Hilary's Heavenly Eggs

Hilary's Heavenly Eggs

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2010

This unusual combination of eggs braised in tomato sauce served on crusty bread is out of this world. Also try it over angel hair pasta. Serve with: Steamed broccolini.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 ounce pancetta, chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups prepared marinara sauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 slices whole-wheat country bread, toasted


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  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and pancetta (if using). Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and beginning to brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. 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 contained (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. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with Parmesan and pepper.
  3. To serve, top each slice of toasted bread with an egg and sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 298 calories; 15 g fat(3 g sat); 5 g fiber; 30 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 46 mcg folate; 190 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 1,177 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 149 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 800 mg sodium; 542 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (24% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 11

December 18, 2013
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By: sammebuck
Different, but good This dish sounded interesting...so I gave it a try. Followed the recipe except used cooked, chopped bacon instead of the pancetta and added it after the onion/garlic cooked. It was tasty, good flavor, we were a little disappointed that the eggs were so overpowered by the marinara. I would make it again, it's an easy to prepare supper. Pros: Easy, quick, simple ingredients Cons: Egg gets overpowered by the marinara
March 06, 2013
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Just OK From the great reviews I expected more. I realize that its eggs but there was nothing very interesting about it. Just tasted like eggs with a jar of sauce on them. I added the pancetta and could not taste it. I think I will stick with Huevos Rancheros for my mid week egg meal. Pros: Quick weeknight meal Cons: Nothing interesting
November 28, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
try adding beer to the tomatos My ex MIL made her Italian eggs like these, using beer, chopped tomato's, peppers & onions I use the cans of diced tomatoes with onions & garlic & add peppers. The beer really adds to the flavor. We like them with fried or hash brown potato's or pasta. Pros: good for dinner or anytime.
October 26, 2011
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By: valjax
Yummy Delicious! Midnight Snack! Smelled YUMMY while I was cooking it, it sounded so good when I read the recipe I knew I had to try it out right NOW! It's midnite ;) I had no marinara but used a can of Italian flavored diced tomatoes, mmmmmmm. It's even a tiny bit sweet. This will be a recipe I put in my recipe box and pass around to my older kids for their boxes. THANK YOU!! Pros: Reminded me why I needed to get my cast iron skillet back out, acidic tomatoes brings out more iron and I need more of that! Cons: NONE?
October 23, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Very Tasty Very surprised how delicious this was. My 11 year old son and I made it together in no time at all (it was a good recipe for a beginner cook) and everyone enjoyed it. Highly recommended for a quick weeknight meal. Pros: Quick, easy Cons: None
August 22, 2011
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By: jupett
Shakshuka! This is a quick and easy version of an Israeli dish called shakshuka. This version is a great weeknight dish that can be pulled together from pantry staples. Love when I don't have to shop on the way home from work. Pros: Fast, easy, yummy
March 21, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Glad I tried it This was unusual, but I figured, people eat eggs with ketchup-- why not marinara? I'm glad I tried it. I overcooked the eggs the first couple times (I usually eat scrambled) but then I got it down. This was really flavorful and I will be making it again and again!
August 24, 2010
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By: kbaccali
This really was a great, easy and very tasty dinner! I took the advice to make some hashbrowns on the side and I also did not use the pancetta. I did use a spicy tomato basil sauce to add some bold flavor to the mix and i really just lined the bottom of the pan with the sauce so it wouldn't be too overwhelming. I also only added some olive oil and fresh minced garlic before the sauce. Overall although it may not look traditional I proved my skeptics wrong and they can't wait for me to make it again!
July 25, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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