Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie


by Oct 18th, 2010 // Breakfast, Recipes, Veggie Friendly

Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie

Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie

Long before I was a mom I loved my weekends for a different reason. Sleeping in, lazing around the house in my jammies, reading the newspaper and meandering out of the house for brunch sometime around noon.

Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie

There were several brunch restaurants in regular rotation. Waiting in line without restless kids was never a problem. One of our regular stops was a restaurant called Hugos where my order would alternate between the Pasta Mama (pasta scrambled with eggs, garlic, parsley and cheese) and the Pumpkin Pancakes.

Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie

It’s been years since I’ve been to Hugos. So much has changed since that time, but I can still remember the taste of that Pasta Mama like it was just yesterday. And I still love brunch.

Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie

I still love it because I love spending the morning alternating between racing Hot Wheels and whisking eggs while my kid and I reinvent recipes. The Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie is no exception. Now for the recipe…

Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 30 mins

2 to 3 servings leftover spaghetti (we used multi-grain angel hair)
1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli, blanched
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Gruyere or mozzarella)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large eggs
3/4 cup lowfat milk
salt and fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute onions in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Drain off any excess oil and set aside to cool. Run pasta under a bit of hot water to un-stick it and let drain. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Add broccoli cheese and onions. Add pasta and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 9 inch pie dish and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 25 to 30 minute or until egg is set and top pieces of pasta are slightly crunchy and brown. Remove from oven and let rest before slicing. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie

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17 Comments on “Pasta Mama Breakfast Pie”

  1. 1.) Bianca
    October 18th, 2010

    This looks so good!

  2. 2.) danielle
    October 18th, 2010

    I am definitely making this – it looks great!

  3. 3.) Jill
    October 18th, 2010

    my Prudent Kitchen Advice ~ Kids won't starve themselves, and they are not always the same amount of hungry. Cook what you love, enjoy good food and trust that when they've been served something enough times they will try it. You might end up with a 5 year old who's favorite food is lettuce wraps and a 3 year old who begs for mushrooms. (yep ~ I'm pretty proud of that one=)

  4. 4.) Karen
    October 18th, 2010

    Advice: Never put tomatoes in the fridge-it kills the flavor.

  5. 5.) marisa
    October 18th, 2010

    I am definitely making this! Thanks!

  6. 6.) Dana
    October 18th, 2010

    Pasta Mama from Hugo's is my all-time favorite breakfast. I love that you made this! I will be trying it for sure.

  7. 7.) tryityoumightlikeit
    October 18th, 2010

    This looks wonderful! I've started making whole-grain pasta and no one has complained yet.

    My advice: Don't throw out a block of cheese because it's got mold on a corner of it. Cut off the moldy part and the rest of the cheese is still good.

  8. 8.) Stevee
    October 18th, 2010

    Man. I cooked scrambled eggs for Joleen this weekend. I need to step up my game.

  9. 9.) hilarym
    October 18th, 2010

    My husband is crazy for the Pasta Papa at Hugos. So delish. I use a recipe similar to this to clean out the fridge. Any veggies about to turn the corner, go into the dish.

    Advice: anything can be wrapped in a tortilla and called tasty!

  10. 10.) Mariela
    October 18th, 2010

    Advice:Mommy knows best until you can make it better ! 

  11. 11.) Donna
    October 19th, 2010

    This looks good – another bookmark for me.

    Advice: if you give it a funny name, your kids are more likely to eat it. Which sounds better, plain old pesto, or Green Monster Pasta?

  12. 12.) Kristen
    October 19th, 2010

    This reminds me of a really lemony version I make…very bright flavor and perfect springtime food. :) I will have to try this version!

    Advice: Always keeps frozen veggies on hand. They have such a better flavor than canned, and if you're out of fresh produce, they will work in a pinch!

  13. 13.) Megan
    October 19th, 2010

    My advice: food tastes better on a colorful spoon.

  14. 14.) Marlis
    October 20th, 2010

    My advice #1 Never soak or wash anything eggy (esp. raw) with hot water as it turns into instant cement.

    # 2 Insititute the 1 bite rule. One bite of even something they don't want to try, after that they don't need to keep eating it for that meal. After a while (and yes it took 5 years with my son LOL) they'll learn to love it!

  15. 15.) ctb
    October 20th, 2010

    This recipe looks delish – I think I'd add some finely diced carrots to the mix – & maybe mushrooms for a grownup version?

    My tip is to add lots of finely chopped/minced veggies (esp. carrots) to things like pasta sauce & taco filling for extra flavor & vitamins – & sweet Italian parsley is a great nutrition booster in many dishes.

    & another is to dilute juices by approx. 1/3.

    & a compost pile & garden is great relief, when you have kids around – I don't feel guilty about wasting food when something gets left on a plate; leftover milk is a great fertiliser.

  16. 16.) Misty sedehi
    October 20th, 2010

    Advice: when you make cookies, always double the recipe and freeze half. Then when company comes over, you'll always have homemade cookies on hand.

  17. 17.) sdsd74
    October 25th, 2010

    This was delish!

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