Pesto Eggs in a Nest

Sometimes called eggs in a hole, these Pesto Eggs in a Nest combine the pesto eggs TikTok trend with a long-time breakfast classic.

bread with eggs in the middle cut open and yolk spilling out

At least once a week, I would make eggs in a nest for my kids before school. What could be better than a piece of buttered bread with a hole punched out and an egg cooked over easy inside of it? I’ll tell you…pesto eggs in a nest. Once I heard about the kids over on TikTok cooking their eggs in some swirled pesto, I knew I had to create a mashup from these two.

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ingredients to make pesto eggs in the hole

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An elevated version of a classic

This eggs in a hole recipe is made extra special by adding some store-bought pesto. And the pesto elevates it just enough that it’s no longer a just-for-kids recipe. (Not that eating childhood favorites isn’t something we do around here. Yes, I’m talking to you Danish Puff Pastry.)

Here’s what makes these pesto eggs in bread different:

  • Really good store-bought pesto (or homemade if you have it!). I really like the Kirkland brand from Costco.
  • Good quality bread. While the classic sliced white bread works, I love a good piece of sliced Italian bread because it’s a little softer on the inside but toasts up really well to handle the pesto.
cutting board with loaf of bread and slices with holes being cut out

Tools needed

You may wonder how I got the hole cut out of the bread so easily (and I must admit… perfectly… given my left-handed plight of not really knowing how to cut anything.)

This super handy donut cutter comes in so handy to make the perfect 2 1/2″ size hole to prepare the bread. I just removed the center section that would typically make the hole for the donut before cutting the bread.

How to make pesto eggs in a nest

Assemble the ingredients and have everything ready. You’ll need 1-2 eggs in a nest per person depending on how hungry everyone is or how big your piece of bread is.

  • Butter both sides of the bread and cut out the hole in the middle.
  • Heat the pan over medium until warm and lay your bread down on the pan.
  • Right in the hole, swirl in a couple of teaspoons or so of pesto and heat for a few seconds [image 1]
  • Immediately, crack your egg into the hole right on top of the pesto [image 2].
  • Cook for about 2 minutes until the egg is set and the bread is toasted and flip [image 3].
  • Toast for another minute or so and serve up immediately [image 4]. See below for variations like adding some tomatoes.
a piece of toasted bread with sauteed tomatoes and a circle of bread on top and basil on the plate



Add some extra cheese right on top of your pesto before adding your egg. I’d use a little provolone or even extra parmesan.


When you heat your pesto, add in some diced pancetta or prosciutto for an extra savory bite.


Add some grape tomatoes to the pan while the eggs are cooking. Red peppers or some spinach would be great options too!

skillet with eggs in cut out bread cooking in pesto

Pesto “over-the bread” Version

Swirl pesto in the pan first before adding the bread. Add the egg to the center. Cook and then flip

-Josie + Nina

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bread with eggs in the middle cut open and yolk spilling out.
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Pesto Eggs in a Nest

Whether you call these Pesto Eggs in a Nest (or toad in a hole or eggs in a hole), your family will just call them good. The perfect easy breakfast for 2!
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes
Servings 1


  • donut cutter
  • cast iron or heavy skillet


  • 1 teaspoon butter, or as much as you need to butter the bread
  • 1 slice Italian bread, cut into approximately ½" slice
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pesto, I use Kirkland's from Costco but any store-bought or homemade works
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • cherry or grape tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil, optional


  • Slice enough pieces of bread per the number of eggs each person would like.
  • Crack the egg into an individual custard cup. Set aside.
  • Butter both sides of the bread.
  • Using a biscuit cutter, the rim of a buttered glass or a donut cutter (center piece removed), carefully cut out a hole in the center of the bread. Keep the center as you'll be using it later. [If you accidentally end up splitting the crust, cut another piece of bread and start over otherwise the egg will leak outside the bread. Save the broken piece for another use like breadcrumbs.]
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once heated (the edge will be warm), lay your bread into the skillet. Let it cook for a minute or so.
  • Add the cut round of bread to the skillet to toast along with the tomatoes if using.
  • Into the center of the hole, swirl 1 teaspoon of pesto until its warm and heated.
  • Gently pour the egg into the center of the bread. Cook for 2-3 minutes or so until the bread is toasted on the bottom. The egg will appear cooked white through on the bottom and clear on top. A spatula will also under the bread easily. That's when you know its ready to be flipped.
  • Flip the bread over and cook on the other side until the egg is cooked through about a minute or more.
  • Serve hot. Mangia!


  • I have made these using almost any kind of bread from Italian, sourdough, whole grain…even English muffin bread. And you definitely could use your favorite gluten-free bread too.
  • Here is the donut cutter that I use to cut the bread.
  • If you use extra large eggs, use a piece of bread that is on the larger side.
“Pesto all-over” Variation:
  1. Swirl the pesto in the pan first for a minute or so. 
  2. Lay the bread with the hole cut out over the pesto.
  3. Pour an egg into the hole and continue to cook as noted above.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Author: Lori Murphy
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  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. We had an old school version of the “hole in one” when I was a child. Can’t wait to try this forgotten gem with your new twist!

    1. I love it Kim! I’d make it all the time for the kids before school. It’s how I knew at least they’d have some protein to get them through lunch!