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Easy Frittata Recipe

Looking for something scrumptious to level up your brunch game? This easy frittata recipe is perfect for your menu!

Easy Frittata Recipe

A frittata may not be in your go-to arsenal of brunch dishes, but this one will be after you try this easy frittata recipe! 'What exactly is a fritatta?', you may be asking yourself. Well, a fritatta is a Italian-inspired omelette-like dish with lots of yummy add-ins like meat, cheese, and vegetables. It is unlike a omelette as it is cooked in the oven. It is different than a quiche because there is no crust.

I was inspired to make this dish for those of us that are adventurous in our breakfast choices, and want to add a bit of change to the typical line-up. I wanted to add in some healthier ingredients, like egg whites and cottage cheese, without compromising any of the delicious flavor.

This frittata is perfect to whip up on a Saturday morning for your family, and it is guaranteed to impress at your next brunch get-together.

Frittata Ingredients

Here is what you need to make this easy frittata recipe:

  • eggs 
  • egg whites 
  • nonfat cottage cheese 
  • olive oil 
  • small onion 
  • bacon
  • sharp cheddar cheese 
  • spinach
  • salt & pepper
  • Optional: avocado, hot sauce

Frittata Substitution Ideas

  • Dairy: You can use heaving whipping cream, milk, or yogurt instead of cottage cheese. I used sharp cheddar in this recipe, but you can choose your favorite type of shredded cheese to add-in and/or use as a topping. You can also make it dairy free by choosing DF cottage cheese or yogurt, and DF cheese.
  • Meat: You could use breakfast sausage, ground turkey, or ground chicken in this recipe. Just make sure whatever meat you select is cooked prior to adding it to the frittata!
  • Vegetables: Use whatever vegetables are your favorite. Some common frittata veggies include peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and asparagus. A frittata can be a great way to use leftover veggies!
  • Toppings: I suggest using avocado and hot sauce. You can add salsa, extra cheese, or sour cream.

How to make an Easy Frittata

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, and cottage cheese until well combined. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion. Cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add spinach and cook until it wilts, about 2 minutes. Add bacon and stir.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the skillet. Top with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for 25 mins.
  • Remove from heat and let cool before serving.
  • Optional: Serve with avocado and hot sauce.

How do I meal prep a frittata?

  • This easy frittata recipe is meal-prep friendly! Make the recipe as instructions indicate. Then, cut into 6 pieces and store in air-tight container until ready to heat up and enjoy.
  • Add avocado, hot sauce, or other desired toppings after heated.

Does a frittata need cream?

Although it is more traditional to use cream or heavy whipping cream in a frittata, there is no problem switching it up and using a different option.

This recipe uses cottage cheese as a healthier option. Cottage cheese adds protein and has less fat. The cottage cheese does not create any major differences in the outcome of the fritatta. If you don't like cottage cheese, you could use yogurt.

What is the difference between an omelette and frittata?

A frittata is cooked in the oven compared to a stove top for an omelette. It is also typically a bit thicker than a traditional omelette.

Besides these differences they actually are quite similar. Both use eggs as the primary ingredient and usually include different meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

Is a frittata a good source of protein?

This easy frittata is a great source of protein! Its primary ingredients are eggs and it also includes cheese and meat - all great sources of protein.

Not only is it a good source of protein, but also Vitamin D! A frittata also makes for an excellent way to use extra vegetables you may have left over. This is a perfect dish to add to your breakfast line up and meal prep roster.

What is the best pan to make a frittata?

I've found that the best pan is my trusty cast iron skillet. It is deep enough to accommodate the many ingredients and also distributes heat well so the entire frittata is cooked.

It is also naturally non-stick, which is a great plus. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, don't worry! Just use a big skillet that is also oven-safe.

How do you keep a frittata fluffy?

The best way to keep a frittata fluffy is to vigarously beat the eggs at the beginning of the recipe. This allows for more air to incorporate in the mixture.

Another tip is to let the frittata cool down a little before serving. By choosing not to serve a pipping-hot dish, you'll allow for a better texture.

Do you flip a frittata?

Some recipes do call for you to flip the frittata if only using the stovetop. I find that this process is an awkward task to accomplish, which is why I chose to finishing cooking this easy frittata in the oven.

There are actually quite a few different approaches to cooking a frittata, but the oven method tends to be the quickest and most fool-proof.

Why is frittata good for you?

Frittatas are a low-carb, high-protein option that also include vegetables. You are able to utilize most of the food pyramid with this one recipe.

This frittata is easy, quick and meal-prep friendly! Add it to your rotation and let me know what you think.

Like this easy frittata?

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If you try this frittata and love it, please rate it and let me know your thoughts! I hope you enjoy this easy frittata recipe!

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Easy Frittata Recipe

Looking for something scrumptious to level up your brunch game? This easy frittata recipe is perfect for your menu!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy frittata, frittata
Servings: 4
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup egg whites (133 grams)
  • ½ cup nonfat cottage cheese (114 grams)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (13 grams)
  • 1 small onion diced (100 grams)
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped (45 grams)
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded (56 grams)
  • 2 cups spinach (50 grams)
  • ½ tsp each salt & pepper
  • Optional: avocado, hot sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, and cottage cheese until well combined. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion. Cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add spinach and cook until it wilts, about 2 minutes. Add bacon and stir.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the skillet. Top with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for 25 mins.
  • Remove from heat and let cool before serving.
  • Optional: Serve with avocado and hot sauce.

Notes

  • 1 serving size is ¼ skillet (160 grams)
  • This recipe is gluten-free.
  • To make DF: Use dairy-free cheese. 
  • To meal prep: This recipe is meal-prep friendly! Make recipe as instructions indicate. Cut into 6 pieces and store in air-tight container until ready to heat up and enjoy. 
  • To track on MyFitness Pal, search “Jordo’s World Easy Bacon & Cheese Frittata”

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g
Recipe Rating




Sandra Sakofske

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Loved this one for the family. We had all the ingredients, so gave it a try and it was a hit. Thanks!

Joan

Saturday 19th of November 2022

Perfect timing today for breakfast. We are omelette people. This was just so easy to assemble and pop in oven and forget until timer goes off. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your post. Hope you and AL have great weekend.