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Spaghetti with fried eggs, courtesy of Mark Bittman

This is an incredibly simple recipe that anyone can make with almost nothing in the pantry. Use rice or corn noodles and it’s also gluten free. The recipe comes from Mark Bittman and was published in the NY Times.

Spaghetti with Fried Eggs. 

Yield: 2 or 3 servings

Time: 20 minutes

Intro: ” Here’s a quick and delicious pasta dish to make when you have little time, and even less food in the house. All you need is a box of spaghetti, four eggs, olive oil and garlic (Parmesan is a delicious but optional addition.)”

Featured in The Minimalist: Pasta from the Pantry



1/2 pound thin spaghetti

6 T extra virgin olive oil or lard

4 eggs

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese (optional)


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Start the sauce in the next step and start cooking the pasta when the water boils.
  2. Combine garlic and 4 tablespoons of the oil in a small skillet over medium low heat. Cook the garlic, pressing it into the oil occasionally to release its flavour; it should barely colour on both sides. Remove the garlic and add the remaining oil.
  3. Fry the eggs gently in the oil, until the whites are just about set and the yolks still quite runny. Drain the pasta, and toss with the eggs and oil, breaking up the whites as you do. (The eggs will finish cooking in the heat of the pasta.) Season to taste and serve immediately, with cheese if you like.