Spaghetti with Romaine and Fried Egg

I must say that when I first saw this recipe I was a little skeptical. Sauteed lettuce? Some things are not meant to be sauteed, thought I, but as always, my adventurous Southern husband jumped in and pointed out that you never know until you try, nothing ventured nothing gained, etc etc. And since you really can’t go wrong with a recipe that features bacon, we gave it a shot.

You know what?

You never know until you try. It was really, really good.

So, for all you adventurous types out there who are not intimidated by a little fried lettuce, here is a recipe well worth trying.


Spaghetti with Romaine and Fried Egg
Serves: 4 servings
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • ½ pound spaghetti
  • 8 ounces bacon chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • I head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook pasta in boiing salted water and reserve ¼ cup pasta water. Drain and put in large bowl.
  2. Cook bacon over medium high heat until brown. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate. Reserve bacon fat.
  3. Add lettuce to skillet and season with ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Cook 2 minutes until lettuce starts to wilt. Sir in vengar and transfer to bowl with pasta. Add pasta water and toss to combine.
  4. Return skillet to medium heat. Add reserved bacon fat. Fry eggs until whites are just set and edges are golden, about 2 minutes.
  5. Serve pasta topped with chopped bacon and then one egg per plate. Top with parmesan cheese and ground pepper.


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  1. says

    Italians have known for centuries that the egg is a very welcome addition to main courses. MM-mmmm. I loved your photo. Made me very hungry!! Keep sharing your passion with the world. We’ll eat it up!

  2. says

    I, also, will eat just about anything with a fried egg.
    I have this Peasants Spaghetti recipe where you use onions, peppers, fresh tomatoes and whatever else grabs your fancy, then top the whole thing with a soft fried ( in olive oil) egg or eggs .
    Now I am hungry for spaghetti and eggs :)

  3. Anonymous says

    Kate, I cooked this for dinner tonight, it is indeed a quick fix and it was yummy. Wanted to make sure and thank you for yet another great recipe.


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