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Sicilian Eggs In Hell Recipe Uova in Purgatorio
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Sicilian Eggs In Purgatory (Uova in Purgatorio)

Sicilian Eggs In Hell, eggs in purgatory or Uova in Purgatorio, rustic Italian eggs cooked in a spicy arrabiata tomato sauce with parsley pesto drizzle.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Florentina


  • 4 c arrabiata sauce
  • 8 eggs organic
  • 3/4 c parsley pesto
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes + more to taste
  • 1/4 c pine nuts toasted
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of coarse sea salt
  • leaves basil for garnish optional


  • In a large skillet heat up the olive oil and arrabbiata sauce over medium low flame. Once it starts to simmer try making tiny wells in the sauce with a wooden spoon.
  • Crack and drop the eggs in each of those wells. Allow them to gently simmer in the sauce until the egg whites have set around the yolks, about 5 minutes. If you want the top part to steam a little as well, just cover the pan for the last minute of cooking, making sure to keep an eye on it as eggs cook very fast.
  • Remove pan from heat and season with the sea salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Just before serving drizzle the parsley pesto all over the top and sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts and basil.
  • Serve with charred pieces of garlic bruschetta or over a bed of creamy polenta.