Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto is the perfect healthy breakfast recipe that will keep you smiling all morning long. So few ingredients and insanely delicious!

Eggs in a Hole with bell pepper rings and Basil Pesto in a skillet

Egg in a Bell Pepper Hole topped with Homemade Basil Pesto

Do you ever have those moments out in public with your kids when you just have to smile?

So yesterday I had to go to the doctors office to get blood drawn, therefore Cason came with me, because basically once you have kids they are like an appendage and go everywhere with you. 🙂 Normally its fine when I go out to run errands but yesterday was a problem, it was raining like cccrrazy which equals mommy getting wet trying to keep little man dry.

“Trying” being the key word.

I probably looked like a goof attempting to get Cason out of his carseat while trying to hold an umbrella with my chin {which basically means it is not covering my head and was horizontal in which case I should have just put the umbrella down and got Cason} but ya know.. I like do to things the hard way. What can I say?

Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto and bell pepper rings in a skillet

Anywho, as we were walking in, the umbrella didn’t do much good because the rain at that point was horizontal. When we finally got to the doors we were both pretty wet.

As soon as we walked through Cason shouted “I did it! I did it mommy! I made it!” At the time there were probably like 2-3 people walking out, they looked at me then at him and just smiled.

We got to the elevator and made our way up to the office, I opened the doors and again Cason shouted “Its rainy out der… I’m wet. I’m all wet. I made it…. oh mommy fishies!”

Collage of bell pepper rings and a dozen eggs

I seriously can’t help but smile when he is trying to let other people know whats going on with him or the excitement from communicating.

The entire time in the doctors office he was talking to the nurse letting her know that the doctor was going to “fix mommy and make her feel better”. Then because mommy got a band-aid after the blood draw Cason needed a band-aid.

As we were walking back out the doctors office through the waiting room now filled with people, he needed to leave his mark. “I got a band-aid” {he was twisting his arm to show everyone} “I got one… I got one like mommy.”

bahahaha… love his little heart.

Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto and bell pepper rings in a skillet

That same excitement he had about making it through the rain and getting a band-aid is the type of excitement I have for this healthy breakfast dish today. Guys… Have you ever had Egg in a Hole?

I actually never have, but was always intrigued by it.  Typically they make it with bread and cut a whole in the middle then cook the egg in the hole… hence the name Egg in a Hole. 🙂

I wanted to make it a little healthier, so I made it with a bell pepper as the “hole” and let me tell you… seriously amazing!

I learned a trick too. Normally I like my eggs over easy so that the yoke is still a little runny. But because you can’t exactly flip this “egg in a hole” once its… in the hole… to cook the top you just put a cover over your eggs and let it steam the top. {if you don’t have a cover for your pan… which I didn’t for the pan I used just improvise and use tin foil as a makeshift cover, works like a charm}

Top view of Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto and bell pepper rings in a skillet

Once the eggs are all cooked, top it with a homemade basil pesto and viola!

One amazing Egg in a Hole creation that you will be swooning over all morning! We have actually had this for dinner a couple times now too.. yes we are that addicted!

And you will be too!

Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto and bell pepper rings in a skillet

Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto and bell pepper rings in a skillet

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Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 5 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 10 mins
  • yield Yield: 12 eggs 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


Egg in a Hole with Basil Pesto is the perfect healthy breakfast recipe that will keep you smiling all morning long. So few ingredients and insanely delicious!



  • 12 eggs
  • 1 red pepper, sliced whole (in 1/4″ circles)
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced whole (in 1/4″ circles)
  • Homemade Basil Pesto


  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium heat.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to pan. Next add pepper rings. Saute for 1 minute.
  3. Crack one egg in each pepper ring, put cover on pan.
  4. Saute eggs for 2-3 minutes, for over easy.
  5. Serve with Basil Pesto.


  • Serving Size: 1 egg
  • Calories: 190
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Protein: 8 g

Keywords: egg in a hole, healthy breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast idea, egg recipe, egg recipe for breakfast, easy egg recipe, easy healthy breakfast, easy healthy breakfast recipe

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20 Responses
    1. Krista

      Thanks so much Kristi, I feel like I have eaten it every day for a while. But so worthy it! 🙂 Thanks for the pin sweet girl!

  1. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Oh man, we had egg in a hole ALL the time growing up! Still love them! These are stunning though, and even better for you! Your little man sounds like the sweetest thing ever — my girl was 2 in May, so I can totally relate. lol

    1. Krista

      I wish I had them growing up, such a fun breakfast and with the healthy swap outs for this one it is totally my new favorite breakfast. 🙂

      Ok, our kiddos are like a month apart. My son turned 2 in April. 🙂

  2. Justine@CookingandBeer

    “once you have kids they are like an appendage” … haha this made me chuckle. I knew I had to stop by and check out this recipe as I saw it floating around all over social media! This is such a fantastic idea and I’m dying over that basil pesto! Pinned!

    1. Krista

      haha.. once you have kiddos you’ll understand girl. 🙂 Its a good appendage though, not one that you would want to cut off. Not that I want to cut off any of my appendanges now… ugh.. I’ll just stop. 🙂 haha

      Hope you get a chance to make this dish… it’s incredible and so ridiculously easy!

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