Chilli Pasta with a Fried Egg

Chilli Pasta with a Fried Egg | This easy pasta is the so good and so simple. Serve this for super or surprise your guests and serve it for brunch with mimosas! Recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious Food for Easy Entertaining #brunch #pasta #eggyolk

Chilli Pasta with a Fried Egg | This easy pasta is the so good and so simple. Serve this for supper or surprise your guests and serve it for brunch with mimosas! 

This Chilli Pasta dish is so simple, but it ticks every box. Everyone knows that chilli and garlic oil taste great on pasta. But add a softly fried egg and you take it to the next level. The yolk mixes with the oil and gives the pasta an added sauciness. So good and so simple.

This Chilli Pasta with a fried egg was first published in March 2016

Green plate piled with chili pasta with a fried egg on top.

An egg on chilli pasta?

Yes, that’s right. This Chilli pasta dish is served topped with a fried egg. It is perfect! The runny yolk runs over the spicy pasta, creating a delicious and simple sauce.

Look at the photo below, the oozy yolk is beautiful. The pasta looks tempting. I know you want to cook up a bowl!!!

Green plate, with white napkin in background and a fork starting to break the yolk over the pasta.

I know you are thinking an egg…..why not just add some cream to make a sauce for your chilli pasta!

Because eggs are a great source of protein.

Are eggs good for you?

Eggs really should be classed as a super food! Firstly they are so much nicer than kale!!!!!! Secondly they are packed full of proteins, have a variety of vitamins and minerals and are a great source of antioxidants and essential amino acids.

A large egg contains:

77 calories
5 grams of fat
6 grams of protein

Compared to 1/2 cup of cream which contains:

411 calories
44 grams of fat
2 grams of protein

So adding an egg with a runny yolk to your pasta makes healthy sense and it tastes great! WINNER!!!!

Note: I know they cost more, but please buy free range or pastured eggs. They are much more nutritious than eggs from factory-raised chickens plus the chickens have space to live, it is far more humane and (having raised chickens) I am certain that happy healthy chickens produce delicious healthy eggs.

Close up of the egg yolk running over the chilli pasta and onto the green plate.

Can I Serve Pasta for breakfast?

OF COURSE YOU CAN!!!! I mean it is pasta and everyone loves pasta. Plus breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why make do with a bowl of cereal??!?!?!

Maybe this isn’t a Tuesday morning breakfast, but it is perfect for over the weekend when you have a little bit of time – not that this past takes long!!! 10 minutes people!!! Yes!!! A delicious breakfast in 10 minutes!

Plus, this pasta has been known to cure a hangover! Just like my Pasta with chicken broth, butter and parmesan, I have tested this dish out on plenty of hangovers and I swear it makes the world seem better!

Enjoy xx

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Chilli Pasta with a Fried Egg

Chilli Pasta with a Fried Egg | This easy pasta is the so good and so simple. Serve this for supper or surprise your guests and serve it for brunch with mimosas! 

Course Brunch, Main, Main/Breakfast
Cuisine Italian
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 938 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts


  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes (I love this super spicy)
  • 4.5 oz pappardelle/or linguine
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 egg
  • parsley (for garnish)


  1. Peel and finely chop the garlic and place it in a small frying pan with the EVOO and the chilli flakes.
  2. Turn the heat on low and let the oil slowly warm up. Once you hear the slightest sizzle turn off the heat and pour the oil into your serving bowl.
  3. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, salt it super generously and then add the the pasta, cook according to the directions on the package.
  4. Whilst the pasta is cooking add the extra oil to the frying pan and fry the egg until cooked to your liking (I strongly suggest you keep the yolk runny)
  5. Strain the pasta and add into the serving bowl of chilli oil.

  6. Mix together until the pasta is well coated in the oil.
  7. Slide the egg onto the pasta and garnish with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Chilli Pasta with a Fried Egg
Amount Per Serving
Calories 938 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 80%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Total Carbohydrates 94g 31%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 2g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 18.2%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 8%
Iron 19.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Close up of a silver fork breaking the soft yolk over the chili pasta

Chilli Pasta with a Fried Egg Anecdote
(aka my recipe ramble for those who love the waffle)

(MARCH 2016) I was sat chatting to my friend Eve a couple of weeks ago and she asked what I was having for dinner. When I told her that Stew was out for the evening so I was going to make myself some chili pasta with a fried egg, she looked at me and said “really?”

I started listing the virtues of this amazing dish.

  • It is PASTA!!!
  • It is quick and easy
  • It uses store cupboard ingredients
  • It tastes delicious
  • I can eat it easily whilst watching Netflix
  • It makes the house smell like an Italian village
  • It is PASTA!!! (I said that already but I love pasta!!)

She agreed but said “It is just funny as I associate that as a breakfast dish. I used to eat it in my student days when I had no money”

Which made me almost spill my coffee as Eve is the first person I have ever met, who like me, thinks pasta is the perfect food for breakfast. And what is more this dish was, for quite some time, my weekend breakfast dish of choice. I would cook this for Saturday breakfast, and then enjoy it sat in bed, watching the cookshow ‘Saturday Kitchen’. This was pre-children, pre-responsibilities and when Saturdays were for sleeping-in!!!!

Also, as I mentioned above this chili pasta is one of the best hangover cures!!!!!! The chilli content is pretty high, so it makes you sweat, the pasta fills your stomach taking away that ache and everyone knows that eggs are just the best when it comes to a night of excess!!! A big bowl of this, a coffee, a long shower and the world starts to feel right again. It is like Berocca in Italian form 😉

The days of hangovers and 11am brunches are over, these days Saturday mornings are usually filled with crazy kids and 7am pancakes! Which is all good, as hangover suck! And the smiles I get when I make pancakes most definitely don’t suck!

But the pasta remains delicious and a great way to spend a Friday night, home alone with a glass of wine and ‘Salmon Fishing in Yemon’ on Netflix.

Whether you eat this for supper or brunch, enjoy x

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    • Dr Martin Huang
    • March 27, 2018

    Nice! I myself am a spicy lover too! Perhaps I will top it up by adding a few chopped chilli padies on top of the dry chilli flakes!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      There is definitely room to add more chilli to the pasta Martin. Glad you enjoyed it 😀

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    • ann
    • April 8, 2016

    I don’t often comment on blogs BUT I had to make comment about this chilli pasta….I have just consumed or inhaled same and it has got to be the best thing I have put in my mouth for a while. Brilliant! My biggest problem now is to limit myself to maybe once a week, I’ll see. Thank you.

    1. Reply

      Firstly thank you so much for commenting, I feel very honoured 😀

      And I love that you ‘inhaled’ this dish, as that is how I always feel about pasta dishes. So happy you loved it! 🙂

  5. Not only do you get an “A” for the recipe with the PASTA and EGG but you included a glass a wine with the meal. Ergo — it is a celebration!!!!!!! Great recipe.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Marisa.

      That made me smile as I think food should always be a celebration 🙂

  6. Reply

    Oh I would love to be eating this right now! I had an early start and skipped breakfast ? now I’m famished!
    Thanks for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

    1. Reply

      Oh no!!! Skipping food isn’t fun 🙁
      Neither is an early start on a Sunday!

      Hope you get a nice big lunch 🙂

    • Dorothy Dunton
    • March 5, 2016

    Hi Claire! This is Heaven on a plate! And even though I haven’t had a hangover is many years, this would surely do the trick! I love topping pasta and rice dishes with a runny egg, so comforting! And perfect for your Friday “alone” time! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Hangovers are something I avoid too! Small children and a throbbing headache do not mix well!

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