Fried Pasta


So what do you do when you have too much leftover pasta? Fried pasta! Fried noodle cakes are popular in a number of cuisines, particularly in Asian cooking. When cooked pasta is fried it becomes crisp and toothsome.

Asian noodle cakes typically don’t use a binder; in this Italian-inspired recipe a bit of breadcrumbs, a beaten egg and parmesan cheese are added to cold leftover cooked pasta. Exact proportions are not important and the pasta can be fried in smaller cakes or one large cake the size of your frying pan. Add-ins are also optional but herbs, a bit of leftover cooked, chopped meat or other types of grated cheese all produce interesting results. Here I’ve used leftover pasta from my prior recipe, Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs but any plain, cold, cooked pasta is perfect.

Leftover cooked, cooled pasta or noodles (any shape or size)
½ to 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 beaten egg
oil for pan frying

Preheat a few tablespoons of oil in a non-stick saute pan over medium heat. While the pan is getting hot combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.

When the pan is hot add the pasta to the pan in the size desired, flattening slightly, and fry on both sides till golden brown.

Serve hot plain, with pasta sauce or extra cheese.

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  1. This site has got all that I was looking for, thanks, I will bookmark this.Cheers!!

    • Diana
    • March 10th, 2013

    About 15-20 years ago, in northern Saginaw, Michigan, across the street from Kohl’s, there was a restaurant. It was open less than a year. They served a bowl of crunchy, salty, spiral pasta. We loved that appetizer so much, we went there just for that, although the food was good, too. I’ve never found a recipe for those. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?

    • This sounds a lot like what we used to do years ago when I worked in a kitchen after the restaurant was closed…we’d drop the leftover pasta in the deep fryer, fry until crisp, drain well and season with parmesan cheese. It was a great way to use leftover pasta and really tastes great. Goes great with a cold beer, too. Not sure why it’s not done in restaurants more often.

        • Diana
        • March 10th, 2013

        This sounds very much like what it was! I thought a shame not to find it in a restaurant or recipe since then. Can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but they also served wood-fired pizza. Delicious! Thank you!

  2. this looks fabulous delicious, tasted i like it . keep it up

  3. Can you get any more amazing than this who has ever tried doing something so unique an awesome! Only Las Vegas Adventures wow!

  4. This looks so delicious! I’ve never tried frying pasta, but yours look wonderful. I must try this soon!

    • Vegetable Matter
    • February 15th, 2010

    Those look great. They kind of remind me of latka’s, but with noodles instead of potatoes. Great way to use pasta in a different way.

  5. Oh wow, what a unique recipe. That is such a great idea. I would love to try it.

  6. Um. I think I love you.

    ..this is amazing.

  7. Nice photos and a great way to use up leftover pasta (I always make too much!).

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