Last night, I made one of my favorite quick-and-easy dinners – spaghetti with a fried egg on top.
Look at the egg, melting the cheese, the yolk ready to burst and coat the pasta with its gooey yellow goodness!
This is a ridiculously easy meal to prepare. I hope you’ll give it a try the next time you want to have eggs and pasta (two of the best foods ever) at the same time. This also makes a delicious breakfast.
Recipe (serves 2):
What you need:
- 4-5 ounces of whole wheat thin spaghetti
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- Light, trans-fat free margarine
- 6-8 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped (I like a lot of garlic!)
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 large eggs
- Salt and pepper, to taste
How to do it:
- Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente. While the pasta is cooking, toast the garlic with the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over low heat. Don’t let the garlic turn brown – cook until just fragrant. Right before draining the pasta, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and toss with the garlic. Add 1 Tbsp. of margarine to the cooked pasta and toss to coat. If the pasta seems dry, add some of the reserved pasta water. Cover to keep warm.
- Heat another 1 Tbsp. of margarine in the nonstick skillet and fry the eggs, sunny-side up. The yolk should still be runny, but the whites should be cooked through. Season the cooked egg with salt and pepper.
- Plate the pasta and sprinkle with the chopped parsley and parmesan cheese. Place the fried egg on top of the pasta.
- Dig in!
This meal is crazy cheap. I used about 50 cents’ worth of pasta, 50 cents’ worth of eggs (cage-free, omega-3, vegetarian-fed), and about $1.00 worth of cheese, oil, margarine, garlic, and parsley. That means that this meal cost about $1 per plate! Hooray for cheap pasta and eggs!
If you are wondering about the health benefits of eggs… well, remember “The Egg Song“? If not, watch the video, and I can guarantee you’ll be singing about eggs for a week. If you’re looking for something a bit more scientific, wikipedia says of eggs, “They supply all essential amino acids for humans, and provide several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, riboflavin,folic acid, [[vitamin B6]], vitamin B12, choline, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They are also an inexpensive single-food source of protein. … The egg is one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.” These are just a few reasons why – I love egg!