Hearty Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
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Hearty Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

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Sauteing in a reduced amount of oil helps give this classic eggplant dish a healthy twist. Add a green salad and Italian bread. Meat-free never tasted better! —Kendell Christensen, Palatine, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jar (25 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 306 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 595mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 2 vegetable 2 fat


  1. Place flour and eggs in separate shallow bowls. In another bowl, combine the bread crumbs, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Dip eggplant slices in flour and then in eggs; coat with crumb mixture.
  2. In a large skillet, cook eggplant in oil in batches until golden brown on both sides; drain. Arrange in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with marinara sauce and cheese.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Eggplant Parmesan in Country Woman February/March 2009, p25

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Loved this! Eggplant is amazing for a meatless Monday! Here's my blog post on it: http://heatskitchen.com/2015/08/29/eggplant-parmesan-3/"

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"OMG - I made this the way as directed! Fried all the way - but SO delicious! Who needs spaghetti noodles with it - it's wonderful all on it's own! I made my own sauce to go on top and put a little shredded mozarella cheese on top. My hubby absolutely loved it! Not hard to make at all! Now I'll have to try the "lighter" version of baked with spray rather than fried. Bet it's just as good!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"I have used this recipe twice and have had success with both my parents and my husband. I make it even heartier by using whole wheat four & bread crumbs and adding flax seed meal and brewers yeast. Today, instead of frying the eggplant I sprayed them with cooking spray and broiled them on high until golden brown on each side (turning after 5-8 minutes). Served of spaghetti with a leafy green side, this makes a great meal!"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I understand the confusion; however, as I was comparing recipes for eggplant, I noticed that another listed 38g fat while this one only contained 11g. :)"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I reacted the same as taximom5. If you want to make it healthier, maybe skip the frying and oven "fry" it like many chicken recipes."

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