Agretti aka Salsola soda

Agretti and goat cheese frittata recipe


First things first, to make this agretti frittata recipe we might have to clarify what agretti really are. Their technical name is Salsola Soda. “Agretti” (aka “Monk’s beard” in Italy) are crunchy chives-shaped leaves, that grow along the Mediterranean coast. They have a really nice texture and a salty-lemony flavor. They are really unique.

In addition, to make them even more uncommon and impossible to find, they are available only for few weeks at the very early stage of spring.

You can eat them boiled and seasoned with some oil and lemon, or with spaghetti. I often prepare this frittata with them and some cheese. Especially with goat cheese.

Agretti and goat cheese frittata

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Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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Healthy and quick weeknight meal ready in 20 minutes.


  • 200 g / 1 bunch agretti

  • 2 eggs

  • 30 g / ​1⁄4 cup goat cheese

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt

How to

  • Clean very well your agretti (see notes).
  • Heat a pan with a tsp of extra-virgin olive oil. Add the agretti and let them cook on medium heat by mixing often for 5 minutes.
  • Beat the two eggs with a pinch of salt.
  • Add the egg to the pan once the agretti are cooked.
  • Let the frittata cook covered for 5 minutes, then add the goat cheese in thin slices.
  • Let the cheese melt and serve hot.

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How to clean your agretti for the frittata

This plant lives in the soil and that is why it is particularly earthy. The first step is to soak them for a few minutes in fresh water to eliminate the excess soil. Then with the help of scissors or a knife remove the roots at the base. Wash again and here you have the clean leaves ready for cooking.

Moreover, agretti contain lots of minerals including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. They also have good amounts of vitamins, in particular vitamins of group B and beta carotene, precursor of vitamin A.

Looking for other easy healthy meals with lots of veggies?

Check out this Vignarola dish with all the spring veggies (to be paired with shrimps or to eat alone!) or this Salmon stir-fry noodles packed with all the greens!

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