Pasta fritters

blog frittersThis is an easy (and yummy) way to get rid of leftovers and turn them into a “new dish”. Grab some spaghetti or angel hair pasta lurching in the bottom of a bowl, all your veggies in the bin, a few eggs, and make fritters!


  • 1 cup of cooked pasta such as angel hair, chopped into small sticks
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions or green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley or other fresh herbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste (3 cloves of garlic mashed with salt)
  • salt, pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • 4 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1/4 cup flour or breadcrumbs
  • oil to pan-fry the fritters (about 2 cups)+olive oil to stir-fry the veggies and pasta

1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, pour 1/4 cup of olive oil. Pan-fry the onions, then the veggies, then the pasta till golden-brown for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic paste and season, stirring to combine evenly. Cool the mixture. Add the chopped parsley. Mix in the eggs and flour. 

2. Heat the oil in another skillet and drop the fritters one heaping tablespoon at a time; fry on both sides till crisp and golden and serve immediately. 

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  1. Gabi
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    what a great idea. It never crossed my mind to use pasta leftovers for fritters. Will be testet :-)

  2. Posted August 19, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    They look fantastic and extremely appetizing!



  3. Posted August 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Des beignets délicieux. Aucun doute la-dessus.
    Je note la recette.
    A bientôt

  4. Posted August 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I love your idea of using left-over pasta in fritters! Such a wonderful idea and delicious way to use the wonderful zucchini growing in the garden right now.

  5. Posted August 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Pure magic Joumana,

    Completely ingenious and what a GREAT way to use up the bric and brac that often ends up in those itty bitty containers all over the fridge. I’m coming back for this one for sure! Hope you are well dear. Loved seeing your Dubai pics.

    ciao Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  6. Posted August 21, 2014 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    They have turned out so appetizing and moreish! A great use of leftover pasta.

  7. Cryp
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi, here in Naples this is a traditional food, it’s called “frittata di maccheroni” (pasta omelette). Just to let people know! :)

  8. Joumana
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    @Cryp: Thank you for the info; it is also made in Iraq with vermicelli pasta.

  9. Posted August 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Great idea. I love vegetable fritters but never thought of adding pasta bits…. Perfect for lunch.

  10. Posted August 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm…I never seem to have left-over pasta around here. Perhaps I’ll make extra next time so that I can make some of these tasty looking fritters.

  11. Posted August 27, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Your fritters sound great. I always save leftover pasta and this sounds like a new and delicious way of using it. Karen (Back Road Journal)

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