The Ultimate Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich

updated May 27, 2021
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Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich

Good things happen when you layer your egg sandwich with goat cheese, wilted spinach, and romesco.


Prep5 minutes

Cook5 minutes to 7 minutes

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You know those mornings when you crave a super-satisfying egg sandwich — something more than your basic egg and cheese — but would prefer to add veggies rather than bacon, sausage, or ham? This sandwich is the solution. Layered with tangy goat cheese, a yolky fried egg, wilted spinach, and a touch of smoky red pepper sauce, it’s a vegetarian breakfast sandwich that hits all the right notes.

Give Your Egg Sandwich the Gift of Romesco

In case you’re not already familiar, romesco is a nutty red pepper sauce that hails from the Catalonia region of Spain. It has a silky texture that’s full of body and depth, masterfully walking the line between dip, sauce, and condiment. Of course, this makes it a natural fit for sandwiches.

If you’re up for it, you can make your own romesco sauce, or if convenience is the name of the game, simply grab a jar from the grocery store.

Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich

Good things happen when you layer your egg sandwich with goat cheese, wilted spinach, and romesco.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 5 minutes to 7 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons

    fresh goat cheese

  • 1

    English muffin

  • 1 tablespoon

    plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided

  • 1 ounce

    baby spinach

  • Kosher salt

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1 tablespoon

    romesco sauce (store-bought or homemade)


  1. Let 1 1/2 tablespoons goat cheese sit at room temperature to soften while you toast the English muffin.

  2. Split 1 English muffin in half horizontally and toast until light golden brown. Spread the goat cheese on the cut sides of the muffin.

  3. Heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a small skillet (preferably nonstick) over medium heat until shimmering. Add 1 ounce baby spinach and a pinch of kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and wipe the skillet clean.

  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Crack 1 large egg into the skillet, season with a pinch of salt, and cook undisturbed until the whites are crispy and golden-brown on the edges and set, and the yolks are runny, 2 to 4 minutes.

  5. Slide the egg onto the bottom half of the muffin. Top with the spinach and 1 tablespoon romesco sauce. Close the sandwich with the tap half of the muffin. Gently press down on the sandwich to compact slightly.