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Hearty Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Hearty Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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heatskitchen User ID: 8366358 232315
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Loved this! Eggplant is amazing for a meatless Monday! Here's my blog post on it:"

Suzanne048 User ID: 6002143 126097
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!"

lindyhunt User ID: 4982377 126091
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!"

nmbarker User ID: 977509 165582
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. :)"

judyanddean User ID: 4517754 152324
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."

Taximom5 User ID: 3945697 150775
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"Step 2 in the directions: "In a large skillet, cook eggplant in oil in batches until golden brown on both sides; drain." Umm, hello? That isn't oven-baking, that's FRYING. Just because you bake it in step 3 AFTER you've fried it in oil doesn't un-fry it, and it certainly doesn't make it healthier! I didn't make this dish. It looks delicious, and it probably is. But don't let the description fool you into thinking it's oven-baked instead of fried, nor that it's "healthier" than any other standard eggplant parmigiana recipe."

kmaas262 User ID: 2606331 104629
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"Not sure what's up, I gave it 4 stars..."

kmaas262 User ID: 2606331 170134
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"I fried with spray, too. Be sure the bread crumbs are more of a fine crush - ones that didn't stay on just got added on the bottom of the baking dish. :)"

connielangston User ID: 3766322 95769
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2009

"I tried the lighter version, as chezshea suggested. Thanks for the tip. It was great without the guilt of frying.I sprinkled a little mozzarella on top at the end. Cl"

chezshea User ID: 3621564 77653
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"If you are truly wanting to lower the fat in this recipe. Try spraying the spray the breaded eggplant with "olive oil cooking spray" then put on a preheated baking tray that is again sprayed with the "olive oil spray" right before you add the eggplant. Turn it once while you "fry it" without oil in the oven. Then put it in your baking dish for the additional time you suggest.

It's lighter, brighter, just as good, with even less fat and calories.

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