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Asparagus Ricotta Frittata | Italian Egg Dish

Asparagus Ricotta Frittata is a simple and delicious recipe that’s made with fresh asparagus, shallots, ricotta cheese, eggs, and mozzarella. This classic Italian egg dish is simple to make and perfect for any occasion.

Asparagus Ricotta Frittata

Frittatas are simple to put together and once you’ve made one, you are capable of making hundreds! They are a great way to use leftover meats or veggies, and are perfect for brunch, a light lunch, or even a late night dinner.

But what is a frittata? Frittata is an Italian egg-based dish. It is similar to a crustless quiche or an omelette. It usually includes meats, veggies and cheeses, and is cooked partially on the stove, then finished in the oven.

This asparagus ricotta frittata is a great way to use the abundance of spring asparagus that is available come February to June. This recipe is particularly popular for Italian Easter Brunch and is great to include aside other favorites like Italian Easter Bread.

Asparagus Ricotta Frittata on plate.

So give this recipe a try and see how easy and quick it is to make frittata. And be sure to check out my other easy Italian breakfast recipes below.

The Best Frittata Pans

The key to making a show-stopping frittata is using the right pan. Otherwise, you risk having a burnt bottom or having to scrape the eggs out of the pan.

You need a pan that is capable of moving from the stovetop to the oven. I recommend a nonstick skillet or a cast iron skillet. My favorite nonstick skillet is the Zwilling J.A. Henkels Spirit Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan. I’ve had mine for years and I love it’s nonstick capabilities and that it easily moves from the stove to oven.

If you prefer to use cast iron, make sure you use one that is well coated. Also, be aware of your temperature since cast iron will get hotter than most pans. The Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet is a great option. It’s an investment piece that will last you forever.

How to Make Asparagus Ricotta Frittata

Firstly, whisk together the egg mixture. Here I used seven large eggs, a cup of ricotta cheese (part skim works), diced green onion, and seasonings. Set aside while you prepare the asparagus.

eggs whisked together in glass mixing bowl.

Heat olive oil in a nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add in a diced shallot and trimmed, diced asparagus. Be sure to snap off the hard bottoms of the asparagus before cutting them into 1 inch pieces.

asparagus, shallots, and olive oil in a skillet.

Cook the vegetables until al dente – this will happen when the asparagus has softened but still has a bite to it.

cooked asparagus and shallots in a pan.

Next, arrange the asparagus so that it covers the bottom of the pan. Slowly pour in the egg mixture to cover the asparagus.

eggs poured over the veggies in the pan.

Let the egg mixture sit, without stirring, for about 3-4 minutes, or until the eggs begin to set and pull away from the edges of the pan. Then, sprinkle the mozzarella and parmesan on top of the eggs.

cheese sprinkled over top of the frittata in the pan.

Move the frittata to the oven and let bake until the eggs are set, about 10-12 minutes. You can test for doneness by inserting a butter knife in the center of the eggs and see if comes out clean. Place the pan under the broiler for a minute or two if you want to brown the cheese slightly.

Asparagus Ricotta Frittata in a pan.

How to serve asparagus ricotta frittata

Let the frittata cool in the pan slightly before serving. You can serve directly out of the pan or transfer to a plate or platter for serving.

If you want to transfer the entire dish to a plate for serving, you will need to loosen the frittata from the pan. To do this, run a rubber spatula around the edges and underneath of the frittata. Then, tilt the pan over the plate and gently coax the frittata onto the plate.

Asparagus Ricotta Frittata

You can then slice and serve from the platter. Before serving, feel free to garnish the frittata with diced herbs or green onions. I like to serve mine as part of a brunch buffet or paired with a simple green salad.

Italian Breakfast Ideas

For Italians, breakfast is usually a simple meal. Often it involves a pastry or bread, fruit, and coffee or espresso. Here are some delicious Italian-inspired breakfasts that are great for any occasion.

Orange Mascarpone Ciambella

Zucchini Ricotta Bundt Cake

Panettone French Toast Casserole

Cannoli Pound Cake

Olive Oil Bundt Cake with Lemon Honey Glaze

Hope you love this Asparagus Ricotta Frittata! Be sure to comment below if you try it. Enjoy!

Asparagus Ricotta Frittata
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5 from 5 votes

Asparagus Ricotta Frittata

Tasty and elegant frittata that's great for special occasions but simple enough for everyday breakfast. Makes for great leftovers too.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Asparagus Frittata, Frittata, Italian Breakfast
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 192kcal
Author: angelakallison
Cost: 6-7

Equipment

  • 10 inch nonstick frying pan (oven safe)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (whole or part skim)
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil in a 10 inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add in shallots and asparagus and cook until asparagus is al dente; about 5 minutes.
    asparagus, shallots, and olive oil in a skillet.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl whisk together the eggs, ricotta, green onions, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the aspargus and shallots so that the vegetables are evenly covered. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until you see the eggs at the edges of the pan beginning to set and pull away from the pan.
    eggs poured over the veggies in the pan.
  • Sprinkle the cheeses evenly over top of the egg mixture.
    cheese sprinkled over top of the frittata in the pan.
  • Bake the frittata on the center rack of the oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until the eggs in the middle are set and no longer runny. Move the pan to the upper rack of the oven and broil for 1-2 minutes, or until the top of the frittata is bubbly and light golden in color.
    Asparagus Ricotta Frittata in a pan.
  • Carefully remove the pan from the oven and let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to run around the edges of the pan and slide the frittata onto the serving platter. Cut into 8 slices and serve warm or at room temperature.
    Asparagus Ricotta Frittata

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Notes

This simple recipe is great to serve for brunch or holidays. You can substitute whatever veggies and cheese you have on hand. 
Asparagus Ricotta Frittata
Recipe Rating




Gail Montero

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

I love a good, hot, savory breakfast and this frittata is surely it. My family will enjoy this!

Andrea

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

This frittata is so easy to make and flavorful that I know it will be a huge hit in my house.

Beth Sachs

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

A great way to use up eggs and one of my favourite lunches. Delicious!

Jessica Formicola

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

My family loves asparagus, so I can't wait to try this recipe! It will be perfect to make for brunch this weekend!

Eileen Kelly

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

I've been looking for some meatless dinners that were easy and delicious. This was it. The frittata was so flavorful and my hubs loved it.