"The combination of eggs in a spicy tomato sauce is made all over the world, like shakshuka in Isreal and uovo in purgatorio in Italy," says the chef and author of the cookbook Rocco's Keto Comfort Food Diet. "It's delicious in any language!"

By People Staff
July 08, 2020 10:32 AM
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Jennifer Causey

"The combination of eggs in a spicy tomato sauce is made all over the world, like shakshuka in Isreal and uovo in purgatorio in Italy," says the chef and author of the cookbook Rocco's Keto Comfort Food Diet"It's delicious in any language!"

Rocco DiSpirito's Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Ricotta & Spinach

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 1/4 cups finely diced yellow onion (from 1 large onion)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper

3/4 tsp. fine sea salt, divided

1/2 tsp. black pepper, divided

2 cups packed fresh baby spinach

2 cups crushed canned tomatoes (from 1 [28-oz.] can)

4 large eggs

1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. Preheat oven to broil with rack positioned 5 inches from heat source. Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet or a heavy-bottomed broiler-safe pan over medium high. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in oregano, thyme, red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Stir in spinach; cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Reduce heat to medium, and let mixture come to a simmer. Remove from heat.

2. Make 4 small wells in mixture in skillet; crack 1 egg into each well. Dollop ricotta onto sauce around eggs.

3. Transfer skillet to preheated oven. Broil until egg whites are just set and yolks are still runny, 5 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve.

Quick tip! If you can't find crushed tomatoes at the store, buy tomato puree instead. "It can sub for all tomato products in any recipe, including this one," says DiSpirito.

Serves: 4

Active time: 25 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes