Bacon, Gouda, and Spinach Frittata

A moist and flavorful frittata full of bacon and gouda. And spinach! And onions! Totally healthy, not to mention easy. A great breakfast or dinner option.

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I totally just had to google how to spell frittata. You win some you lose some, right? I suppose it could be worse. On my SENIOR high school exit exam, one of the oral questions was how to spell the word “believe.” Not joking.

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Eric and I went to a festival in San Francisco last week called Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Free music, greasy food, and lots of really, really drunk people. Always entertaining, especially for the sober people (us).

We wanted to go because we are borderline-obsessed with Ryan Adams, who was headlining. My favorite song ever is a collaboration with him and Norah Jones. Plus we danced to this song at our wedding. (I swear I’m not depressed you guys. Sometimes sad songs are really just the best thing ever though.)

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Yes, that is the only shirt I own.

We had a great time at the concert but realized afterward that the friends we went with (who hadn’t pushed as far up as we did) were totally bored. And I was forced to recognize the truth: Ryan Adams is an amazing musician, but apparently really bad at talking. Into a microphone, at least. If you ever get the chance to see him, take it, because this guy’s harmonica skillz are off the hook. I just looked, Eric and I own 20 of his albums. 20! If that’s not a strong recommendation I don’t know what is.

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Back to the frittata. I think frittatas are a totally overlooked breakfast option, especially if you are making breakfast at home. What’s the worst part about homemade breakfast? Flipping a thousand pancakes, waiting for the waffle iron for the 7th time. (I always burn the last waffle because I am busy eating. A.l.w.a.y.s.) You only have to cook one frittata, and unlike other baked egg dishes, it cooks in about 10-15 minutes.

That’s because you cook it on the stove, then broil it in the oven. Cast iron skillets are your friend.

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Frittatas have all the diversity of an omelette without the annoyance of being individual. I added a bunch of bacon and gouda to mine because that’s what sounded good to me, but you can change up this recipe however you like, or according to what’s in your fridge. Heck you could even individualize it for picky family members. (No mushrooms on half, for example. Once you pour on the egg mixture, you don’t stir, so it would be easy to do that, just like toppings on pizza.)

Bacon, Gouda, and Spinach Frittata

Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 9 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, packed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup green onion, 1 tablespoon reserved
  • 1 cup gouda, shredded


  1. Preheat your broiler. Move the rack to about 5 inches from the flame.
  2. In an 11 inch cast iron skillet, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chopped red onion and continue to cook until the bacon is crispy and the onion is tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl or with a whisk, combine 9 eggs, salt, pepper, and milk. Beat well. Set aside.
  4. Remove the bacon and onion to a paper-towel-lined plate and set aside. Spoon out most of the bacon grease, leaving about a tablespoon in the pan. (Discard the excess grease, or save it for another use.)
  5. Add the 4 cups spinach to the pan. Cook and stir for about 1 minute, until the spinach starts to wilt, then add the minced garlic.
  6. When the garlic is just starting to brown and the spinach is wilted, spread the spinach out around the pan so it is evenly distributed. If you don't have the rest of the ingredients ready to go yet, turn off the heat.
  7. Sprinkle the bacon and onion mixture evenly over the spinach.
  8. Sprinkle 1/3 cup green onions over the bacon. Sprinkle the gouda evenly on top.
  9. Pour the egg mixture on top. Cook uncovered over medium heat for about 6-7 minutes (see Note), until the edges start to set.
  10. Use hot pads to transfer the skillet to the preheated broiler. Broil the frittata for 2-3 minute until browned and almost set. Don't walk away!


You don't have to use an 11-inch skillet to make this. If you use a smaller skillet, just increase the cook and bake times.

Source: The Food Charlatan

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4 cups of spinach may sound like a lot but look how much it cooks down!

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Green onions: nature’s ombre. Bacon: God’s love.

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This is the frittata right before going under the broiler. It should be starting to set on the edges.

You might like these eggalicious breakfasts too!

Baked Veggie Egg Cups:

Baked Veggie Egg Cups

 Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole:

Eggs Benedict Casserole (Overnight)

Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche:

Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche

More frittatas from friends:

Pizza Frittata from Minimalist Baker
Spinach and Red Pepper Mini Frittatas from Rachel Cooks
Fritaffles from Real Food by Dad





  1. says

    I agree – frittatas are my favorite easy (but super fancy looking) brunch/breakfast/anytimeofday food. I especially love that it doesn’t have crust to deal with. Also – you had me at bacon. Maybe if Ryan Adams passed out bacon strips at his shows, people would look past the speaking into the microphone thing.
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  2. says

    1) SO true about spelling frittata. I never remember whether the two t’s come first or second.
    2) YES!! I totally hear you about flipping pancakes or waiting for the last waffle. Even with the keeping-everything-warm-in-the-oven trick, I still can’t do it. Need. Carbs. NOW!
    3) You had me at bacon. And then again at gouda. LOVE this girl!!
    4) Pinned, like always! ;)
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  3. says

    “Green onions: nature’s ombre.” <– UGHHHHH you are so clever I can't stand it!!!!! And so freaking funny, I'll even read your posts with meat in them, purely for the entertainment value. I can't believe you had to spell believe for your high school exit exam. Talk about HILARIOUS.
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  4. DebM says

    Had this tonight. It was fantastic. The only change I will make in the future is to up the spinach. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Sarah says

    I have this on the stove right now! And it smells like breakfast heaven. So easy too, frittatas are SO underrated. And why do I always forget about Gouda??

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