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Herb, Ricotta, And Zucchini Frittata

Sometimes it slips our mind to share the most iconic recipes with you because you forget that they’re worth mentioning. That’s not to say we think classic recipes are junk but more so that some recipes are so part of our cooking DNA that we assume we’ve already shared a recipe. 

Case in point? We didn’t have a recipe for a Paloma Cocktail or Focaccia until very recently. Another such recipe is a frittata! The open-faced egg dish is to Italy what scrambled eggs are to France — simple, classic fare that can be heavenly when done right. 

I never put pen to paper for a frittata recipe until I sat down to write Keys To The Kitchen Cookbook. That’s because I’ve always memorized a sort of formula for frittata: 8 large eggs, beaten together with a handful of grated cheese and cooked on the stovetop, then in the oven in a 9-to-10-inch pan.

But, once I started developing the recipe, I realized I had a lot to say about what does (and doesn’t) make a good frittata. That’s not to say that a frittata should ever be overly complicated or that it’s hard to make but more so that a few key tips will make your frittata go from good to great.

Zucchini Ricotta And Herb Frittata With Prosciutto Recipe

What Is The Origin Of Frittata? 

Though you don’t see frittata on many Italian restaurant menus, it is a decidedly Italian dish. It’s a recipe that gets made when you are trying to use up leftovers, make a quick breakfast, have a simple dinner, or even to treat a hangover! The history of the frittata is a bit murky, but it’s believed that it came from the Persian egg, spinach, and herb dish known as kuku

The difference between classic egg dishes like a French omelet or a Spanish tortilla comes down to technique more than anything else. A frittata is commonly cooked in a pan and then flipped over to finish or put under the broiler for something that resembles more an open-face omelet than anything else. 

Tips For Making Frittata

Honestly, making a frittata is pretty simple, but here are a few tips to make it even easier and more delicious: 

  • Plan on 2 eggs per person!
  • Always add a grateable salty cheese for flavor!
  • Make it ahead and serve it cold or at room temperature
  • Start cooking it on the stove, then finish it under the broiler for easy cooking
  • Don’t overcook it! You want it to have eggs that are creamy and custardy!
  • Keep the balance of filling and eggs about 50/50 for a good balance (so it all holds together)!

Types Of Frittata

Seriously though, the types of frittata are endless! For classic breakfast flavors, add in potatoes and spinach; for Spring flavors, combine asparagus, peas, and goat cheese; for summer, make this Zucchini, Ricotta, And Herb Frittata With Prosciutto recipe version here; for Fall, combine sweet potatoes, herbs, and feta; and, for winter, make the mushroom and chard version in Keys To The Kitchen Cookbook.

What To Serve With Frittata

Zucchini Frittata With Ricotta Mint and Basil

Finally, we have to discuss this specific frittata recipe because it’s a crowd-pleaser! It is made by folding together sautéed onions, browned zucchini, and a mix of basil and mint for a savory, sweet, healthy-ish frittata that works as well at a brunch as it does as a weeknight dinner.

The caramelized onions can be skipped if you don’t have time, but they add many flavors. And the zucchini with the mint is directly inspired by the classic Neapolitan dish Zucchine Alla Scapece where fried zucchini pieces are marinated with vinegar, mint, and garlic for a surprisingly simple but memorable side dish.

Here we skip the vinegar but still have that magic combo of mint and zucchini happening. If you want to make it even quicker, you can simply slice the zucchini thin and skip sautéing them — promise me one time you’ll make it fully as written, so you get the full flavor!

Oh, and the genius idea of topping it with prosciutto and cheese? I read somewhere that chef Nancy Silverton did that, and have been adding it whenever I want to make the frittata more of a one-stop meal. 

Now go stock up on all your cooking essentials, head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Zucchini, Ricotta, And Herb Frittata With Prosciutto Recipe

Zucchini, Ricotta, And Herb Frittata With Prosciutto Recipe

This Zucchini, Ricotta, And Herb Frittata With Prosciutto is an easy recipe for a classic Italian frittata loaded with golden onions, sautéed zucchini, ricotta, mint, and basil!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 195 kcal


  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese plus some shavings of cheese for garnish (optional)
  • kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 or 3 medium zucchini ends trimmed and discarded, remainder thinly sliced into coins
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/2 medium yellow or white onion halved lengthwise then sliced crosswise into quarter moon shapes
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves minced just before using, plus a few extra leaves for garnish
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves minced just before using, plus a few extra leaves for garnish
  • 4 to 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto or jamón, for garnish (optional)


  • Make The Frittata Base: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and a crank of black pepper until the yolks are just incorporated. Meanwhile, place the zucchini in a fine-mesh strainer then toss them with a large pinch of salt.
    Set the sieve in a bowl and set aside at least 5 minutes and up to 2 hours so they can let off some water. Use a clean towel to pat the zucchini dry and rub off some of the salt. 
  • Make The Sautéed Onions: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 9-or-10-inch large frying pan over medium-low heat until shimmering. Add the onion, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is golden brown, about 12 minutes.
    Stir in the garlic and cook another couple of minutes until the whole mixture is golden brown. Turn the onion mixture into the eggs and stir to combine. Return the pan to the stove. 
  • Make The Sautéed Zucchini: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the large frying pan over high heat and, once the oil shimmers, add half of the zucchini. It should sit in one layer in the pan so that they get brown and don't steam. Let the zucchini cook undisturbed for a few minutes, then flip when they're golden brown.
    Let cook until the zucchini is just soft on the second side (they don't need to get color) and remove them to a paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet. Repeat to cook the remaining zucchini. 
  • Cook The Frittata: Once the zucchini are all cooked add them to the egg mixture along with the ricotta and the herbs and stir until everything is evenly combined but you still have a few chunks of ricotta. 
    Wipe out the pan and return to the stove. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Arrange the rack in the oven in the upper third and heat the broiler to high. Once the oil shimmers pour in the egg mixture. Cook until the outer 2 inches are beginning to set. Run a spatula around the edge to make sure the frittata is not sticking to the sides of the pan. 
  • Place the frittata under the broiler and, keeping the door ajar and constantly keeping an eye on it, and broil until the top is just set (it should no longer be liquidy but it should jiggle a tad bit still in the center), about 3 minutes. Remove the frittata from the broiler and set aside 5 to 10 minutes before serving. 
  • Serve The Frittata: Run a spatula around the innner edge of the pan and then slide the frittata onto a large plate or serving platter. Top the frittata with a few pieces of prosciutto, a few shavings of cheese, a handful of herbs, and a crank of black pepper and serve immediately. 



Serving: 1servingCalories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 10gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 167mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 444IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 1mg
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