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A Frittata for Brunch

A simple and delicious Italian egg dish that can be customized in an infinite number of ways!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Lunch, Sunday Brunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • cast iron pan or oven proof baking dish


  • 8 large eggs or 10 medium eggs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese or meltable cheese of your choice
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp olive, avocado or vegetable oil for frying

Filling As Shown

  • 1 Italian sausage cut up into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 red or green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional Filling Ideas

  • 1/2 cup salmon or shrimp
  • 1/2 cup spinach or rapini
  • 1/2 cup chopped ham, pancetta or guanciale bacon
  • 1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup zucchini or summer squash
  • 1/2 cup broccoli or rapini
  • 6 stalks of asparagus
  • 1/2 cup chopped canned artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas

Fresh Herbs to Taste

  • chives, basil, oregano, dill, fennel leaves, cilantro, flat leaf parsley


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs with milk and salt.
  • Prepare filling ingredients and fry in a cast iron pan or heavy oven proof backing dish over medium high until tender and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour egg mixture over cooked filling ingredients and let cook without stirring for about 6-8 minutes, or until cooked half way through.
  • Top with grated cheese.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes or until eggs are completely set and cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • Top with fresh herbs of your choice. Serve immediately with buttered toast or grilled bread and olive oil.


There are so many different fillings that you can use in a frittata, you don't need to stick to the options I've given. You can give it a Mexican flavour with cumin, cheddar and black beans or you can make an Asian version with bok choy, Chinese sausage, green onions and a kick of chili oil. The only rule is that the ingredients should be cooked and seasoned before the eggs are added. Be creative!
Keyword eggs, italian, breakfast, lunch, sunday brunch