Traditional Eggplant Parmesan recipes can be time consuming and high in calories. This recipe is simple enough to tackle for a quick weeknight meal, easy enough to be made by a home cook of any skill level, and lower in calories thanks to the use of fresh eggplant instead of the fried and breaded kind. While we tested this recipe using a traditional Black Beauty eggplant, virtually any eggplant variety would work just as well.
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into ¼-inch rounds
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 (26-ounce) jar spaghetti or tomato sauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Salt each side of the eggplant slices and let stand for 30 minutes; rinse and pat dry. Combine the ricotta and egg in a small bowl and mix until smooth. Stir in the garlic powder, pepper, basil, and rosemary. Set aside ⅓ cup each of the Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
- Evenly spread ⅓ cup of tomato sauce in a 9 x 12-inch baking dish. Layer the eggplant slices to cover the bottom, overlapping as little as possible. Spread half the ricotta cheese mixture over the eggplant, followed by a cup of tomato sauce. Sprinkle with ⅓ cup each Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers until the dish is full or all of the eggplant has been used. Top with any remaining sauce and the reserved cheeses.
- Bake, covered with foil, for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.
Featured Ingredient: Eggplant
Eggplant's versatility in the kitchen makes it an excellent ingredient from which to build many delicious dishes. With a mild flavor, it's excellent grilled with spices, roasted with other summer vegetables, or added to hummus (a great calorie-cutting trick). Pureed eggplant can also be added to sauces, creating a delectable creaminess without adding dairy. It's mild enough to serve a supporting role in a dish, but unique enough to stand on its own. You won't regret adding this gem to your garden! Here's what you need to know about growing eggplant.