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. This Frittelle di Spaghetti (Spaghetti Fritters) is from the Jamie’s Italy book and I am so glad I tried it. Now, I always a little pasta left over so I can make this again and again.

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

Got leftover spaghetti?

If you enjoy spaghetti as much as we do, these Frittelle di Spaghetti 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. 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 deep 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

How I made the Frittelle di Spaghetti (Spaghetti Fritters)

Either use left over spaghetti or make some fresh but just boiling in salted water. Using a kitchen knife, cut the long stands to half so it is easy to handle. Add eggs to bind and dried herbs for flavors. Then carefully place in a hot pan using a tong. Take little attention so you can place the noodles in a beautiful swirly fashion.

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Spaghetti Fritters

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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


  1. Boil pasta for about 8 minutes in salted water.
  2. 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.
  3. Add boiled pasta to the bowl and give it a mix using a fork or a tong.
  4. Pour two tablespoons of oil in a pan and heat it.
  5. 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.
  6. Once done, sprinkle some salt and lemon pepper(optional) on top. Serve hot.

Spaghetti Fritters : Sunshine and Smile

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  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    January 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM

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

  • Vishakha
    January 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    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!!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    January 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    These fritters are so fun, gorgeous photos!

  • Reem
    January 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

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

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    January 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

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

  • Mallika
    January 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    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.

  • Rose Magpies Recipe
    Rose Magpies Recipe
    January 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

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

  • anita menon
    anita menon
    January 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

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

  • Rosa
    January 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM

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



  • Colette
    January 23, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Damn, those fritters sure look gooood!

  • Arch
    January 23, 2013 at 2:52 AM

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

  • indugetscooking
    January 23, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    The photos are stunning. You have outdone yourself!

  • thyme (Sarah)
    thyme (Sarah)
    January 23, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    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
    January 23, 2013 at 4:58 AM

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

  • Vijitha
    January 23, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Aw! I am loving the first pic the most.

  • mjskit
    January 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    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!

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    January 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

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

  • dishesfrommykitchen
    January 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    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
    January 23, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Absolutely stunning pictures ….have to try it now

  • Radhika@JustHomemade
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    January 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

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

  • Mina Joshi
    Mina Joshi
    January 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

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

  • Sia | Monsoon Spice
    Sia | Monsoon Spice
    January 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    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
    January 23, 2013 at 10:12 AM

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

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

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

  • priya
    January 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Gorgeous post both recipe n photography…needless to say

  • Lawyer Loves Lunch
    Lawyer Loves Lunch
    January 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    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.

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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

  • Anna @ CCS
    Anna @ CCS
    January 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

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

  • Sylvie @ GitK
    Sylvie @ GitK
    January 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous, both the food and the photography!

  • Abbe@ThisIsHowICook
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    January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    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
    January 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

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

  • Radhika Vasanth
    Radhika Vasanth
    January 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

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

  • wok with ray
    wok with ray
    January 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

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

  • Nandita
    January 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

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

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    January 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

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

  • Pia
    January 25, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

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

  • A farmer in the dell
    A farmer in the dell
    January 25, 2013 at 8:10 AM

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

  • foodwanderings
    January 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Now that’s an idea. So pretty! 🙂

  • Deepa
    January 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

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

  • Richa
    January 25, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    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!

  • Ella-HomeCookingAdv
    January 26, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    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:)

  • spicecounter
    January 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

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

  • Luisa Brimble
    Luisa Brimble
    January 27, 2013 at 8:15 PM

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

  • Amanda@ChewTown
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    January 28, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    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
    January 28, 2013 at 2:01 PM

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

  • erin @ yummy supper
    erin @ yummy supper
    January 29, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    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
    January 30, 2013 at 5:28 AM

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

  • Phil & Chloe
    Phil & Chloe
    February 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Banging! iF ONLY i HAD PARSELY

  • Suja Md
    Suja Md
    April 19, 2013 at 6:20 AM

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

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