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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 337.3
  • Total Fat: 6.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 186.0 mg
  • Sodium: 142.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 53.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 18.1 g

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Easy Poached Eggs and Pasta

Submitted by: STEPFANIER
Easy Poached Eggs and Pasta

Introduction

I can't get enough of this easy recipe; it's ready in 15 minutes!The still-runny egg yolk adds a creaminess to the sauce and perfectly mixes with the spinach. I can't get enough of this easy recipe; it's ready in 15 minutes!The still-runny egg yolk adds a creaminess to the sauce and perfectly mixes with the spinach.
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients

    2 servings (1 1/3 cups) whole wheat penne
    1 cup no-salt added marinara sauce (If you want to spruce up the jarred sauce, add a 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano and a pinch of red pepper flakes.)
    2 eggs
    4 cup fresh spinach (I sometimes swap fresh or frozen broccoli or sliced zucchini for the spinach.)

Directions

Prepare the pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, pour the sauce into a small skillet and turn heat to medium-low. When sauce starts to bubble, carefully crack eggs onto the top. Cover and cook until eggs have reached the desired doneness (you want the yolks to be runny; some carryover cooking will occur).

Meanwhile add the spinach to the pasta just before you drain it. Stir and drain well.

Divide pasta and spinach between two bowls. Top with one egg and half the sauce. If I have it on hand, I add a dollop (1/2 ounce) of goat cheese or a sprinkle of Parmesan (calories not included).

This meal is cheap and tasty!

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  • Incredible!
    49 of 51 people found this review helpful
    Love this, poached eggs are wonderful on so many starches. Pasta is an elegant one. One change I made was poaching my egg in water. I cooked the pasta with the spinach, then drained the pasta water into a pan to poach my egg. I added the sauce right to pasta to warm. It looked beatiful. thanks! - 11/15/09

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  • Very Good
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I'm hooked! I love the texture of the egg in it! It was so easy! I added Light Feta. Thanks Stepf! - 10/24/09

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  • 17 of 18 people found this review helpful
    Excellent! Also try this over whole wheat toast for a great breakfast. A sprinkle/grate of parmesan is a nice touch. - 11/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Mm... Runny eggs is the way to go. I have made this by sauteeing chopped onions, carrots, bell peppers, and turnip greens with the sauce (rather than adding them to the pasta water), and it's turned out great every time! I'll be making this again and again. - 12/16/09

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  • Good
    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Good way to get spaghetti flavor with protein without meat. Very easy to prepare and filling. - 11/15/09

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  • Very Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    My husband doesn't care for poached eggs,either, but he ate and enjoyed this and we will make it again soon (I grated 1 oz part-skim mozzarella on top of the eggs, so they didn't "look" poached) - 11/16/09

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  • 11 of 17 people found this review helpful
    I've been poaching eggs in tomato sauce and soup since I was a teen! I've done it with other soups too. I've always just served them with toast; I don't know why I've never thought pasta. I will definitely give the spinach kick a try with pasta. - 11/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    WOW! I am hooked. I've made my own version of this recipe several times since I first saw it here on Sparkpeople. It has prompted me to use eggs more as a lean protein in my diet. When I really watching calories I like to replace the pasta in the recipe with spaghetti squash - 10/22/10

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  • Very Good
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I would make this again. My boyfriend looked at me funny when I put it in front of him, but he ate it all and seemed to like it. VERY FILLING! I haven't been this full in 3 days, and I have only had a little over a 1000 cal today. - 1/23/10

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  • 9 of 24 people found this review helpful
    I have to admit...at first I was a little weirded out by the egg/pasta sauce thing....but the more I think about it...I think I may like it. I'll keep it in mind for a quick lunch sometime this weekend. Thanks!!! - 10/23/09

    Reply from STEPFANIER (10/23/09)
    It sounds weird, I know. But after someone made it for me, I was hooked!


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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! Thank you Stephanie! I never would have thought to poach the eggs in the sauce, but it was so good and SO easy! - 12/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Quick, easy, yummy and filling. What more can one say??? - 11/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Thank you, Stephanie. The recipe is FANTASTIC. For someone who enjoys "weird" mixtures, this one was quite normal for me. It is incredible and even my husband loves it. - 11/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Excellent. The egg tasted really good in it and added a creaminess I wasn't expecting. I didn't have any fresh spinach (or anything else listed) so I put in a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables (thawed) which was really good. Next time I want to make it with spinach. - 11/29/09

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This reminds of how good a poached egg is on top of a tossed salad. Have you ever tried this? The egg "finishes" the dressing. - 11/15/09

    Reply from STEPFANIER (11/16/09)
    I have, and I really like it. Youre right. The egg yolk becomes a creamy rich dressing.


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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    awesome, awesome, awesome and it is absolutely delicious!!! thank you so very much! - 11/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Made this for brunch - having missed breakfast and not wanting to wait till lunch time. Texture was amazing and it was very tasty. Carried me through to my usual late afternoon snack with no problem - as others have said it is filling but certainly not heavy. A definite regular for my food plan. - 8/3/10

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  • O.K.
    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Tried it for my Family and it was good but I don't think we will make it again, just not our cup of tea. Thanks for sharing. - 1/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is awesome! I love it. And you are right on about it being easy....too easy, actually! It took me longer to scrounge around in the kitchen to see if I had all the fixins' for this. I will most likely make this a few times a week.....fast and easy, yes it is! Thanks Stepfanie! - 1/22/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I just tried this for supper....and my 22 yr old son really liked it (and I did too)! Thanks for sharing. - 1/5/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    So easy and delicious and filling! I can't believe I never though of putting spinach in with the pasta before draining! The only thing I wanted with this was another texture since it was all pretty much the same. - 12/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My first great SparkPeople recipe! I subbed 1 c. dry farfalle (what I had in the house). Really filling and great in the cold weather. Next time I will take the eggs off sooner.

    I made it again and this time I used spaghetti squash instead of pasta. It was so good and a much larger helping. - 12/9/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made this for dinner and my husband was a little freaked out poaching the eggs in the pasta sauce. I ended up overcooking the eggs so I just chopped them up and mixed them in. I added the oregano and red pepper flakes and a bit more spinach. My husband and I really enjoyed this dish! - 12/5/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
    love this - 11/15/09

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    It was easy to make and the flavor was different, but tasty. Thanks. - 11/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    What a clever time-saver cooking the eggs on the sauce. This recipe will be easy to change up with whatever you have on hand. YUM! - 12/9/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Its a great way to cook eggs in pasta sauce. Very yummy! - 11/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I doubled the recipe, had one the first night at home, and took it for dinner at work the next 3. Eggs-cellent! - 11/15/09

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  • 3 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I'm gonna try tomorrow for dinner since my vegetarian daughter is home:-) Thanks! - 10/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Garlic!!! You forgot to mention the garlic!!!
    But this is delicious - and a meal hubby enjoys on Meatless Monday!! Served with mushrooms as well. - 8/8/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I love half cooked runny eggs and they work well with rice too! - 8/3/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This has become my go to quick meal for the week. Very, very good. Though I add a little Tabasco sauce to the egg for a little kick. - 4/5/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Soooo good! I added zucchini, onion and peas, sauted the zuc in olive oil (1tsp) to add to my daily healthy fat totals. mmmmmm thanks, not to mention I feel stuffed! so many ways to eat this, I am so excited! Thanks again! - 1/29/10

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I'm gonna try it but I'm gonna eat the whole thing myself! - 1/25/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    very economical and healthy. just what we need in this time of recession.thanks - 1/25/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Love this recipe!! Thank you for sharing. Its my new favorite and sooooo easy to make. - 1/19/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This sounds wonderful. I love poached eggs, but never thought of poaching in anything but water. Now my mind goes to poaching this way or maybe even in V8 juice.
    Thank you. - 1/19/10

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My entire family went crazy for this meal (even my three year old he loved breaking his yolk) thank you so much! - 1/11/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is an excellent recipe, very quick and tasty. Love the addition of fresh spinach and poached egg. This will be on regular rotation in my household. - 12/10/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I never would have thought of poaching an egg in pasta sauce, but it really is incredible, and so easy! I'm sure I'll be eating this a couple of times a week. - 12/6/09

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I'm also going to try this with Alfredo sauce, as someone at my house doesn't like tomato sauce. - 12/4/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I didn't rate it only because I haven't tried it -- but I'm going to. My husband hates eggs, so I'll need to experiment when he's out of the house :-) Sounds awesome and I struggle to get my protein, so this is just what I need. Thanks! - 12/4/09

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I can not eat runny eggs. I have tried, and it just isn't going to happen. - 2/27/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is Great. If you want a mexican spin on this (Juevos Rancheros) Try poaching the eggsd in salsa, the top with cheese. I usually serve on whole wheat english muffins, but the pasta would work too. - 11/15/10

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very enjoyable evening meal. Hubby liked it too. - 10/31/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was so good... and easy - and the whole fam' loved it! I had never poached an egg before and we were all uncertain about a running egg mixed in to the sauce - but it is like magic! So creamy and rich! - 10/28/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious! Even my 2 & 3 y/o ate it up. I overcooked the eggs a little, but even still it was really good. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly and can't think of anything that I would change. - 10/10/10

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Looks and ease of prep... a 5. Taste, just a 3. Maybe I overpoached the egg. - 8/4/10

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was pretty good. I think I overcooked the eggs, but will try this recipe again. - 8/3/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yum! I overcooked the eggs, so the yolks were hard, but it was still YUMMY! Can't wait to make it again with better timing. LOL - 8/3/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Super fast to prepare, ingredients I always have on hand, really tasty. Wins on all points as far as I'm concerned. One of those 'what can I have for lunch/dinner?' meals sure to always be enjoyable. - 7/8/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The combo of egg and pasta kind of sounded unappealing, but I decided to give it a try because of all the positive reviews. I'm happy to say that I'm really glad I got over my "ick" factor and gave it a try b/c it was really good. I'll definitely make it again. - 6/26/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    After reading this recipe, I created something very similar from scratch. I LOVE the poached egg with the pasta. In fact, I made it 3 times last week while I was home with sick kids! Delish. - 5/27/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I wasn't sure if I was going to like this but it was great. There was plenty of sauce and the eggs just added some pizzazz. - 5/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love it, hubby loves it, kids love...what else matters?? Beats pizza delivery any day...(and i'm a pizza-adict) - 4/14/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made it exactly as recipe states, just used "no sugar added" marinara instead. Loved it! It will become one of my go-to meals...so simple and good. - 2/5/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was very good. I think I overcooked the egg a little- I had never poached an egg before. I added extra sauce and extra spinach. Next time, I might even make it without the pasta to bring down the calories and add an extra egg per serving. It was as easy to make as promised! Thanks! - 2/2/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was fantastic. I did throw in some left over chicken. I loved that it was easy to make only 1/2 of the recipe at a time too. I'll be making this every time hubby is away!!! - 1/29/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    i am kind of obsessed with it right now. i have made it several different ways now. i it is similar in the lines of a recipe that i submitted using a middle eastern flavors and ingredients called shakshouka, it is also a tomato based with eggplant, eggs and lots of spices. - 1/28/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made it according to the instructions and thought it was great! Easy meal to prepare. - 1/28/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I tried this and it was great!! - 1/26/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I will be trying this recipe. Hope the husband will eat it as he won't eat any type of vegetables. - 1/25/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I never would have thought egg and pasta. I'm excited to try this - I have all the ingrediants already! - 1/25/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Looking forward to making this! Thanks for the recipe! - 1/22/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very clever recipe!! Something really unique to try - Sounds like something my husband and I would enjoy. - 1/21/10

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    sounds awful to me,but since I like all the ingredients and the reviews were over the top I will definately give it a try - 1/16/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds so good and easy to make! I'm looking forward to trying it this week. - 12/31/09

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  • I want to do this. I've been mixing egg whites with my spinach for a long time and putting microwaved mac and cheese (smart ones) over it. Sometimes I put an over easy egg on top of it. I don't feel quite so weird about it now. It's delicious. - 7/24/14

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  • This was delicious! And so very easy to prepare! - 11/25/13

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  • Edible, not bad, not motivated to make it again. It's possible that all the vegetables and spices I added messed it up, but I still found it bland and couldn't taste the egg. - 11/12/13

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  • Sprinkled with a little nutritional yeast. Great texture and flavor. - 5/1/13

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  • Pretty good. I added some minced garlic and used shirataki noodles. Nice low carb meal that's great for diabetics. I will be making this dish again. - 4/8/13

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  • I made this for dinner tonight (it sounded crazy enough to be either really good or really bad...) The kids even loved it - despite the fact that I clearly don't know how to poach an egg properly. It was still delicious - thanks for sharing! - 2/25/13

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  • Looks good ...will try this week.....has anyone used a white sauce or just oil & garlic sauce with the egg? - 2/25/13

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  • Cannot wait to try this with some fresh local eggs from the farmer's market. Sounds fantastic! - 2/20/13

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  • Quick tasty lunch! Enjoyed it very much! - 1/8/13

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  • This is truly a tasty, quick meal for us working people. Don't forget to let the eggs come to room temperature before poaching. Great recipe, thanks! - 1/2/13

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  • This is soooo easy, soooo tasty, and I always have the ingredients in the house....
    I made it exactly as written. I sprinkled crushed red peppers and parmesan cheese at serving (as I always do with pasta recipes).
    I will be making this recipe frequently. Thank you Stepfanie!
    - 12/2/12

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  • Just made this last night. First recipe I've made from this site. I love italian so thought I would try it. I used whole grain spaghetti, sauteed onions and garlic before I added the sauce. I used frozen spinach and just put in with spaghetti while boiling. Yummy, thank you! - 11/29/12

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  • Love fast, easy and economical meals! This went right into my recipe box and I plan on making it this week! - 10/29/12

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  • Very good, quick meal. Thanks! - 10/26/12

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  • Yummmmmmm!!! - 10/26/12

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  • Can't wait to try this. A quick dinner or lunch. I plan to teach this to my college age son to cook on his own. Healthy, cheap and easy. Thanks - 10/26/12

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  • i have made this in the past...so delicious and easy - 10/26/12

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  • Now this is my idea of a perfect meal. No hassle for the cook and all nutrients present and accounted for. - 10/26/12

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  • This really was easy and delicious- a meal in a dish. Clean up was a snap, too. - 10/26/12

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  • I don't care if it tastes like heaven. I'm not eating something with runny egg yolks and over 200 mgs of cholesterol. Who thinks up recipes like these?! - 10/26/12

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  • REally --really good!!! - 10/26/12

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  • I liked the poached eggs but instead of using penne noddles I used spaghetti and tasted really good. I think I left my egg a little to much so it was all the way cooked next time I'm gonna leave it less time since the sauce its so hot stills cooking. - 10/21/12

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  • I made this today but the carbs seemed very high to me, so I checked the nutritional calculation based on the products I used and mine came out to 289 calories and that was with 1 cup of pasta and only 36 carbs. So compare yours; loved this recipe, easy and yummy. - 9/16/12

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  • I accidentally let my eggs overcook, but this was still delicious. What a great idea! I never would have thought to do this otherwise. - 8/29/12

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  • Seemed a little plain to me but then I didn't add the Parmesan. That may have helped. - 7/30/12

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  • This sounds good, but my family wouldn't eat this..
    - 7/2/12

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  • This sounds super. I'll give it a try! TY : ) - 5/11/12

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  • I will try it tonight! - 5/1/12

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  • Easy and fast. Was delicious! - 4/16/12

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  • Delicious. I substituted asparagus for the spinach because I had some left over I had to use...but this was just delicious. I thought it sounded a little strange at first, but I love poached eggs. I would definitely make this again, playing around with other veggies. Thanks for the recipe! - 4/14/12

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  • How do you poach the eggs? - 4/6/12

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  • I love this recipe. It is so easy and so yummy! The only thing I have to learn is when the egg is done so I don't overcook it. It's still good that way too, but then it isn't runny to make the sauce creamy. - 3/27/12

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  • I thought this was really, really good! I overcooked the eggs slightly, but will definitely be making this again. - 3/5/12

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