Eggplant with Tomato Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 1 hour


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 15, 2022
My grandmother brought this recipe from Italy about 125 years ago. It's been passed through the generations and is now being made by my own great-granddaughters! It's a delightful side dish that we serve with a variety of main courses such as pasta with meatballs or baked chicken. I make it every week!


  • 2 pounds eggplant, unpeeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional olive oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut eggplant into 1/2-in.-thick slices. Sprinkle with salt. Place in a deep dish; cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Rinse with cold water; drain and dry on paper towels. In a 2-qt. saucepan, heat oil over medium heat Add the tomatoes, garlic, basil and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm while preparing eggplant. In a large skillet, heat about 1/4 cup oil; brown eggplant, a quarter at a time, adding more oil as needed. Place on a serving platter one row at a time. Cover with sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 148 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 525mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein.