Eggs, Red Sauce and Toast



And heavenly they were.

Eggs truly are one of nature's perfect foods.  I know I've said it here before, I love having eggs for dinner and this recipe makes it that much easier.

Full of flavor, these eggs braised in marinara and slathered on toasted, crusty bread were out of this world.  The fresh basil really heightened the flavor so don't leave that out.  In fact, don't leave anything out, as all the ingredients made this into one tasty, quick and easy meal.

Again, I am always surprised at how lovely just a few good ingredients can come together and make something so wonderful to eat.

I hope you try it.


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and pancetta.  Cook, stirring occasionally until soft and beginning to brown.  Add garlic, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds.


Reduce heat to medium-low.  Add marinara and adjust heat to maintain a simmer.  Crack an egg into a small bowl, taking care not to break the yolk.  Make a well in the sauce roughly large enough to hold the egg and slip it in so that the yolk and most of the white is constrained (some white may spread out).  Repeat with the remaining eggs, evenly spacing them around the pan.  Sprinkle the sauce with basil; cover and cook until the eggs are the desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium-set, 8 to 10 for set.  Remove from the heat and from the heat and sprinkle with Parmesan and pepper.


To serve, top each slice of toasted bread with an egg and sauce.  Serve immediately.


I normally prefer my eggs runny, but this was for my son and he prefers his eggs intact.  Any way you make it, these eggs will taste delicious.

Eggs, Red Sauce and Toast

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ounce pancetta, chopped
2 cups prepared marinara sauce
4 large eggs
6 large basil leaves, torn into small pieces
1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 slices crusty bread, toasted

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and pancetta.  Cook, stirring occasionally until soft and beginning to brown.  Add garlic, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Reduce heat to medium-low.  Add marinara and adjust heat to maintain a simmer.  Crack an egg into a small bowl, taking care not to break the yolk.  Make a well in the sauce roughly large enough to hold the egg and slip it in so that the yolk and most of the white is constrained (some white may spread out).  Repeat with the remaining eggs, evenly spacing them around the pan.  Sprinkle the sauce with basil; cover and cook until the eggs are the desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium-set, 8 to 10 for set.  Remove from the heat and from the heat and sprinkle with Parmesan and pepper.

To serve, top each slice of toasted bread with an egg and sauce.  Serve immediately.

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49 Comments

  1. Such a beautiful way to do brunch. Thanks for sharing this one! It will be made!

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  2. I make these and I love them – have never used pancetta (yet). Delicious!

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  3. dawn 3

    I absolutely love this idea…so easy and full of flavor…it’s what’s for dinner!! Tomorrow.

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  4. We just had breakfast for dinner, but I hadn’t seen this yet, so we just had boring scrambled eggs with our crepes and hashbrowns. Looks good!

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  5. Lisa Sipple 5

    Wow, those do look heavenly…yum!

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  6. With all the fresh eggs our hens are laying you KNOW I will be trying this~

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  7. Laurie 7

    I made these eggs last week only my recipe was called “Eggs in Hell.” Too funny. They really were heavenly in taste though.

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  8. julo 8

    Oh my word! That last picture. I am drooling all over my keyboard, literally. That looks amazing!I happened upon a flat of farm fresh eggs last weekend, so I’ve been frying up eggs left and right. I’ll have to try this! I’ve been eating them on rosemary olive oil bread that is to die for. Seriously

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  9. leslie 9

    Ummm yum! I would have never thought to prepare eggs like this

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  10. Cheryl 10

    Oh the deliciousness. Eggs ARE the perfect food…and those seem to be accessorized perfectly. ;

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  11. Julie 11

    This dish looks amazing…I never would have put those ingredients together either.

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  12. LilSis 12

    I’m going to have to try this. As much as I love eggs, I never would have combined them with a marinara sauce. With the pancetta and the fresh basil, this has to be amazing.

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  13. Ginny 13

    well that just looks divine… :)

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  14. sophia 14

    Heh, Veronica from Recipe Rhapsody emailed this link to me…she knows how much I adore runny eggs! I definitely would have my eggs runny….and that dish looks heavenly!

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  15. This looks amazing! Colorful and flavorful! Yum!

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  16. wow these look amazing~~we love eggs at our house..we need to try these!!

    sweetlife

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  17. Your eggs are cooked to perfection!! I’ve never eaten a recipe like this. It looks fantastic!

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  18. sharon 18

    I’ve never thought of making eggs this way, but next breakfast for dinner I’ll definitely be trying this!

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  19. grace 19

    runny, hard, flimsy, soft–i LOVE eggs. what a delightful preparation, and your photos are wonderful.

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  20. Joanna 20

    Wow, those look just fabulous! I’ll definitely make them this Sunday!

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  21. What a great brunch idea!

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  22. I want this. NOW.

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  23. Tammy 23

    I love eggs for dinner too! This is going on my ever growing list of Noble Pig recipes I must try!

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  24. I just love this recipe. And it is so easy since I have all the ingredients in the fridge, how perfect. Thanks for sharing.
    How do you get such lovely photos??

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  25. Jen 25

    This looks really delicious, and I like the idea of this for brunch or dinner! Thanks.

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  26. June 26

    I want some NOW too! Boy, these look fabulous – I’m going to try ’em for brunch this weekend. Thanks Cathy!

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  27. Marlene 27

    I was just beginning to get bored with eggs…this will combat that. Making this tonight!

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  28. dawn 28

    I love these types of breakfast meals for dinner too as you never get that ‘crash’. All healthy, all good. I will save this one, thanks for sharing.

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  29. Bob 29

    I love the idea of eggs cooked in tomato sauce. Looks fantastic!

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  30. Pamela 30

    This reminds me of my Spanish relatives’ version of pisto. Tomato, zucchini, onions, garlic, olive oil, served with a fried egg and hard bread. Simply delicious.

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  31. Debbie 31

    That egg is perfect. I like them the same way your son does….so tasty!

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  32. These look delicious!

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  33. You have made the perfect dish. It is so easy. I will have to try this and share with my students.

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  34. Lena in VT 34

    Oh this sounds awesome, I love eggs for dinner too.

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  35. Charles 35

    Your photos of these look amazing. I grew up in Texas with a very similar version we called huevos rancheros. Sauteed onions, chiles and garlic then tomato sauce and poach the eggs. Served over tortillas or toast. Yummy.

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  36. You had me at the onions and pancetta!

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  37. Marjie 37

    Great idea! I prefer my eggs runny, too. This would be great for my dearly beloved, who loves tomato juice with/on his eggs, especially when scrambled.

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  38. I love meals like this and your lobster roll is killing me- love those things and need to have one soon!

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  39. Mary 39

    Ah, ha! I see we are working off the excesses of the lobster rolls :-). The eggs look and sound wonderful. Better still, they are easy to do.

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  40. Pam 40

    Bookmarked – I may just try these eggs this weekend. They look so delicious.

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  41. Could your pictures be any lovelier?? Confession: I was inspired to finally try out a similar recipe I’ve had for my own blog. SO satisfying.

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  42. Melynda 42

    We had eggs for breakfast also, chunky tomato and black bean “sauce” with eggs cooked in it, YUM!

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  43. Those eggs are totally tempting, yum!

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  44. Those look quite yummy.

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  45. Lydia 45

    Your photos are jumping off my screen — beautiful eggs!

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  46. Well, put back the cereal, this is what I’m having for Sunday brunch!

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  47. Not too sure about this one. I like eggs, but only certain ways. For some reason, eggs and certain foods make me sick. I know….wierd.

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  48. Larian 48

    The last picture is especially gorgeous. I appreciate the detail of the membrane on top of the yolk. Lovely.

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  49. jon 49

    oh mannnnn that was goood.

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