Eggplant Parmesan
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5 from 2 votes

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is the ultimate in Italian comfort foods. It's layered like lasagna. However, unlike lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan is meatless with crispy breaded eggplant slices taking the place of pasta. Those crispy eggplant slices are smothered in a simple marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Eggplant Parmesan can be made ahead of time and makes the perfect leftovers.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Salted Eggplant30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Chula King

Ingredients

Simple Marinara Sauce

  • 28 ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes, undrained (See Tip 1)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 cloves garlic, peeled and slivered
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 sprig of fresh basil

Eggplant Parmesan

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Japanese eggplant, unpeeled (See Tip 2)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 1/4 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon minced basil for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Simple Marinara Sauce

  • Pour tomatoes into bowl; crush with hands. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add slivered garlic. Cook 2 to 3 minutes stirring often to prevent garlic from browning. Add crushed tomatoes; stir to combine. Add 1 teaspoon Kosher salt and sprig of fresh basil. When basil wilts stir into marinara sauce.
  • Cook minutes over medium heat or until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; remove basil sprig and discard.

Eggplant Parmesan

  • Preheat oven to 425° F. Line 2 large baking sheets with sides with aluminum foil. Brush each with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside.
  • Cut off both ends of eggplant. Cut into 1/4-inch rounds. Place in colander. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt; toss to combine. Allow to sit in colander for 30 minutes.
  • Remove eggplant from colander and place in single layer on paper towel lined baking sheets. Blot dry with additional paper towels.
  • Fior Breading: Combine 1/2 cup flour, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper in Ziploc bag. Whisk together egg and 1/4 cup milk. Combine 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup (2 ounces) of freshly grated Parmesan cheese in a plate.
  • To bread eggplant, toss in seasoned flour. Dip in egg/milk mixture and with coat Italian breadcrumb/Parmesan cheese mixture, pressing to ensure breadcrumbs adhere to eggplant. Place in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. Bake at 425° F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Eggplant Parmesan Assembly: Spread 3/4 cup of marinara sauce in bottom of greased 2 1/2 quart casserole. Add half of eggplant in single layer. Top with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup of marinara sauce. For second layer, add remaining eggplant in single layer. Top with 1 cup of mozzarella and 3/4 cup of marinara sauce. Top with remaining half cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. May be prepared in advance up to this point.
  • Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. If desired, garnish with 1 tablespoon of minced basil.
  • Yield: 6 servings. (See Tip 3)

Notes

  1. May use 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes if unable to find whole San Marzano tomatoes. If the marinara sauce is bitter, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of brown sugar.
  2. May use unpeeled regular globe eggplant in place of the Japanese eggplant. 
  3. This makes delicious leftovers!

Nutrition

Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 2604mg | Potassium: 1009mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1115IU | Vitamin C: 21.9mg | Calcium: 613mg | Iron: 4.7mg