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Spaghetti with Frisee and Fried Egg

Sherry vinegar adds brightness and cuts the richness of the egg yolk and bacon.

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  • Servings: 4
Spaghetti with Frisee and Fried Egg

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2009


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 8 ounces bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large head frisee, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve cup pasta water; drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high until browned, about 7 minutes, pouring off and reserving fat halfway through. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels.

  3. Add frisee to skillet and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring, until frisee just begins to wilt, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar and transfer to bowl with pasta (reserve skillet). Add pasta water and toss to combine.

  4. Return skillet to medium heat and add reserved bacon fat. Working in two batches, fry eggs until whites are just set and edges are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve pasta topped with Parmesan (if desired) and a fried egg.

Reviews (5)

  • chefanncook 31 Aug, 2010

    Gorw your own...If you look for curly endive/fresse:

  • ggabrielides 27 Aug, 2009

    I made this last night with kale instead of frisee. It was a big hit with my two teenage boys and husband. The only thing I would recommend is to DOUBLE the recipe if you are feeding teens. DELICIOUS!

  • LovelyZ 27 Aug, 2009

    I didn't know what Frisee was either. So I looked it up on Worldwide Gourmet:

    An edible plant with long, wide leaves in shades of green or sometimes red, or simply edged with red. As its name suggests, frisn n e is a curly lettuce whose long tender leaves are joined to a short whitish stem which somewhat resembles the base of the fennel plant.

    So basically, it's a fancy head of lettuce.

  • Tasnim 27 Aug, 2009

    what is frisee?

  • Tasnim 27 Aug, 2009

    what is "frisee"?

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