My idea of the perfect morning is enjoying a tasty, nutritious breakfast while prepping for a busy day ahead of me. Unfortunately, we don’t always have time to cook a palatable meal—so why not make your breakfast the night before to save time in the morning? We found this hearty recipe for eggs poached in tomato sauce using the beloved kitchen appliance, a slow cooker. You can just start the sauce the day before and add eggs in the morning to create this savory breakfast, similar to shakshuka. If you’re intimidated by the lengthy cook time or large portions required by a Crock-Pot, don’t worry—we’ve been there. But once you discover the versatility of a slow cooker, you’ll be hooked.
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Keep reading, so you can enjoy your breakfast without the rush in the morning.
Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce
2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cored, blanched, peeled, and seeded
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 basil sprigs
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup boiling water
4 large eggs
Fresh herbs, such as oregano or basil, for garnish
How to Make It
Preheat a 5-to 6-quart slow cooker.
Add tomatoes, garlic, oil, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and sugar to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Add the boiling water. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 4 hours more. (For a thicker sauce, continue cooking on low 2 additional hours, or until desired thickness is reached.)
Use a spoon to create 4 shallow wells in tomato sauce. Gently crack 1 egg into each well, and cook until set, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with herbs.