This rich, cheesy, super easy eggplant parmesan is the perfect party food, calling for only 4-ingredients and a quick stint in the oven. Your friends and family will rave over this recipe!
I love serving Italian food at parties, and this easy eggplant parmesan is one of my favorite go-to recipes. It is the perfect party food as it is simple (4-ingredients), easy (just assemble and bake), and delicious (folks rave over this dish).
Last week, I served my favorite baked ziti along with this easy eggplant parmesan for our young marrieds’ small group. I whipped up the eggplant parmesan at the last minute to make sure we had enough to feed 20-22 folks. There was not one bite of the easy eggplant parmesan left, and several of the guests asked for the recipe. It was a hit~even with those who weren’t crazy about eggplant.
Making traditional eggplant parmesan is a bit painstaking. Slicing, soaking, breading, and frying eggplant is quite a chore. Although the end results are delicious, I far prefer this easy eggplant parmesan that can be whipped up in a snap, that is baked (not fried), and that my whole family loves.
Ingredients are simple. The Dominex eggplant cutlets are the star of the show. They are breaded, frozen, ready-to-cook eggplant cutlets that take all the work out of prepping eggplant.
The other 3 ingredients~mozzarella, parmesan, and spaghetti sauce~can be totally chosen per your preference. The ingredients pictured are what I used recently, but I’ve used all different brands of sauce and cheeses based on what was in my fridge and pantry.
Where should I get the eggplant for eggplant parmesean?
Like I mentioned earlier, the eggplant that I use for this dish is the Dominex frozen ready-to-cook eggplant. This eggplant is frozen, making it much easier to store and cook that using fresh eggplant. Besides just being regular eggplant cutlets, this frozen eggplant is breaded with italian seasoning, making it the perfect addition to the sauce and cheese. This eggplant is such a good way to get some veggies in without all the added carbs of a normal lasagna dish. These yummy savvy cutlets can be found in the freezer case of almost any grocery, and its great to stock up and keep in the freezer.
What kind of sauce is best for this dish?
I recommend having two jars of spaghetti sauce for this recipe. I usually end up opening a second jar and adding about one more cup to my eggplant parmesan, as we love lots of sauce. Adding a lot of sauce makes this dish super flavorful delicious. In addition to the brand Classico tomato & basil, I love Bertolli tomato & basil spaghetti sauce; it has great flavor. Either way, just make sure to grab two jars of your favorite sauce!
How long does it take to cook eggplant parmesean?
With the oven on 350F you are going to want to cook this eggplant parmesean for 35 minutes covered. Once it has cooked for that amount, you will want to remove the cover and cook for 5-10 more minutes. Doing this will alow the cheese on top to fully melt and slightly brown, making a delicious top layer. Once you’ve done that, let it cool and then its done!
Is eggplant parmesean healthy?
Absolutley! This dish is a great alternative to a normal lasagna or baked pasta dish. It is super helpful in getting in an extra serving of veggies and keeping the carbs lower than your typical pasta dish. Though it has many less carbs, it still has all of the flavor and all of the satisfaction of a pasta dish.
Here is the simple process of assembling this easy eggplant parmesan before baking:
Make ahead: You can fully assemble the dish and stick it in the freezer until time to bake. Once baked, this keeps very well in a warm oven for up to an hour without becoming dry. Leftovers are yummy also.
This easy eggplant parmesan makes a perfect meatless main dish or accompaniment to other Italian dishes and is seriously the easiest dish you could ever make.
Please let me hear from you if you try this recipe! I feel sure you’ll love it. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!
If you like this recipe, here are some others to try out:
- 1 box Dominex frozen eggplant cutlets
- 1 pkg (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce (may add more if needed)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray baking dish liberally with cooking spray.
- Spread a layer of sauce on bottom of dish.
- Layer eggplant cutlets atop sauce.
- Sprinkle half of mozzarella and parmesan over cutlets.
- Pour remaining sauce over.
- Sprinkle with remainder of cheeses.
- Cover and bake 35 minutes.
- Uncover; bake 5-10 more minutes or until cheese is melted and sligthly brown.
Nutrition InformationServing Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 640Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 120mgSodium 1360mgProtein 64g