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Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs

Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs is a combination that makes a fantastic breakfast and this delicious recipe is meatless, low-carb, low-glycemic, and gluten-free. Use Breakfast Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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This recipe for Tuscan Baked Eggs has tomatoes, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs. Doesn’t that sound like a combination that would have to taste good? Of course, I love eggs, and they’re something I cook several times every week. I’ve made a lot of baked egg dishes like breakfast casseroles or egg muffins, but eggs baked on a bed of tomato sauce was a new idea for me.

I confess, the desire to cook this was partly inspired by the two little casserole dishes I found at the thrift store, and they turned out to be perfect for individual servings. But even if you cooked it in a bigger dish to share with a few people, this would make an interesting and impressive dish next time you’re making brunch and want something that’s a little unusual.

Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Start by sauteing chopped red onions and garlic, then add a can of organic diced tomatoes and fresh thyme and simmer until the tomatoes are slightly thickened. If you have a microplane grater like this, I’d use it to get the finely grated fresh parmesan cheese to go on top of the eggs, because you’re only going to broil it a minute or so after you add the parmesan.

I put about 1/3 of the reduced tomatoes in the bottom of each of my little casserole dishes, saving the rest of the tomatoes to spoon around the eggs. (Next time I’d probably save a bit more.) Then carefully break two eggs into each dish, spoon the rest of the tomatoes around them and put into a hot oven for a few minutes. Here is where the picture taking broke down, and I’m not sure why I failed to get a photo of the eggs before I added the cheese and broiled for a few minutes. Maybe because I worried that the yolks were cooking more quickly than I wanted them to! You could also cook this whole dish in a broiler-proof saute pan, so read on for more details of two ways to cook this.

Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, with toast to dip into the eggs if desired.

More Ideas for Baked Eggs:

Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Baked Eggs in Avocado from White on Rice Couple
Broccoli, Ham, and Mozzarella Baked with Eggs from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Baked Eggs with Bacon, Spinach, and Mushrooms from The Perfect Pantry

Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs

Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs is a combination that makes a fantastic breakfast.


  • 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp. finely minced garlic
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes (I recommend good-quality organic tomatoes for this recipe.
  • 1 T chopped fresh thyme leaves (other herbs such as oregano or basil could be used, but I would not use dried thyme)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 T freshly grated parmesan cheese (or more)
  • 1 T chopped fresh chives (optional, but the chives were great in this)
  • Recipe Note: Because I wanted to use my individual casserole dish, I cooked the assembled dish for a few minutes in a toaster oven, then added the cheese and put it under the broiler. If you don’t care about making individual servings, you could partially cook the eggs in a broiler-proof saute pan with the tomatoes, then put that pan under the broiler. I’ll give instructions for both those options.


  1. Heat olive oil in saute pan over medium heat, then add red onion and saute 2-3 minutes, until the onion is starting to get soft but not browned. (Use a broiler-proof saute pan if you’d like to cook this entirely in one dish.)
  2. Add minced garlic, cook about 1 minute, then add canned tomatoes and chopped thyme.
  3. Simmer the tomato mixture until it thickens slightly, stirring a few times.
  4. This will take about 6-8 minutes.
  5. While tomatoes cook, preheat toaster oven to 450F (if you’re planning to cook individual servings) and pre-heat broiler (for individual casseroles or to cook in one pan.)
  6. When tomatoes are slightly thickened, remove about 1/3-1/2 of the tomatoes to a bowl.
  7. Spread the rest of tomatoes around the bottom of the saute pan or in two individual casserole dishes.
  8. Carefully break two eggs into each casserole dish (for individual servings) or four eggs into saute pan (to cook in one pan.)
  9. Spoon the rest of the tomato mixture carefully over and around the white part of the eggs, leaving the yolks showing. (It will not completely cover the whites.)
  10. If you’re cooking in the pan, cover the saute pan and let eggs cook in the tomatoes for about 3 minutes.
  11. If you’re cooking in individual casseroles, put casserole into toaster oven for about 5-7 minutes. (Whichever cooking method you’re using, the egg white should be turning opaque but the yolk should still be runny when you add the parmesan cheese and broil.)
  12. When eggs are partly done, sprinkle on parmesan cheese and put pan or individual dishes under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, until cheese melts and the top of eggs look like they’re barely starting to cook.
  13. Serve hot, either as is or with toast for dipping into egg


This could be 4 servings as part of a brunch with other dishes.

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking Make it Tonight.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Served alone without toast, Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs would be approved for all phases of the South Beach Diet and other types of low-carb and low-glycemic eating plans.

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    65 Comments on “Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs”

  1. Kalyn, wow, those look absolutely gorgeous. Love the step-by-step, too. A local restaurant that just expanded into serving breakfast is making something like this. Tagging to try ASAP. And I grow chives. 🙂

    P.S. I covet your baking dishes also.

  2. Josh will love these! He is an egg kind of guy:) Can't wait for tonight!

  3. Lydia, those little casseroles were a real score, only $1 each at the thrift store!

    Katerina, me too! It was the casserole dishes that finally pushed me into trying them.

    Kathleen and Joanne, thanks. I really liked how this turned out.

    Winnie, tomato sauce in scrambled eggs sounds good to me, need to try that!

    Dara, you'll be getting invited to the party when my house is finally done!

    Cora, aren't they good.

    Melissa, I am a rabid fan of Fine Cooking! Love all their recipes. I don't think I've had a bad one ever.

    Kathryn, thanks. The idea of reducing the canned tomatoes with some other flavors worked out so well. I added the onion and left the herbs in for a bit more flavor.

    Burp and slurp, next time I'll definitely watch more closely to keep the yolk very runny!

    Italian Dish, thanks! That's my new office with the great light for photos. I'm loving it. Feel very lucky to have such a good place to work!

  4. I love, love baked eggs! These look great, Kalyn – your photo is great! I usually do mine with some pesto, but I love tomatoes and I will have to try this one!

  5. I love baked eggs! They get this really awesome texture, but it's so easy to over-bake the yolk, that is my worst fear!

  6. What an absolutely lovely dish Kalyn. I make baked eggs quite regularly, but never with such a rich and delcious looking tomato sauce base. Love the few chives you've sprinkled on top as well. I'll be trying this out very soon.

  7. I have so been wanting to make this. I LOVE that issue of Fine Cooking. I bought it about 6 weeks ago and have made 8 recipes from it. It's marvelous.

    Thanks for showcasing this one and pushing me to cook it. I've never had eggs on tomato sauce either but it just looks good. I'd have to do the one pan method, so thanks for the tips.

  8. I recently made baked eggs for the first time too, and thought they were delicious. I like the herbs – so many possibilities I can see with this method. Love it!

  9. What a colorful dish! And what a great flavor combination. I'm going to show up at your house for brunch one day!

  10. This looks fabulous!
    I've been known to add tomato sauce to basic scrambled eggs but this looks much yummier!

  11. Egg dishes are my go-tos for quick, easy meals when I am starving and want dinner ASAP. I've never had baked eggs and these look beautiful.

  12. This looks wonderful!

  13. Baked eggs have been on my list to try for awhile. Thanks for the reminder.

  14. This is the type of dish I love to make for dinner, with a green salad on the side. The individual casserole dishes make a perfect-sized portion.

  15. Bea, me either; I'll definitely be making it again!

    Pearl, I liked it very much.

    TW, good point; this would make a perfect dinner besides being good for breakfast or brunch.

    Michele, definitely I had to dip my bread in it, although one of my eggs had the yolk done more than I wanted1 Next time I'll watch more carefully about where I put it under the broiler. Hadn't heard of it called "Eggs in Purgatory," but sounds fun!

  16. I love baked eggs, so comforting!

  17. I know this dish is called eggs in purgatory and I've seen it so many times but never had it. Now that i've recently seen it on a few blogs and yours being the last I think it's a must for me to try this myself! That's it you pushed me! It looks fantastic! Did you dip your bread in it?

  18. I really like individual casseroles, and this is such a beautiful egg dish. This is the sort of thing I would enjoy for a weeknight meal.

  19. i've never tried baked eggs – sounds very neat!

  20. A lovely combination of flavors indeed. Cannot resist eggs cooked like this!