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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.

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 [1] where my order would alternate between the Pasta Mama (pasta scrambled with eggs, garlic, parsley and cheese) and the Pumpkin Pancakes.

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.

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.

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[1] Hugos: http://www.hugosrestaurant.com/

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