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Cast iron skillet with spicy Italian tomato sauce and poached eggs, garnished with parmesan cheese and basil. Served with a side of Italian bread.



Comfort food or the perfect brunch recipe? Either one, this skillet of spicy tomato sauce, silky poached eggs, and Parmesan cheese is a satisfying way to start an easy Sunday morning.  Serve with Italian bread toasts for sopping up the luscious sauce.



2 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

¼ cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes, chopped or crushed

1 tablespoon butter

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

4 large eggs

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Crusty Italian bread, cut into slices

Fresh basil, julienned for garnish


In a large oven-proof skillet, preferably cast iron, warm the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the red pepper flakes. Stir into the oil and allow to cook until fragrant. Add the garlic and onion.  Cook, stirring constantly until the onion becomes translucent, about 4-5 minutes.  

Stir in the Italian seasoning, salt, and chopped tomatoes with their juice.  Bring to a simmer. Use the back of your spoon to crush the larger pieces of tomato and allow to cook for 20 minutes.  

Stir in the butter and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese.  Cook another 5 minutes.

Once the sauce reduces down a bit, use the back of your spoon to make 4 indentations in the sauce.

Crack the eggs, one by one, into a small ramekin or bowl.  Gently slide the egg into the divots on top of the tomato mixture.

Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and the black pepper over the eggs.

Partially cover the skillet with a lid and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Check to ensure that the whites of the eggs are completely cooked and set, but the yolk is still runny.

Remove the skillet from the heat.  Garnish with a sprinkle of basil leaves.

Serve hot with slices of Italian bread.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian

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