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Vegetable Frittata

Vegetable Frittata 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Jan 4, 2019

Consider this recipe a weapon in the fight against food waste, because it will take in almost any vegetables overstaying their welcome in your crisper. Replace the mushrooms, kale and onion here with about 3 cups of whatever ingredients you need to use up.

You can also toss in any type of cheese you have instead of the pecorino.

To read the accompanying story, see: When money is tight, I turn to my kitchen — and the cuisine of my Italian roots.

Make Ahead: Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 4 servings

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 ounces red potatoes, cut into small dice (unpeeled; 1 cup)
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into small dice
  • 2 large kale leaves, leaves and stems separated and finely chopped
  • 3 ounces sliced button mushrooms (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ounce pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (1/4 cup)
  • 4 large eggs, beaten


Position a rack about 4 inches from the broiler element in your oven; preheat your broiler.

Add half the oil to a well-seasoned 8-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes; partially cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until they are just starting to soften and brown. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, the onion, the kale stems, mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring to coat. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the kale leaves and cook for 1 minute, or until just wilted.

Stir the garlic, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, the pepper and half the cheese into the eggs. Pour that mixture over the vegetables in the skillet and stir briefly to incorporate. Reduce the heat to medium; cook, undisturbed, for about 5 minutes, until the edges appear set. Scatter the other half of the pecorino on top of the frittata.

Transfer the skillet to the oven rack; cook for 3 to 5 minutes, rotating for even browning, until the frittata is cooked through and browned on top. Watch closely so the frittata does not burn.

Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing and eating.

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From food writer and cookbook author Joy Manning.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick and Lisa Cherkasky.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 270

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 21g 32%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 195mg 65%

Sodium: 480mg 20%

Total Carbohydrates: 9g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 11g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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