Eggs in Purgatory with Asparagus

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Eggs poached in chicken broth and filetto di pomodoro with asparagus topped Pecorino Romano. This is perfect for lunch or dinner, use a spoon or bread to soak up all the yummy broth!

This Italian peasant dish was shared with me from my friend Julia of Julia’s Healthy Italian. Passed down from her mom when she lived in Italy, it was popular because eggs for dinner is an inexpensive dish that is high in protein and feeds a whole family.

I found this wonderful, comforting, light and delicious and will certainly make it again!

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Eggs in Purgatory

269 Cals 20.5 Protein 16.4 Carbs 13 Fats
Yield: 3 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: Italian


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 bunch, about 30 medium asparagus, ends trimmed, chopped in half
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade sauce
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Pecorino Romano


  • In a large, deep non-stick skillet, heat pan on medium; when hot spray oil and saute garlic until light brown (careful not to burn).
  • Add homemade sauce and broth; mix well.
  • Add asparagus and cover.
  • When the sauce boils gently add the eggs and cheese, reduce to a simmer and cover.
  • Simmer 10 minutes on low.


Serving: 2eggs + asparagus, Calories: 269kcal, Carbohydrates: 16.4g, Protein: 20.5g, Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 378.5mg, Sodium: 590mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 0.5g
Blue Smart Points: 1
Green Smart Points: 7
Purple Smart Points: 1
Points +: 7
Keywords: Gluten Free, low carb, Under 30 Minutes