Savory Steel-Cut Oats

Savory Steel-Cut Oats

Cooking wasn’t always a love of mine. I remember having the hardest time just cracking open an egg – in high school. My go-to breakfast during that time was a pack of “healthy” instant oatmeal – the sugary cinnamon roll flavor, of course. Oh man, I would crash and burn so hard if I had that for breakfast now. I crave robust breakfasts, breakfasts with eggs and sautéd greens, maybe some sweet potato or fruit. Real food breakfasts that keep me going past noon. If you don’t care for savory first thing in the morning think of this as a lovely low-maintenance risotto that you can easily whip up for lunch or dinner.

Savory Steel-Cut Oats
  • Step 1

    Savory Steel-Cut Oats

    Cut up the tomatoes and onions and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Broil for 15 minutes on low.

  • Step 2

    Savory Steel-Cut Oats

    Cook the steel cut oats add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the grated cheese just before serving.

  • Step 3

    Savory Steel-Cut Oats

    Serve the oats with the roasted tomatoes and top with basil and pine nuts.

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Ingredients for the Savory Oats

1/2 cup of steel cut oats (or two servings)

1/2 cup grated gruyère cheese

3 cups small tomatoes cut into quarters

1 sweet onion or small leek

1 handful fresh basil

1 handful pine nuts

3 teaspoons olive oil

salt and pepper



Start by cooking the oats. While the oats cook, roast the tomatoes. In an ovenproof dish combine the tomatoes, onion, olive oil, half the basil (chopped) and salt and pepper to taste. Place under the broiler on low for about 15 minutes. Add the grated cheese to the steel cut oats just before serving. Top with pine nuts and fresh basil.



This dish is another variation of the Busy Bowl. 

  • cheri

    Love this savory version, I have never had oats and tomatoes together, I bet it’s good.

    • Grace @ Earthy Feast

      Thank you Cheri! Anything with roasted tomatoes is good in my book. ;)

  • Katie @ Whole Nourishment

    I’m actually trying to add more savory breakfasts to my rotation, and this is such a great idea. Love the roasted tomatoes too.

    • Grace @ Earthy Feast

      Thanks so much Katie!

  • addalittle

    Absoloutely love savoury oats! I love it with some soy sauce, umeboshi and nori! So so tasty!

    • Grace @ Earthy Feast

      Thank you Millie! That sounds fabulous – I must try it!