scallions and mint. Drain the pasta and peas and immediately stir them into the egg mixture.
- Preheat the grill to high. Dry the frying pan, then heat the oil over a medium heat. Pour in the egg mixture, making sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Reduce the heat slightly and cook for about 5 minutes until the omelette is two-thirds set, but still moist on top, and browned underneath.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the frittata and place under the grill. Cook for about 5 minutes to brown the top. Cut into four large wedges and serve garnished with the reserved asparagus tips.
Cook's tip: The trick for a perfect frittata is to cook over a medium to low heat and allow the mixture to set slowly without stirring. Stirring once the egg has begun to set will break the mixture apart. Too high a heat will burn the base before the egg is set sufficiently to finish under the grill.
Each serving: 25 g protein, 24.5 g fat of which 7 g saturates, 28 g carbohydrate, 6.5 grams fibre, 444 Calories