If you have never tasted the magic that is Shakshuka, you are in for a grand surprise. This dish originated in Tunisia and the name should already be an indication of the flavour experience that awaits. This dish is zero effort and contains simple ingredients – most of which you probably have in your cupboard. It is the perfect lazy weekend breakfast or brunch dish with the added bonus of being super nutritious. Enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2T olive oil
  • 2 large red or yellow peppers, cut into 0.5cm dice
  • 2 cups mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1T tomato paste
  • 1 ½ t ground cumin
  • 1/2t dried chilli flakes (optional)
  • 5 large ripe tomatoes (800g) – or 2 x 400g tins of chopped peeled tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 – 6 eggs
  • small handful of cilantro / coriander, roughly chopped

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and cook the onion until softened, about 4 – 5 minutes.
  2. Add the peppers and cook for a further few minutes until they are soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for a minute or two.
  3. Add the tomato paste, cumin, chilli, salt, pepper and garlic and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add a splash of water if it dries out and becomes too thick.
  4. Add the tomatoes (I used tin) and the spinach and cook for 10 minutes and until the sauce is thick.
  5. Make little wells in the sauce and break the eggs into these, and simmer for 8 – 10 minutes until cooked. Swirls the egg whites a bit with the sauce and try not to break the yolks. If you cover the pan it will speed up the process.
  6. The eggs are ready when the whites are firm and cooked and the egg yolks are soft.
  7. Spoon out the eggs with the sauce and serve.

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