Baked Eggplant Parmesan Casserole #SundaySupper

by lisa on February 11, 2018 · 4 comments

This week, Sunday Supper is featuring meatless casseroles. My pick is Baked Eggplant Parmesan Casserole. No frying eggplant for me. I make it the lazy person’s way! 

Eggplant parmesan has always been one of my favorites. I never have made it very often because I didn’t like all the work involved. There was breading the eggplant, frying it, making the sauce, putting the casserole together then baking it. Forget all that! I have a new way of doing it which cuts calories and also saves plenty of time.

Don’t get me wrong. I love breaded, fried eggplant. Or breaded, baked eggplant. But when you put it in a casserole with sauce and cheese, the breading tends to get a little soggy. My new way of making eggplant parmesan is to slice the eggplant fairly thin and roast it on parchment paper for 20 minutes in the oven. Do not omit this step because you will have a watery casserole if you don’t bake the eggplant first. I then put the casserole together with marinara and cheese. It’s baked for 35 more minutes then it’s time to eat. You can even serve it with pasta if you like. And the leftovers are mighty good on a nice fresh hoagie roll. This dish is a bit more time consuming than many others I make but very well worth it.

I prefer smaller eggplant because I think they are more flavorful and less bitter. I slice the eggplant and sprinkle it with salt to release the moisture and bitterness from it before cooking. It’s easy to dry with paper towels. Just make sure you set some time to do this. It makes a world of difference in the flavor of the dish.

I make my own marinara sauce and like to keep some in the freezer. My sauce takes only 25 minutes to make but it’s always good to have a batch on hand.

Lent starts this week and many are looking for meatless dinners. So after you are done taking a look at this recipe, go take a look at the list of other meatless casseroles for lent. You do not have to serve them for lent though. Or even be Catholic for that matter. These dishes are perfect for vegetarians or for people that would just like to have a meatless meal.

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Casserole
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Recipe type: Casserole
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
 
This cheesy casserole is a perfect vegetarian dinner.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium eggplant, ends cut off
  • sea salt
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tablespoons dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the eggplant into ¼ inch slices. Line a cutting board with paper towels and lay out the eggplant then sprinkle with seas salt. Let eggplant rest for 15 minutes then blot all moisture with additional paper towels.
  2. After eggplant is dried off, place it on two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Brush the eggplant with olive oil.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, turning eggplant once halfway during cooking time.
  4. Spray a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Put a few spoons of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Line it with ⅓ of the eggplant.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Spoon half of the cheese mixture over the eggplant. Top with about ⅓ of the sauce. Then sprinkle with ⅓ of the mozzarella cheese.
  7. Top with another layer of eggplant, remaining ricotta cheese mixture, sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  8. Next do a layer of eggplant, remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with parsley.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until casserole is cooked and bubbly. Remove foil and bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

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Liz February 11, 2018 at 7:27 am

Lisa, I LOVE this lighter, easier and still cheesy Eggplant Parm!! Perfect for Lent!

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lisa February 15, 2018 at 11:28 pm

Thanks! I make it once a week!

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Cindy@CindysRecipesandWritings February 11, 2018 at 10:31 am

I like the idea for sandwiches too!

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Wendy February 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Perfect meal for any time of the year.

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