5-Minute Pesto Arugula Breakfast Sandwich

5-Minute Pesto & Arugula Breakfast Sandwich | A Couple Cooks

In the nearly 8 years of A Couple Cooks, we’ve never used the term “5-minute” for a recipe. One one hand, it can make cooking seem dumbed down and trivial, the exact opposite of our pretty simple philosophy. Cooking takes time, and it’s worth making time for. On the other hand, this recipe absolutely deserves the “5-minute” moniker because it is truly quick.

This is barely a recipe, but we’re posting it because if you’re anything like us, you’re always in need of creative ideas in the kitchen. Even if it’s just a few simple ingredients thrown together into a sandwich, sometimes it’s just nice to have a fresh dose of inspo. With that in mind, we’ve got a 5-minute–yes, really 5-minute–breakfast sandwich for you for those days you’re in need of a quick fix.

This recipe is part of our Seriously Simple Series! Our Seriously Simple recipes:

  • Are creative ideas for what to eat in less than 15 minutes
  • Prove that you can do a lot with a little
  • Focus on quality ingredients and big flavors.

5-Minute Pesto & Arugula Breakfast Sandwich | A Couple Cooks

What’s great about this breakfast sandwich?

  • You can whip it up in less time than it takes to run through the fast food drive through.
  • Adding basil pesto brings big flavor in no time. Make sure to buy a high-quality pesto brand that you love.
  • It’s a spin on a healthy breakfast sandwich; there’s no bacon, sausage or hollandaise, just 1 egg and some real, fresh flavors.
  • If you’re in a pinch, brinner to the rescue! It can double as a quick dinner for nights when you have no time to think.
  • You can use any baby greens; now that it’s spring, it’s the perfect time to make this and throw in a handful of greens from your farmer’s market.
  • And while we’re on the topic, the farmer’s market is a great place to buy local eggs; eggs from happy chickens always taste better!

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This recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, substitute gluten-free bread or muffins.


5-Minute Pesto & Arugula Breakfast Sandwich | A Couple Cooks


5-Minute Pesto & Arugula Breakfast Sandwich | A Couple Cooks

Egg, Pesto & Arugula Breakfast Sandwich

1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Need a quick & healthy breakfast sandwich? This 5-minute pesto & arugula breakfast sandwich can be whipped up in minutes and offers a healthier spin on breakfast.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 multi-grain English muffin
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons high-quality basil pesto, purchased or homemade if in season (or use vegan pesto)
  • 1 handful baby arugula (or other baby greens)
  • Kosher salt


Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Crack the egg into the pan and sprinkle with a few pinches kosher salt. When the whites are mostly cooked after a minute or two, flip and cook another 30 seconds, then remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, toast the English muffin. Spread both sides generously with pesto. When the egg is done, slide it onto one half of the English muffin.

Add a handful of arugula to the still hot pan and return to medium heat; add a pinch of kosher salt and cook for a few seconds until wilted down. Remove from the heat and place the arugula on top of the egg.

Top the sandwich with the other half of the English muffin and serve immediately.

Keywords: Breakfast Sandwich, Pesto, Arugula, Egg, Egg Sandwich, Healthy, Breakfast, Healthy Breakfast, Vegetarian,

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek
    March 5, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Love a good breakfast sandwich! This one sounds like a winner with that pesto and arugula. Heart eyes all around! xo

    • Reply
      March 14, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the egg and pesto combination is a winner in our book — and breakfast sandwiches can’t be beat, right?!

  • Reply
    March 5, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    This is the #1 breakfast that I crave! I had a variation of it today =)

    • Reply
      March 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Right? I agree, egg sandwiches are the best: for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

  • Reply
    March 7, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Arugala is my absolute favorite sandwich green, and this recipe sounds amazing. If I had time I’d probably add a roasted tomato slice as well for a little added acidicy! Thanks so much for posting this, though, I never would have thought to put egg and pesto together!

    • Reply
      March 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Ooo love the idea of adding a roasted tomato slice — delicious! Yes, the eggs work well with the pesto — let us know if you try it out!

  • Reply
    April 16, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    certainly a big step up from an egg mcmuffin! Pesto and arugula are nice additions to the basic breakfast sandwich, so thank you for this recipe!

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