The quickest meal you could possibly have: huevos rancheros

When the time is tight and there’s nothing much in the pantry, it‘s time for inventive to kick in. A few ingredients well combined are the secret of this quick recipe, that differs from the usual bowl of pasta. I have to give my friend Claudio full credit for this recipe, it’s one of his favourites!

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We’ve all been there. You get home late from work, delays while commuting, unexpected things you have to deal with. That’s life. But that’s not an excuse for being lazy and order a takeaway (although this is something most of us generally do).

Even if you didn’t have time to do grocery shopping, I’m sure you have some staples in you pantry and fridge. Eggs, for example, an onion and maybe a can of tomato pulp. If your answer is yes, then follow me, because I’ll show you how to cook dinner with just these three ingredients (and a few additions, like oil and seasonings).

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • dried or fresh basil
  • salt, pepper
  • chilli pepper flakes and/or Parmesan cheese (optional)

Method

Finely slice the onion. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. In a shallow pan, tip in onion and garlic with the oil and fry for 4-5 minutes until golden over a medium heat.

Finely slice the onion. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. In a shallow pan, tip in onion and garlic with the oil and fry for 4-5 minutes until golden over a medium heat.

Add the chopped tomatoes, sprinkle some salt and basil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until reduced.

Add the chopped tomatoes, sprinkle some salt and basil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until reduced.

Crack the eggs on top of the tomatoes, cover again and cook until they reached the desired consistency.

Crack the eggs on top of the tomatoes, cover again and cook until they reached the desired consistency.

Serve with some pepper sprinkled on top, and if you like, some chilli pepper for heat or grated Parmesan cheese for extra richness.

Serve with some pepper sprinkled on top, and if you like, some chilli pepper for heat or grated Parmesan cheese for extra richness.

What’s your quickest meal? Butter on toast doesn’t count though! Let me know in the comments below!

Teo

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