Italian Breakfast Skillet Recipe

Last Update: September 28, 2022

Here, a simple egg scramble gets a Mediterranean spin with cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and EVOO. Basil is rich in potassium and a good source of iron and vitamins A, C, and K. The addition of this powerful, aromatic herb will make you feel as though you’re vacationing in Italy.

Italian Breakfast Skillet

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


4 large eggs
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 zucchini, finely diced
1 small red onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
¼ cup julienned fresh basil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature


In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, and pepper.

In a large nonstick skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the zucchini and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook just until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour in the eggs and, using a wooden spoon, stir until the eggs form soft curds, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, fold in the basil and butter, and serve.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

Excerpted from THE EAT FAT, GET THIN COOKBOOK, Copyright © 2016 by Mark Hyman, MD. Used with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York. All rights reserved.

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Dr. Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, an eight-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and was a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, Today Show, CNN, and The View, Katie and The Dr. Oz Show.

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