Eggs in Purgatory with White Beans

Eggs in Purgatory with White Beans is an easy, hearty dish that’s just as delicious for dinner as it is for breakfast! This recipe uses pantry ingredients to create a comforting and healthy dish you’ll love.

What is Eggs in Purgatory?

Eggs in Purgatory (Uova in Purgatoria) is a Southern Italian dish made of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce. The mention of purgatory in the name refers to the bubbling spicy tomato sauce. This dish is easy to prepare and made with many pantry staples you might already have on hand. In this heartier version, I’ve added white beans to round out the recipe. The addition of beans makes this recipe perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Eggs in Purgatory with White Beans ingredients.

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Eggs in Purgatory Ingredients

Olive oil and garlic: The start to so many delicious dishes!

Fresh or dried red chilies: I like using fresh red chilies, but you can use red pepper flakes instead.

Crushed tomatoes and tomato paste: I like the texture of crushed tomatoes for this recipe and tomato paste helps create depth of flavor.

Fresh oregano and fresh basil: I love using fresh oregano in the sauce if I have it, but you can substitute dried instead. Plenty of fresh basil over the top of the dish adds incredible flavor. Don’t skip it!

White beans: I usually reach for cannellini beans, but any canned white bean will do.

Eggs: The star of the show!

Pecorino Romano: I LOVE Pecorino, but if you prefer Parmigiano go ahead and use that!

Ciabatta: You can use any crusty bread, but ciabatta really works best if you can find a good loaf. Toast up a few slices and use them to sop up all that sauce and eggy goodness!

Eggs in Purgatory with White Beans with toasted bread dipped into the eggs.

Recipe FAQ

Is this dish the same as Shakshuka?

Shakshuka and Eggs in Purgatory are similar in that they both involve poaching eggs in tomatoes. These dishes differ in their flavor profiles, however.

Can I skip the white beans?

Yes. Eggs in Purgatory is usually made without white beans but I LOVE this version and I hope you give it a try!

How to store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days but are best eaten right away.

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Eggs in Purgatory with White Beans in a pan. Served with toasted bread.

Eggs in Purgatory with White Beans

Eggs in Purgatory with White Beans is an easy, hearty dish that’s just as delicious for dinner as it is for breakfast! This recipe uses pantry ingredients to create a comforting and healthy dish you’ll love.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 22 minutes

Total Time 27 minutes

Course Breakfast, Lunch, Main Course

Cuisine Italian

Ingredients  

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  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Fresh red chilies (or teaspoon red pepper flakes) minced
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (15 ounce) Can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Sprig fresh oregano (or teaspoon dried oregano) finely chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) Can Cannellini beans (or other white beans) drained and rinsed
  • 4 Large eggs
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Flaky salt to taste
  • Pecorino Romano grated, to taste
  • Fresh basil torn
  • Toasted Ciabatta (or other crusty bread)

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium. Add the garlic and chilies, cook until just fragrant. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and oregano and season with salt to taste. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  • With the back of a spoon, make 4 small divots in the sauce and pour an egg into each one. Cover the pan with a lid and lower the heat to medium low. Cook until the egg whites are set and the yolks are somewhere between runny and jammy, about 5 minutes.

  • Season the eggs with black pepper and flaky salt. Top with Pecorino and plenty of fresh basil. Serve with toasted ciabatta.

  • Enjoy!

Keyword Italian eggs, poached egg, Spicy tomato sauce

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