Eggplant Parm Casserole

Sep 08



Holy leftovers Batman! See these six containers above? This was after we ate 3-4 servings ourselves. So much food, and so delicious too. I bought a ton of eggplant at le Costco, so I had to think of many ways to make eggplant.

It’s funny, but eggplant parm was not my first thought….but when it did come up, all I wanted was a big, hearty casserole….with lots of cheese. Yes, lots. I think I succeeded, and with all the leftovers, I continued to eat cheese and eggplant and more cheese for days to come. Lucky me!


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  • 1/2 lb penne pasta (whole wheat)
  • 1-2 jars marinara sauce
  • dried basil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 medium eggplant
  • 2 eggs
  • Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • olive oil
  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Cooking pasta according to package instructions, but cook 2 minutes less than box instructions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, slice eggplant. Prepare two rimmed plates/large bowls. One should have the two eggs scrambled with a bit of water. The other should be full of breadcrumbs.


Coat each piece of eggplant with egg and then with the breadcrumbs. Heat large skillet with olive oil. Pan-fry each eggplant slice, flipping halfway through.


In the casserole dish, layer marinara sauce, sprinkling of basil, pasta. Do this until the pasta is done (it should be two pasta layers). Add a layer of mozzarella cheese.


Now add a layer of fried eggplant. There should be just one layer. Then cover with marianara sauce and then lots and lots of cheese.


Bake 15-20 minutes. For the last 2-3 minutes, turn on the broiler, so the cheese gets crispy on top!


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Comments: 36

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Sep 10 at 10:02 am Reply

    I love that you made a casserole out of it. I love eggplant parm and I like this even better because I think the recipe would go further with my family.

  2. Crystal Barrett Sep 10 at 10:14 am Reply

    Eggplant Parmesan is a family favorite! Saving this one :)

  3. Carol at Wild Goose Tea Sep 10 at 11:43 am Reply

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I love eggplant. My daughter in law makes a version of this for me every birthday. I pinned this, because why wait a year for something I love so much. Duh!

  4. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes Sep 10 at 11:48 am Reply

    What a delicious use of all those leftovers!

  5. KIm (Feed Me, Seymour) Sep 10 at 12:44 pm Reply

    This look fantastic! I would totally be ok with having a ton of leftovers. :)

  6. Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom Sep 10 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Love eggplant and cheese and using up left overs, WINNING!

  7. This looks delicious! Anytime you can put something delicious into a casserole form, you’ve got a winner.

  8. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) Sep 10 at 12:56 pm Reply

    I have never tried eggplant before, can you believe it? Looks like I may be missing out a bit. Love the look of your yummy casserole! Great idea!

  9. Debbie L. Sep 10 at 1:30 pm Reply

    My hubby LOVES Eggplant Parmesan- it is one of his favorite meals

  10. Amanda @The Kitcheneer Sep 10 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Eggplant parm is the thing I usually order if we go to an Italian restaurant, I love that you put it into a casserole! YUM

  11. Chrystal @ YUM eating Sep 10 at 4:34 pm Reply

    I was really bummed out that heavy rainstorms ruined my eggplant in the garden this year. I was really looking forward to some good Italian recipes!

  12. Janel (A Mom's Take) Sep 10 at 7:19 pm Reply

    That looks good. I’ve been wondering what to make with my eggplant from my back yard garden. I’ll have to give this a go.

  13. Pam Sep 10 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Yum yum yum! What a great idea! My whole family loves eggplant parm and of course in the south casseroles are a big deal, so this is just brilliant!

  14. Debbie Denny Sep 10 at 7:47 pm Reply

    I think that sounds yummy. I picked up some Asian eggplant at the farmers market and it would be great this way.

  15. Terry Sep 10 at 7:57 pm Reply

    Eggplant Parmesan is probably one of my most favorite foods. My Hubs likes zucchini parm.

  16. brett Sep 10 at 9:07 pm Reply

    i have six eggplants i need to use this weekend! i think i’ll make some casseroles!!

  17. Carly Anderson Sep 10 at 9:37 pm Reply

    I actually have never made or ate eggplant Parmesan! It looks so delicious, though!

  18. I love eggplant parm. My grandfather taught me to make it when I was a teen. I never thought to do it as a casserole.

  19. Megan Sep 11 at 1:10 am Reply

    I love eggplant parmesan. I’ve never had it with penne pasta before but this looks like a really yummy recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

  20. Shasta Walton Sep 11 at 8:14 am Reply

    I have never tried eggplant, but have always wanted to. This looks like a great recipe.

  21. Brandy Sep 11 at 10:00 am Reply

    I love this idea, I never know what to do with eggplant and have not ever eaten it to be honest, but this sounds like a great way to introduce it to myself and my family! Thanks for this recipe idea for dinner!

  22. Tracey Sep 11 at 10:58 am Reply

    This looks amazing! I’ve never tried eggplant parm before but this is on my must make list now!

  23. Lisa Sep 11 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I’ve actually never tried eggplant. This sounds delish though!

  24. Krystal Sep 11 at 1:37 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried eggplant parm before! I use avoid eggplants but this looks good!

  25. Christie Sep 11 at 2:22 pm Reply

    Eggplant parm is one of my absolute fave dishes! Looks so delish!

  26. Lori Gunn Sep 11 at 3:50 pm Reply

    This eggplant parm casserole recipe looks and sounds delicious. I’m amazed at all the extras left over for another few meals.

  27. veronica Sep 11 at 4:28 pm Reply

    I am not a big fan of eggplant but I think I could totally have this dish. That sure goes a long way.

  28. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos Sep 11 at 11:14 pm Reply

    Brilliant Elizabeth! Looks like the perfect comfort food dish!

  29. Beth@KCMompreneurs Sep 11 at 11:46 pm Reply

    That is a lot of eggplant. Although I am not a fan of eggplant, I know other people who would enjoy the recipe.

  30. Liz Mays Sep 11 at 11:56 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried eggplant. My boyfriend loves eggplant parm though. I really need to try it too!

  31. Mickey Sep 12 at 12:25 am Reply

    One of my best friends used to make a similar casserole in college and I’ve missed it. I’ll have to try this!

  32. Camesha Sep 12 at 12:26 am Reply

    That sounds yummy! It reminds me of a zucchini casserole a friend used to make.

  33. Kim Beaulieu Sep 12 at 2:42 am Reply

    I love this recipe. Eggplant Parm is such a classic, for good reason.

  34. Nutmeg Nanny Sep 12 at 4:30 am Reply

    My husband loves eggplant!

  35. Amy Desrosiers Sep 12 at 2:20 pm Reply

    This looks so darn good! It makes me sad that I didnt make it with my garden fresh eggplant!!

  36. fancygrlnancy Sep 12 at 3:31 pm Reply

    That looks really good. I never know how to make Egg plant. Thanks for the recipe

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