May 15, 2013

Poached Eggs with Cheese & Chickpeas (Vegetarian Recipe)

This poached eggs with cheese and chickpeas is everything I could ask for in a meal. First, it's delicious. Second, it's vegetarian. Third, it's super quick. Fourth, you make it all in one frying pan, start to finish. I love it (and when Bart took the leftovers to work with him, Ella asked, "How soon can we have that again?").

This is really good with some sort of crusty/crunchy bread to dip in it.  We had some leftover naan bread from last week's Indian takeout that I put in the oven while this cooked and it got quite crispy. Toasted baguette slices or pitas would be good too.

Poached Eggs with Cheese & Chickpeas
(adapted from Bon Appetit

Serves 3-4

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 an onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeƱo, seeded and finely chopped
2 cups or 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 14-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
salt and pepper
1/2 cup coarsely crumbled fresh cheese (like feta or queso fresco)
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

In a large oven-proof skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno, cooking for about 5 minutes, until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.

Add the chickpeas, paprika and cumin, cooking for about one minute, stirring to coat the chickpeas and onions with the spices.

Add the tomatoes and stir, crushing the tomatoes with the back of the spoon (or you can use a fork if that's easier). Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let them simmer about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and sprinkle the cheese over the top. Crack the eggs on top, spacing them evenly apart.

Slide the whole skillet into the oven and let cook, 5-8 minutes, until the egg whites are opaque, but the yolks are still a little runny.

Serve immediately.


  1. Ooh, I think I will have to try this one!

  2. Yum! This reminds me of shakshuka (like this one at SK)! Amazingly, I spelled that right at first Google. :)

  3. what! this sounds delicious. pinning and hopefully eating this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Eggs and I have a very tenuous relationship these days. I sort of OD'ed on them in the recent past. However, I was looking at the ingredients and had the thought that my toddler might really like this (sans jalapeno), so I might give it a go.

  5. Delicious! I can't wait to try this :)

  6. Hello! I came over a looooong time ago from Rhi in Pink and have been a daily reader ever since. This is my first comment (sorry about that!) but I Just wanted to let you know I tried this tonight and it was every bit as delicious as you said it would be. Loved every single bite of it and it made my kitchen smell so good too! Thanks!

  7. I pinned this right after you posted it and just made it tonight for a vegetarian friend. LOVED IT. So tasty and filling. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. I pinned this forever ago, but just got around to trying it. It was yummy! Jocelyn (my 11-month old) was it's biggest fan!


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