Tuscan Tomato Poached Eggs

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Author Notes: In Italy, eggs are often served as a main course and not for breakfast. This recipe is a favorite from my cooking school in Tuscany. We serve it right in the pan it is cooked in and with lots of bread to not waste any of the fabulous sauce.divinacucina

Serves four

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
  • 1 birds-eye chili pepper, or chili flakes
  • 1 can tomato sauce, unseasoned
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, chives or parsley
  1. Cover the bottom of a skillet with extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add the sliced garlic and chili.
  3. Heat until garlic is just golden.
  4. Add canned tomatoes, crushing with the back of a spoon.
  5. Add salt.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Turn down heat and add eggs, removed from shell, letting them carefully slide into the sauce.
  8. Cover pan and let the eggs poach until the whites are firm.
  9. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and serve.

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about 1 year ago divinacucina

you can use canned san marzano tomatoes and cook them until they break down, i prefer the chunkiness. Tomato "sauce" is faster--- as for how much-- depends on how many eggs you cook and how much sauce you love! for my husband and i i do a small can of tomato sauce for 4 eggs in a small skillet ( probably 9 inches)


about 1 year ago Andrea

When you say, "1 can tomato sauce", how big a can do you use? 28oz or smaller?


almost 6 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

The original recipe is called "eggs in purgatory" and comes from Naples. I recently prepared it for a baker's dozen friends and actually did bake it but it does require quick plating so that the yolks don't set to hard. I used a deep sheet pan for the sauce in a 400 degree oven.


almost 6 years ago vvvanessa

looks wonderful! eggs+tomato sauce+a little spice+lots of bread= a favorite meal of mine!


almost 6 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Quick question: do you mean tomato puree or tomato sauce?