Let’s talk about oats, baby. They may not be the sexiest food in the world, but they’re pretty much God’s gift to college students. Cheap, healthy, microwavable? Check, check and check. To top it off, they’re hella versatile. If you’re in a cinnamon and brown sugar rut (no shade, we’ve all been there), read on and prepare for your world to be shaken.

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Oatmeal

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:20 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (or unsweetened steel-cut or instant)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped leeks or onions
  • 1 strip of bacon, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup sharp cheddar, grated
  • Red pepper flakes or hot sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Photo by Becky Hughes
  • Step 1

    Starting in a cold pan, bring bacon up to medium/high heat and cook until crispy. Remove bacon and drain on a paper towel, leaving fat in the pan.

    Photo by Becky Hughes
  • Step 2

    Add chopped leeks/onion to the pan with bacon fat. Season with salt to taste and cook until translucent and beginning to brown.

    Photo by Becky Hughes
  • Step 3

    While the leeks are sautéeing, cook oats according to package directions and shred cheese.

  • Step 4

    Remove leeks from pan and fry an egg in any leftover fat.

    Photo by Becky Hughes
  • Step 5

    Season oats to taste and top with leeks, cheese and bacon, finishing with your egg.

    Photo by Becky Hughes