Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory

or Uova in Purgatorio


1/4 cup minced red and/or yellow peppers

1/4 cup minced onion

1 garlic clove, minced

1 T. olive oil

1 cup prepared tomato sauce

1/4 cup red wine

a few shakes of dried basil (or fresh if it's the season)

a few shakes of hot pepper flakes

salt, pepper to taste

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

3 T. parmesan cheese

2 eggs


Sauté the peppers and onions in the olive oil until softened. Add the minced garlic and cook for a few minutes at low heat, then add the tomato sauce, the red wine and the spices. Let it all simmer at a low heat for about 10 minutes. Then mix the ricotta cheese with the parmesan cheese and divide into two portions, placing them in the tomato sauce. Make a "well" in each of the ricotta cheese portions and drop an egg into it. Cover and cook over low heat for at least five minutes, or until the doneness you prefer. Alternately, you could place the whole pan in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. Enjoy with sliced Italian bread.