Italian Baked Eggs


Consider a baked egg dish like this one for a hearty brunch entree that’s ready in 25 minutes. After baking toasting some mozzarella over a crusty baguette, you’ll brown turkey sausage in a skillet, then sauté onion and garlic. That creates a deep, flavorful base for the tomato sauce (a can of crushed tomatoes with fresh oregano). Simmer the sauce a bit, then crack four eggs directly over the sauce and bake until set. That last step, throwing the whole pan in a warm oven, takes just under 10 minutes, which leaves the perfect amount of time to pour coffee or orange juice and set the table.

Italian Baked Eggs
Photo: Jen Causey
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 serves


  • 1 baguette, halved and sliced lengthwise

  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 ounces low-moisture mozzarella, sliced into 8 pieces

  • 12 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed

  • 1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh oregano, plus more for serving

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 large eggs

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet; brush with the oil and top each with 2 pieces of the mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and light golden brown, about 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, occasionally stirring, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F.

  4. Break the eggs into the sauce, leaving space between them. Sprinkle with pepper. Transfer to oven and bake until the whites are set and the yolks are still soft, 7 to 9 minutes. Top with oregano. Serve in bowls with mozzarella toast.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

610 Calories
26g Fat
57g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 610
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Cholesterol 266mg 89%
Sodium 2146mg 93%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 37g
Calcium 322mg 25%
Iron 6mg 33%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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