Baked Eggs in Spicy Sauce

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So… winter’s here, huh? When I went out to my car yesterday morning, it was 3 degrees. Three! And that was before the windchill. Unacceptable.

This weather makes me want to curl up in a blanket, drink buckets of hot tea, and watch Law & Order reruns all day. Things I don’t feel like doing? Getting dressed, leaving the house, and cooking. To be honest, I don’t even really feel like eating… unless I’m handed something steamy hot and spicy, cheesy, or creamy.

I made these baked eggs last weekend, and they’re perfect for this time of year.  The eggs are poached in spicy tomato sauce and garlicky spinach until the yolks are deliciously creamy and the sauce is piping hot, then topped with just enough feta to add a little saltiness. Be sure to have plenty of warm bread on hand, because you’ll want to sop up every last drop of sauce.

A word of warning though: once you try these, they’ll be the only thing you want to eat.

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Baked Eggs in Spicy Sauce

The flavor of this dish really hinges on the sauce, so be sure to use a good one. If you happen to have homemade sauce, now would be the perfect time to break it out. I don't have the patience to make good sauce so I use Victoria's brand Fra Diavlo, which has a great flavor and is easy to find.[br] I use 3 cup ramekins for this because they're the best size that I have. They're a little larger than necessary and the deep shape means the egg will take a few extra minutes to cook. If you use smaller dishes, start checking your eggs after about 8 minutes.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic smashed
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Water
  • 2 cups good-quality Fra Diavlo Sauce

Crushed Red Peppers

  • 4 large Eggs

Cracked Black Pepper

  • 1 ounce Feta Cheese crumbled
  • Warm bread for serving


  • Heat oven to 350*F.
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant and beginning to brown. Add the spinach and water. Stir, then cook until just wilted.
  • Ladle 1/2 cup sauce into each of two 3-cup ramekins or small, oven-safe bowls. Stir in the spinach; top with remaining sauce. Season to taste with crushed red pepper, if desired.
  • Carefully crack 2 eggs into each ramekin (to be safe, crack into a saucer first to prevent broken yolks). Season with black pepper. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the egg whites are just set. Sprinkle with feta; broil 3-5 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown and the eggs are cooked to your liking.
  • Serve with warm bread to sop up the extra sauce.


8 Points+.

All nutrition information is an estimate and may vary based on the brands of ingredients you use.

By on January 25th, 2013

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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11 thoughts on “Baked Eggs in Spicy Sauce”

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  2. I feel you girl! I made something similar to these last January but without the extra spice…bad move on my part. That extra heat is definitely necessary!

  3. This is my kind of after-work meal, especially with some bread to dip in it!

  4. Funny you should mention breaking out your homemade sauce–I’ve started to crack open the jars I put up in the fall. Meaty spaghetti sauce, crushed tomatoes, and tonight, because it’s Friday and Pizza Night, salsa verde. I have no Fra Diavlo sauce, so I’ll pick one that I do have and doctor it up.


    • Oh yeah, you could totally doctor up the crushed tomatoes or one of the plain sauces. I’m so jealous that you sauce put up – it’s one thing that I’ve really never figured out how to make well.

    • I’ve seen similar dishes called either shakshouka or eggs in purgatory, but I’m not sure what (if anything) the differences are 🙂

      • I love this dish, I am new to baked eggs! Shakshuka is typically made (and served) in a skillet with a lot of sauce. I feel like these really highlight the egg and shakshuka showcases the sauce. I’m a big fan of egg dishes, especially for those special Sunday Morning Family Breakfast’s so I will be sure to put these on our family menu.

        If you’d like to check out my shakshuka recipe, I posted it earlier this week.


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