Ultimate Bagel Breakfast Sandwich with Pesto

This Ina Garten bagel trick makes for the ultimate breakfast sandwich.

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Ina Garten says she cuts her bagel into thirds for a less doughy, better-toasted sandwich, and just had to test this out. I have to say; it really makes for the ultimate breakfast sandwich. I opted for a pesto, bacon, tomato, and avocado sandwich with a fried egg cooked into the bagel. Yes, I cooked the egg right into it! I used it like a “toad in the hole” and laid the bagel directly on the pan. I crack the egg right into the hole and let it cook. It’s a fun to cook the egg for a little twist! I made a homemade pesto for this as well (recipe is below!). I have to say the middle layer of the bagel is a great addition, and Ina was onto something here. I added so many goodies to this sandwich: bacon, pesto, cheddar, avocado, and egg. It’s the perfect hearty breakfast and will keep you feeling satisifed as the day goes on. It is so good and great to try on a holiday weekend! If you enjoy this breakfast, be sure to check out all of my recipe ideas here!

Ultimate Bagel Breakfast Sandwich with Pesto

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  • Bacon
  • Pesto recipe for homemade below
  • Tomato
  • Cheddar
  • Avocado
  • Egg
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Butter

Homemade pesto

  • 3/4 cup basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup EVOO
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • Sea salt and pepper


  • Slice your bagel into 3 equal pieces. If you are making pesto from scratch, combine pesto ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste.
  • Assemble the rest of your bagel toppings: cook bacon in a pan a pan until desired crispiness, Slice avocado, cheese and tomato.
  • Toast bottom two pieces of the bagel, and add top of bagel to a pan with a little butter. Crack an egg in the middle. Optional to add grated cheese on top. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Let egg cook until no longer runny, about 10 min.
  • Bagel assembly: You can really top in whatever order you want, but I did: a layer of pesto, tomato and bacon, then the middle of the bagel, then another layer of pesto, avocado and cheddar cheese. Top with egg bagel and enjoy!

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I’m Abigail, a creative director, home cook and content creator living in Brooklyn. I love making the easy stuff with a twist and yes, I eat a lot of toast. This is where I share my latest recipes, so please make yourself at home.