Breakfast Carbonara

I may have mentioned that this past week my husband and I were on Spring Break [let’s take a moment a remember…ahh]. With both of us being teachers, we happily got to enjoy this time off together. Originally we had planned to go away, but with gas prices soaring and serious-relaxation needed…we decided to make it a stay-cation instead. Truth be told- it was the best stay-cation I’ve ever had!! We slept in late [which for me is 8:30–watch out!], went to the movies, stayed in our pj’s until noon, went on day trips, and seriously just enjoyed not having an agenda what-so-ever.

Our non-agenda having schedule led to late breakfasty-brunchy meals like this one! My good ole’ use whatcha got mentality gave birth to this little bowl of heaven. Have it for a breakfasty-brunchy meal of your own–or have breakfast for dinner [one of my faves!].

Breakfast Carbonara served over Butter Grits
serves 2

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups jarred marinara
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp of lemon juice
  • 2 packets of instant butter grits [Quaker Instant Butter Grits]
  • 1 cup pepperoni, sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp EVOO
  1. saute spinach in EVOO over med-high heat until wilted. sprinkle with lemon juice and salt + pepper.
  2. add marinara and pepperoni and stir well to combine. then create 2 holes in the middle of the marinara mixture. in those holes crack the eggs. cover and cook eggs to desired hardness.
  3. meanwhile- cook instant grits in microwave according to package instructions.
  4. serve by layering grits in shallow bowl and topping with marinara + egg mixture.
this dish is an unlikely combination, but trust me when I say it works.
spicy, savory, and buttery goodness! as my husband said, “this one stays in the rotation!”

p.s. shout out to Michelle for naming this dish! thanks Meeshy! 😉


  1. Sarah Shay says

    Adam's quote: “Why don't you make ME breakfast carbonara? Maybe Sando will.” :) Hah!

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