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Eggplant Zucchini Bolognese Recipe

Eggplant Zucchini Bolognese Recipe

“I roast the veggies while the pasta cooks, making this a quick dish.” This meal-in-one blends rustic comfort with fresh flavors. Trisha Kruse - Eagle, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 8 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the eggplant, zucchini, squash, onion, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Transfer to two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato puree, Italian seasoning and brown sugar.
  • 4. Drain pasta; stir in tomato mixture and roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 395 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein .

Reviews for Eggplant Zucchini Bolognese

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rmbarr059 232573
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"I was so impressed with how this tasted--and I followed the recipe exactly as it was written. Blew away my expectations. The roasted veggies could be a side dish all on their own with any meal. Will definitely be making this again and again!"

cgraber1123 223441
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"My family loved it. I roasted roma tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, basil, salt and pepper on a sheet tray in the oven with the veggies. Put it into the blender for Tomato puree. I also roasted the veggies longer because we like soft veggies."

aug2295 184765
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"I was looking for a new zucchini recipe amd came across this. It came out delicious and was easy. I have a feeling it will make great leftovers too."

TravelBug1984 98574
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"A great recipe that used a lot of garden fresh veggies from my grandma's garden. Will definitely make this again. I used group turkey instead of beef."

Sailorlady52 181544
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"Just loved this recipe, however, altered it a bit. Family is not that into the zucchini. I added, in addition to the ground beef, Perri Sausage, or any other brand of sausage, you may like. I used Hot Sausage, browned with the hamburg, or you can bake it ahead of time, and cut into small bite sizes. Also, found that the Italian Seasoning, was WAY WAY to Heavy, and over whelmed the entire Dish. I would ad HALF the amount, next time I make this. This is a fast meal to make for last minute get togethers, served with a fresh Salad and Garlic Bread! Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!"

murrworm88 163694
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"After reading the reviews, I opted to make a few adjustments. You can mix & match as you like. Last night, I roasted a big sweet onion, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, and sliced mushrooms. For my sauce, I just had 2 cans of diced italian style tomatoes (14.5oz ea.) and 1 can of tomato sauce on hand. I left out the brown sugar and added a bit of italian seasoning. Oh- we are big italian sausage lovers so that it was I used. Big fans of this recipe!!"

angela32 163693
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"We really liked this. I didn't have any puree on hand, so I used marinara sauce in it's place. I also added more garlic and used whole wheat pasta."

gurlgonebonkers 163691
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"This was fantastic. I loved the roasted eggplant added to the dish. It was simple yet delicious. The only thing I changed up was the onion preparation. I sauteed them in olive oil and butter with a bit of salt. I put that in with the noodles and then used the saute pan to make the beef and prepare per recipe. I loved it as is, but my meat-loving other half would have preferred more meat. I could see adding sliced sausage to up the ante a bit."

Sager 182944
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"H ere I go again...tomato sauce with the roasted cherry tomatoes.The way this review has gone for me I'm lucky that I didn't burn the house down trying to fix dinner tonight. :-)"

Sager 180664
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"Just finished writing a rating on this recipe. I need to clarify.I added 1/2 can of 8 ounce of tomato sauce with the roast."

Sager 180663
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"Tonight we had this recipe for dinner. We thought it was terrific. I altered the recipe by throwing in a couple handfuls of roasted cherry tomatoes and tomato rather the tomato puree."

kkrausern 105191
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"tweeked this for what i had on hand--one eggplant, 2 zucchini, red bell pepper, large onion and a box of grape tomatoes--roasted them all in the oven with 5 cloves of garlic (in the skin). did not use beef, went with 1/2 pound of italian sweet sausage and 1 box coarsly chopped mushrooms, sauteed after the meat. mixed it all (after squeezing out the garlic, of course) with large can crushed tomatoes and italina seasonings, and stirred in a pound of cooked penne. garnished with fresh basil and oregano. i believe this will be in the menu in heaven, it tastes and smells so wonderful......"

catawampus 168419
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"I thought this was a good recipe. The roasting definitely helps to concentrate the flavors of the vegetables and get rid of most of the water. I used diced tomatoes in place of the puree and thought the chucks of tomatoes were a nice touch. One thing to note is that in my experience, you should always use a good quality tomato puree. My personal favorite is Muir Glen. You really can taste a difference."

stephanieann1983 114109
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I really enjoyed the recipe. It was the first time I had made anything with eggplant before so it was an experiment for me. My boyfriend liked it as well. He said that the eggplant and cheese tastes mixing together was very interesting to him."

eli05 165830
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"Did not like this at all, no one in my family did"

Eiremic 180114
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"This was a crowd pleaser. When I went for left overs the next day I discovered my adult daughter loved it so much she took what little bit of leftovers there were home."

JCV4 113662
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"A great recipe to help use up the summer produce. I added a bit more garlic and some basil, too. Thanks!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"This recipe has a lot of good ingredients on its own but I added fresh basil and after 20 minutes,topped it with 8 oz. of shredded cheddar and baked until browned, about 10-15 mintues more."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"I have made this twice and I really like it just the way it is, but I gave it to a friend who substituted grilled chicken and his family said they preferred it with chicken."

DarkestDay 143997
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"Fast and tastey."

tkdgal 114107
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"this was okay--the baked veggies by themselves were wonderful--but, I think it must have been the sauce I didn't care for--spaghetti sauce would have probably been better, thanks"

CatherineTR 168378
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"I made this tonight for my family. I did not have yellow squash so made it with more zucchini and eggplant. They all loved it, even my daughter who doesnt like to eat veggies! She ate it all and asked for more! This is definitely going into the "make again" box!"

sjohnson32 98551
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"This was so good and I loved the veggies !!!"

TheChristmasLady 184763
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"no thank you, not really exciting"

AnnKup 180662
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"Delicious! My husband loved it!"

dmgiblin 182940
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Loved, loved, loved this. Super simple and delicious. I even prepped the veggies before work and stored in the fridge. Then just added to the sauce to heat up while the pasta was still cooking. Definite keeper."

blessedmomof5 98537
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Great taste! The vegies are great all by themselves."

sewnaner 114106
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"Love it"

asnunez 143994
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"We don't eat meat so I used TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) in place of the beef. Fantastic!!!"

jamerbuddy 113654
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"Yummy!!! I used turkey instead and it turned out great!"

abacoamom 99142
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"Eggplant is one of my most favorite veggies. Neither of my teens will eat it, but they did with this one because they didn't know it was there. My kind of recipe!"

pastiepie 114105
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"I used ground turkey instead of beef and everyone loved it."

terri4468 165829
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Loved this dish. Even our picky teens ate seconds. Will do this meal again."

Gabrielle Schroader 168374
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2009

"Yummy! I don't normally cook eggplant, so this was a great recipe to get me and my husband to try it."

kaybeealaska 105189
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2009 Edited Sep. 29, 2009

"This is a wonderful dish that even my veggie snubbing husband loves!"

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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.