Rating: 4.5 stars
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This is my ultimate comfort food, thanks to years of enjoying it as a child. While the flavors aren't sophisticated, they're satisfying. This basic dish is virtually fail-proof and is a great way to use up leftover pasta as a side or can be a quick meal in a pinch. In my family, it was served with ketchup, but feel free to jazz it up with your favorite vegetables for a nutritious variation.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
25 mins
10 mins
4 cups


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Spoon cooked pasta over the butter, without stirring. Season pasta with paprika, salt, and pepper.

  • Pour eggs over pasta and cook, without stirring, until eggs begin to set, about 2 minutes. Cook and stir eggs and pasta until eggs are nearly set, about 5 minutes. Cover skillet and remove from heat; allow to sit until eggs are set, 2 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If using leftover pasta, noodles can be added cold to the skillet.

If you wish to add fresh onion, garlic, or vegetables to the mixture, cook them in the butter before adding pasta to the skillet.

Dried herbs or spices can be added with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; protein 11.5g; carbohydrates 29.9g; fat 8.5g; cholesterol 193.6mg; sodium 92.9mg. Full Nutrition