Eggs in (Pasta) Purgatory

This is my favorite way to utilize extra leftover pasta. It’s the perfect comfort food, especially during the winter.


  • Olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • About half of a box of pre-cooked pasta of your choice
  • About half of a jar of pasta sauce of your choice (can be precooked if you’re using leftovers)
  • Extra: cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, sausage, ground beef, etc.
  • Red pepper flakes and other seasoning of your choice

Estim. Prep & Cooking Time: 20 mins.


  • Pour a thin layer of olive oil into a skillet (determine skillet size based on how much pasta you’re using. If it’s overflowing you won’t have much room for the eggs).
  • Stir in pre-cooked pasta with the olive oil. Usually, I use leftover pasta with whatever sauce I used the night before, that has already been mixed together. If there isn’t enough sauce to keep the mixture in the pan liquidy, I add more sauce. If I’m out, I add olive oil or a little broth.
  • If you have the time/ingredients available, you can chop up some cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, or sausage (whatever you have!) and add it to the mixture.
  • Sprinkle in red pepper flakes or your desired seasoning to give the sauce some spice (this is the “purgatory” part).
  • Heat on medium, stirring occasionally, until the mixture sizzles.
  • Use a ladle to make 2 indentations in the sauce, for the eggs.
  • Carefully crack an egg into each indent, and reduce heat to medium low.
  • Stir the pasta and sauce a little, but not too much so you don’t disrupt the eggs cooking or accidentally break a yolk. The pasta on the bottom will get a little crispy and will be delicious.
  • To help the eggs cook, since they’ll be slower to do so than the pasta, you can cover the pan with a lid, checking the eggs every few minutes. I like mine a little runnier and I usually don’t let the white cook over the yolk because I like to see that #yolkporn in my photos. Let them cook to your desired firmness, then remove from heat.
  • Let cool, take photos, post to IG and tag me!
  • And then I usually enjoy this one straight from the pan.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. mylifeasishan says:

    looks delicious


  2. Megan Wright says:

    All of your recipes and photos are amazing and make me hungry! Keep posting beautiful creations please. 😊


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