If Breakfast Pasta Is Wrong, We Don't Want to Be Right

January 31, 2018

On the days where you barely have time to think about (much less plan for) dinner, you want something simple, done-in-15, and tasty. Basically, you want spaghetti. So take that idea and flip it to the a.m., the mornings where you’re just as fuzzy and tired. Why wouldn’t you want spaghetti then, too?

In her new book, Food for Life, boxing champion and food enthusiast Laila Ali makes an argument for pasta breakfasts.

“Like many kids, my two little munchkins love pasta at all times of the day,” she says. “When you think of it, it’s not much different from eggs and toast.”

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Instead of red sauce or pesto, Ali developed a recipe that combines eggs, turmeric, and a little cheese for a more breakfasty spin. For her version, simply beat eggs, then sauté with butter and cooked noodles until everything’s coated, about 3 minutes.

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“Growing up I remember our dad’s favorite was cold spaghetti for breakfast. Didn’t get that craving but I must say I do love cold lasagna!😄”
— BerryBaby

“If you have spaghetti leftover from dinner, you can put it to good use here, and feel free to use any type of pasta, from fettuccine to elbows or spirals,” she says.

Even if you don’t have leftover noodles, boiling pasta can be just as quick as making oatmeal or poaching eggs. Personally, I'm thrilled to have another speedy, savory breakfast option in my repertoire. Here are some of the noodles I’m planning on eating bright and early:

Have you made pasta for breakfast or is it blasphemy? Share thoughts in the comments!

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MarieGlobetrotter February 3, 2018
In Belgium, my grand father often used to eat pasta for breakfast with butter and beige sugar called cassonade. Apparently it was quite common in Belgium and northern France. For those of you who under French :
BerryBaby February 1, 2018
Growing up I remember our dad’s favorite was cold spaghetti for breakfast. Didn’t get that craving but I must say I do love cold lasagna!😄
Regine February 1, 2018
Or with cut up hotdogs.
Regine February 1, 2018
Spaghetti stir-fried in oil or butter with onions and tomato paste or ketchup, and sometimes some herring, is popular for breakfast in Haiti. Reminds me of my childhood.
Catherine L. January 31, 2018
I frequently eat cold leftover pasta for breakfast. Big fan.
Panfusine January 31, 2018
Far from blasphemy.. its a standard beloved breakfast in traditional South Indian cuisine. we call it Semiya Upma - fillini/ capellini/ vermicelli pasta toasted and cooked down with your choice of vegetables.