Italian Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

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Sylvia Published: December 18, 2020 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Italian Eggplant Parmesan

Easily whip up this Italian-style eggplant parmesan made with roasted eggplants, tomatoes, and fresh basil with a dash of balsamic vinegar.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Cool Time: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes



  • 3lbseggplants,about 3 smallish or 2 medium
  • ¼cupextra-virgin olive oil,plus 2 tbsp, divided
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1medium yellow onion,finely chopped
  • 2clovesgarlic,pressed or minced
  • ¼cuptomato paste
  • 28oztomatoes,crushed, preferably the fire-roasted variety
  • ¼cupfresh basil,roughly chopped, plus additional basil for garnish
  • 1tspbalsamic vinegar
  • pinchred pepper flakes
  • 6ozpart-skim mozzarella cheese,(about 1 ½ cups), freshly grated, packed
  • 2ozParmesan cheese,(about 1 cup), freshly grated


Roasted Eggplant:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F with racks in the lower and upper thirds of the oven. Line two large rimmed, baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

  2. Slice off both rounded ends on one eggplant, then stand it up on its widest flat side. Slice through the eggplant vertically to make long, even slabs ¼ to ½-inch-thick.

  3. Discard both of the sides that are covered in eggplant skin. Repeat with the other eggplants.

  4. Brush both sides of the eggplant slabs lightly with olive oil. Arrange them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle the top sides with a few dashes of salt and pepper.

  5. Roast for about 22 to 27 minutes until golden and tender. Halfway through baking, rotate the pans 180 degrees, then move the pan on the lower rack to the upper rack, and vice versa. The pan on the lower rack might need a few extra minutes in the oven to turn golden. Set aside.

Tomato Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil until shimmering.

  2. Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 4 to 7 minutes stirring occasionally until the onion is very tender and translucent.

  3. Add the garlic and tomato paste. Cook, while stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, stir to combine, and bring the mixture to a simmer.

  4. Once simmering, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce has thickened nicely about 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the chopped basil, vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes. Taste, and add more salt if necessary

To Assemble:

  1. Spread about 3/4 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a 9-inch square baker. Arrange about one-third of the eggplant slices over the sauce, overlapping slightly (cut them to fit, if necessary).

  2. Spoon another 3/4 cup of the sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

  3. Arrange about half of the remaining eggplant slices evenly on top. Spread another 3/4 cup sauce on top and sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

  4. Layer the remaining eggplant slices on top and top with 3/4 cup sauce and the remaining mozzarella cheese. Evenly sprinkle the Parmesan on top.

  5. Bake on the lower rack at 425 degrees F, uncovered, for about 20 to 25 minutes until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden. Let it cool for at least 15 minutes to set, then chop and sprinkle additional basil on top.

  6. Slice with a sharp knife and serve. Leftovers keep well, covered and refrigerated, for about 4 days. Reheat before serving.


  • Calories: 206.28kcal
  • Fat: 12.82g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.90g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.24g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.03g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.42g
  • Fiber: 6.35g
  • Sugar: 9.41g
  • Protein: 9.20g
  • Cholesterol: 21.10mg
  • Sodium: 681.25mg
  • Calcium: 217.87mg
  • Potassium: 684.53mg
  • Iron: 1.08mg
  • Vitamin A: 96.40µg
  • Vitamin C: 18.25mg
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