Baked Eggs with Chickpeas

by grainnep

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This is a delicious easy weekend brunch option or quick meal when everyone is hungry and you need to get food on the table quickly. This dish gives a great bang of protein from the eggs and chickpeas together with the goodness of the tomato sauce and a hint of heat.

Serves 4/6
Ingredients
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled chopped and mashed
2 cans chickpeas rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne
2/3 bottle of tomato passata (680g bottle)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1-2 eggs per person
Some sourdough loaf for dipping

Preheat oven to 170C.
Heat oil in a large ovenproof pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic. Cook on a medium heat until onion is soft, about 8 minutes.
Add chickpeas, spices and cook for 2 minutes longer.
Add the tomato passata. Bring up to a gentle boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, about 15 minutes.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Separate the chickpeas across a large oven proof dish. Crack eggs one at a time and place over sauce, spacing evenly apart. Transfer to oven and bake until whites are just set but yolks are still runny, 5–8 minutes.
If you have a real hungry bunch it works too, to just fry your eggs instead then,
sprinkle over a little more paprika and serve with bread for dipping.