Eggplant Parm Casserole

Sep 08

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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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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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