Frittelle di Spaghetti (Spaghetti Fritters)

Spaghetti Fritters : Playful Cooking


It was a beautiful bright day with tiny fluffy clouds floating around in the blue sky. I sat by the window with a book, covered the feet with my purple throw and enjoyed the sunlight as it warmed my cheeks. I was reading Jamie’s Italy and was lost in his words. He spoke about his experiences in Italy and how he adored the Italian’s love for food. I scribbled notes as I flipped the pages and regretted a little for not trying out certain dishes during our short stay in Rome. But thanks to all these amazing books, which always help home cooks like me create any dish any time we want and even if it might not be perfect, it can still be savored with pleasure.


After gawking at so many Italian dishes for the whole afternoon, I decided to prepare pasta for dinner until I reached the page that read Frittelle di Spaghetti or in plain English, Spaghetti Fritters. My prior intention to avoid oily food for the day was gone for a toss as I rolled up my sleeves and fried some of these golden swirly crispy bites. We gobbled it with hot ginger tea. Loved it. Over the weekend, we made it again and washed it down with some Pinot Noir. Total yum!


Next time, I plan to serve it on top of a flavorful broth, just how Jamie had it in Sicily, and I am sure it will make a fantastic dinner.


Spaghetti Fritters : Sunshine and Smile


If you enjoy pasta as much as we do, these fritters would make you very happy! It’s not deep-fried and is extremely easy to create with very minimal prep time. You know those days when you are looking for an easy, quick appetizer so you can concentrate more on the main course? Well, this could be the one!


All you need is spaghetti and some fresh herbs for the flavor. And if you don’t have any pasta at home, try any kind of thin noodle of your choice and smack it up with the spices or herbs you like. Do not over fry it; just two minutes on each side should be enough.


Just like any other fritters, serve it hot immediately after you fry it.


Whole-Wheat Spaghetti : Sunshine and Smile


Parsley : Sunshine and Smile


Spaghetti Fritters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: approximately 20 fritters

Spaghetti Fritters

Quick and easy pan fried fritters made with whole wheat spaghetti. Recipe adapted from Jamie's Italy cookbook


  • 3 oz whole-wheat spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • zest of half lemon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly cracked pepper
  • oil for pan frying
  • salt


  • Boil pasta for about 8 minutes in salted water.
  • While the pasta is boiling, crack egg in a bowl and whisk. Then, add garlic, chopped parsley, oregano, chili flakes, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice and mix.
  • Add boiled pasta to the bowl and give it a mix using a fork or a tong.
  • Pour two tablespoons of oil in a pan and heat it.
  • Using a fork or a tong, take little bit of the spaghetti mixture and drop it to the hot pan. Fry it at a medium high heat for about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Once done, sprinkle some salt and lemon pepper(optional) on top. Serve hot.


Spaghetti Fritters : Sunshine and Smile

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i love the pic with them stacked! it looks crispy and filling and amazing

Vishakha says:

Pasta lover’s dish, this sure is!:) Absolutely love how you’ve played with the DOF to highlight the fritters. The green from the parsley is such a gorgeous contrast! Pure beauty!!

What lovely pictures, like the sunshine kiss on each click!

These fritters are so fun, gorgeous photos!

Reem says:

Your pictures just added the crispiness of the spring to the air.
Really Pretty! As always.

Beautiful fritters! Jamie’s Italy is my most favourite cookbook!

Mallika says:

Wow Kankana, those are beautiful looking fritters. They look so delicious that I am almost at the verge of biting my screen monitor now! Italian food has always been a hot favourite of mine and Jamie’s Italy has been a book I’ve wanted to buy for long, but couldn’t. Glad you’ve posted this recipe here.

Breathtaking pictures K! So cute these look, I will HAVE to try them 🙂

Haven’t seen lovelier pictures Kankana! GIfted you are. The fritters look delicious. Such a unique idea.

Rosa says:

Your pictures are stunning and these frittelle look wonderful! Your posts are always refreshing.



Colette says:

Damn, those fritters sure look gooood!

Arch says:

Oh wow, this is really new – never heard of spaghetti fritters! Looks like such a happy sunny day from your pics.

The photos are stunning. You have outdone yourself!

I have never seen these delicious looking appetizers. They look like so much fun. I’ll bet it was wonderful to visit Rome and then cook something from their amazing country!

Meeta says:

We love these too. It reminds me that we have not made them in a while. Lovely images Kankana!

Vijitha says:

Aw! I am loving the first pic the most.

mjskit says:

Now this is different! I’ve never heard nor seen pasta fritters! Of course with your lovely pictures, you do make them look absolutely delicious, but so does the recipe. Definitely something to experiment with!

Such pretty pictures! Can’t say I’ve ever had pan-fried spaghetti but I love all the ingredients that went into making these. 🙂

I love this …. Jamie’s Italy cookbook is my favorite too… You know I missed going to Sicily this time cos of time constraints but we enjoyed eat lot of stuffs in Naples.. Still lot of post abt Italy is pending in my space 🙁 Lovely clicks Kankana and you know Italian food is always hot favorite :):)


simi says:

Absolutely stunning pictures ….have to try it now

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Have never tried spaghetti fritters, sounds too tempting to not try!

Mina Joshi says:

Wow ..the fritters look amazing. I have never cooked spaghetti in this way. I will have to give it a try.

Absolutely stunning photographs, Kankana! I’ll have to come bk again to read the write-up n recipe as now I am far too busy admiring your creativity 🙂

Veena says:

Hi Kankana..
First time to ur blog ….No words to express ..became a huge fan of ur photography ..keep up the good work ..

Kankana says:

Welcome Veena and thank you very much for your kind words! 🙂

priya says:

Gorgeous post both recipe n photography…needless to say

These look fantastic! We are huge spaghetti fans and I’m sure we’d be huge fans of fried spaghetti 🙂 I can’t wait to see how they look served in a broth.

The Frittelle looks amazing. We are pasta lovers and do a baked versions of these. The photos are stunning!

Anna @ CCS says:

Only you can make spaghetti fritters look so elegant. Stunning styling!

Absolutely gorgeous, both the food and the photography!

These look like they could be perfect appetizers dipped in a yummy tomato sauce. Or served as the base for a lovely chicken dish. Truthfully, they just look mouthwateringly delicious!

Soma says:

One of your best photographs so far. Love the recipe too.. but this photographs are staying with me for ever. So well done Kankana!!

Your pictures have made me crave for this. Beautiful K.

This is absolutely beautiful, Kankana. It is just as lovely as the day when you took that shot. Gorgeous!

Nandita says:

Beautiful post Kankana!! Loved all the pictures. The recipe is awesome 🙂

This is just stunning Kankana! I just love the bright, airy, refreshing photos…

Pia says:

I love spaghetti fritters, and yours look so good! One of the first things I ever cooked, a zillion years ago, was fritters with leftover Maggi 🙂

Kankana says:

I never tried that Pia, but I am sure it would be yum!

Oh wow! What a creative take on pasta. This sounds absolutely divine. The photos are mouthwatering!

Now that’s an idea. So pretty! 🙂

Deepa says:

The aerial view is looking so real, felt like taking from the screen. What a crunchy pasta !! Love the bright and pleasing clicks

Richa says:

i love the bright pictures.. esp since it has been all grey out here.. these pictures are bringing all tat sunshine into my room!:) the fritters sounds delicious!

Never thought to make Spaghetti Fritters:) What a great idea, I love spaghetti so I will really give this recipe a try, probably this weekend:)

Hi Kankana. The photos are lovely and the dish seems incredibly simple. I am definitely trying it!!

ooooohhhhhhhhhhhh spaghetti fritters… i would seriously not have thought of this. the kids will love it. ps. thank you for visiting.

These are so great! My mum used to make these with left over pasta growing up. Actually she used to fry up all kinds of left over pasta for breakfast the next day. There is nothing quite like fried pasta!

anh says:

ahh! So delicious! And the photos? Beyond beautiful! They are so artistic.

Kankana, That first photo stopped me dead in my tracks. WOW. Not only are the fritters irresistibly gorgeous – the setting, background, light, blur, texture = PERFECTION.

dassana says:

i did not get an fb update of this post. looks great, especially the fritters stacked. i have to try these soon.

Phil & Chloe says:


Suja Md says:

Wow…very innovative idea! first time landed here…love your blog!!!