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Don't let the fancy name fool you, this is a very simple recipe and the l'uovo fritto (fried egg) is the cherry on top. After making this recipe, I have to say - everything is better with a fried egg on top. I made this for din din last night and it is a recipe I reach for often. The key to this recipe (other than the fried egg) is the sauce - this roasted tomato crema.  I make a large batch of the sauce and refrigerate till I am ready to use. Having a batch of the sauce on hand makes this a fifteen minute recipe. Not to worry, even if you have to make the sauce, you will still have dinner ready in under forty minutes.

Roasted Tomato Crema

What you need (makes about a cup and half)

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Oregano
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup sirachi sauce
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 dried chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar

How To:

In a bowl, combine tomatoes, oregano, olive oil and a pinch of salt, toss together. Then transfer to a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees

Once the tomatoes are roasted, take out and let it cool for a few minutes. Put roasted tomatoes in a food process or blender (save the juice in the baking tray). Add garlic and puree. Then add sirachi sauce, cream and chipotle pepper and puree till you have a smooth consistency.

In a sauce pan, combine juice from roasted tomatoes with the puree, add brown sugar and pinch of salt (if needed). Bring to a light boil on medium heat. Take off heat and serve as you want - like with roasted corn or with spaghetti and fried egg.

Spaghetti and Fried Egg

  • 4 oz whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup of roasted tomato crema 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of parmeasean cheese
  • Knob of butter, optional
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to

Cook Pasta according to package directions, I like to cool it al dente, because it is going to cook further in the sauce.

In a sauce pan, scoop in 1/2 cup of roasted tomato sauce (if you are using refreigerated sauce like I did), then add a knob of butter. Toss sauce and cooked spaghetti , until the spaghetti is fully coated. Turn heat down to low and let it cook for two to three minutes.

Heat oil in skillet over medium low heat. Crack egg into a small bowl*. When oil is hot, add add to heated oil, gently, Season with salt and pepper. Cook till you have your preferred consistency.

Plate the pasta, garnish with parmeasean cheese and top with fried egg and serve

* crack the egg in a boil to make sure there are not shells in it before cooking.