Sunday, September 26, 2010

Eggs in puttanesca sauce

I cannot overemphasize the value of quality staples in your pantry, fridge, and freezer.  Sometimes you are out of what you really want or don't feel like eating what you planned.  Having good goods is good.

Using eggs (which last a long time in the fridge) and a quality jarred sauce, I had a good meal.  I had some frozen veggies, too, but they were just good veggies.  Nothing to write home about.

Eggs in puttanesca sauce

Serves 2


6 eggs
2 cups Trader Joe's puttanesca sauce
2 tbsp parsley, chopped (optional)


Use a large shallow nonstick saucepan with a lid.  I used a deep skillet and covered it with a pizza pan. Improvise.

Bring the sauce to a simmer.  Once it's simmering, crack an egg into a small bowl.  Using a spatula, make a depression in the sauce and carefully slide the egg into the hole.  Repeat with all eggs.  Cover the pan and simmer until the yolks are set as the way you like.  It took about 5 minutes for a solid yolk over here.

Scoop each cooked egg onto a bowl or rimmed plate.  Spoon the sauce over the eggs and top with parsley, if desired.


Choose your sauce

Of course, you don't have to use Trader Joe's puttanesco sauce, you can use any tomato based pasta sauce you like.  We don't all have a Trader Joe's nearby.  All fancy markets, like Whole Foods have good jarred sauces, and even the everyday supermarkets have excellent sauces that are healthy.

There are so many sauces to choose from, so what do you look for?

  • Tomatoes as the first ingredient
  • organic ingredients
  • olive oil (or canola, I guess)
  • stuff you like to eat, like olives, cheese, meat, sausage, garlic, onions, peppers, mushrooms.

  • sugar(s) high on the list of ingredients
  • soybean oil
  • corn oil
  • too many unpronounceable ingredients

Things that make people put the jars back on the shelf, but shouldn't
  • Tomato sauce or puree vs whole tomatoes
  • a pinch of sugar is okay, even if not necessary.  Make sure it's low on the list of ingredients, though
  • Even if sugar is not listed on the ingredients, you will see sugar on the nutrition label.  Do you know that tomatoes, peppers, and onions naturally have sugar.  That's where it's coming from.
  • Fat - fat is good.  Just make sure it's from a healthy source like olive oil or meat


  1. I love it. Especially the bit about jars and cans. When I fly over I will teach you the magic of home canning.

  2. Thx x 10^6. I was looking for a recipe to use some leftover puttanesca sauce to make dinner for my wife, who is on a low-carb diet - she loved it!


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