• Fried Pasta

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    Fried Pasta
    Prep: 10 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 1
    by kathy vegas
    192 recipes
    So what do you do when you have too much leftover pasta? Fried pasta! Fried noodle cakes are popular in a number of cuisines, particularly in Asian cooking. When cooked pasta is fried it becomes crisp and toothsome. Asian noodle cakes typically don’t use a binder; in this Italian-inspired recipe a bit of breadcrumbs, a beaten egg and parmesan cheese is added to cold leftover cooked pasta. Exact proportions are not important and the pasta can be fried in smaller cakes or one large cake the size of your frying pan. Add-ins are also optional but herbs, a bit of leftover cooked, chopped meat or other types of grated cheese all produce interesting results. Here I’ve used leftover pasta from my prior recipe, Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs ( but any plain, cold, cooked pasta is perfect.


    • Leftover cooked, cooled pasta or noodles (any shape or size)
    • ½ to 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
    • ½ cup parmesan cheese
    • 1 beaten egg
    • oil for pan frying


    1. Preheat a few tablespoons of oil in a non-stick saute pan over medium heat. While the pan is getting hot combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
    2. When the pan is hot add the pasta to the pan in the size desired, flattening slightly, and fry on both sides till golden brown.
    3. Serve plain, with pasta sauce or extra cheese.

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    • madonna del piatto
      madonna del piatto
      very authentic! we make this in Italy all the time, followed by a green salad makes a great quick lunch
      • Claudia lamascolo
        Claudia lamascolo
        wow this sounds great my family will love this!
        • Frank Fariello
          Frank Fariello
          Sounds yummy! Too bad we NEVER have leftover pasta... lol!
          • Putter
            This dish is good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!


            • ShaleeDP
              Fried pasta is something new... might try it
              • redkathy
                Nice idea!

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