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Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe

Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe

This delicious eggplant casserole from my mom makes a wonderful meatless meal. It’s a resourceful way to use up the eggplant in your garden, and the homemade marinara sauce tastes so good. —Valerie Belley St. Louis, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 35 min. YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 2 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 8 cups (32 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Place eggplant in a colander; sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onions, basil, bay leaves, oregano and thyme in oil until onions are tender.
  • 2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and lemon-pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add garlic; simmer 10 minutes longer. Discard bay leaves.
  • 3. Rinse eggplant slices; pat dry with paper towels. In a shallow bowl, combine eggs and pepper; place bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip eggplant into eggs, then coat with crumbs. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • 4. In a large skillet, cook half of the eggplant in 2 tablespoons butter for 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Repeat with remaining eggplant and butter.
  • 5. In each of two greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dishes, layer half of each of the eggplant, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 984 calories, 59g fat (35g saturated fat), 226mg cholesterol, 2164mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 6g fiber), 81g protein.

Reviews for Eggplant Parmigiana

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itsjustme___see User ID: 1645369 55866
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"We love this recipe. The sauce is terrific. Be careful to fully cook the eggplant. I add the top cheese at the end to avoid overcooking."

illicklm User ID: 1762424 120443
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"Substituted veal patties with this recipe because we loved the sauce so much with the eggplant. Delicious."

julienicholson User ID: 1888787 55855
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"This was AWESOME! Well worth making your own sauce, expecially with fresh tomatoes."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 206351
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2010

"Scrumptious! I love eggplant anyway but this dish rivals what I can get at my favorite restaurant. I made this with one good size eggplant- and the same ingredients listed although I only used 2 cups of the mozzarella and maybe 1/4 cup parm cheese. I will be making this often-"

illicklm User ID: 1762424 206350
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"I made this with eggplant and tomatoes from the garden and it was delicious. I can't wait for the rest of my eggplant to grow so I can make it again. My husband loved it and didn't miss not having any meat. Definitely a keeper."

bakerswoman User ID: 5015523 143454
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"My family loved this! I used crushed croutons instead of the bread crumbs and it was wonderful. I served it over angel hair pasta and needless to say it is gone! I'll make it again soon though! :-D"

choy User ID: 1617447 136929
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"This is soooo good!"

JoBish User ID: 2233261 136891
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"Personally, I've never been a big fan of eggplant, but my husband loves it, so I tried this recipe for him. We both loved it! I enjoyed the process of creating this fun new dish. It was a lot for 2 of us and he doens't always eat leftovers... we finished off every bit of this! It was just as good reheated in the toaster over."

sunflwerchick User ID: 4096152 55854
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"Very Good! I did use store bought sauce and added ground beef and diced tomatoes to the sauce. Lots of cheese makes this soo good! My kids ate it all up without even asking"what's this?" or knowing there were veteables in it!"

rootsweets User ID: 1914261 59531
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"excellent and very flavorful!"

maxiethefirst User ID: 4432290 206349
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009

"Good recipe! Instead of frying the eggplant, you can coat it then bake it on a large, sprayed cookie sheet. The sauce can be your own spaghetti sauce with ground beef added to the sauce. This really cuts the time down. I also used a 13 x 9 inch pan and doubled the recipe. Really tastes good with the honey and lemon pepper added!"

ranchmama87 User ID: 3490676 143453
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2008

"I think it must be doubled--but I haven't made it yet. I would think 8 cups would be plenty."

marsma90 User ID: 1168199 109184
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2008

"Is the amount of mozzarella cheese correct in this recipe? It is listed twice, once as 2 lbs. and once as 8 cups."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.