Baked eggplant Parmesan

Heather Disarro

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Baked eggplant Parmesan is a healthier take on a family favorite. Top with breadcrumbs for the perfect take on the traditionally fried Italian dish.

baked eggplant parmesan

Baked eggplant Parmesan

Serves 6


  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 cups prepared marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together the eggs in 1 bowl.
  4. Stir together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and black pepper in another bowl.
  5. Before dredging wipe each eggplant slice dry with a paper towel.
  6. Turn to coat in the egg mixture, then turn to coat with the breadcrumb mixture, and then lay the slices about 1/2-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Repeat until all of the eggplant slices are coated.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes, carefully turning halfway, until the eggplant is tender and the breadcrumb topping is browned.
  9. Remove from the oven.
  10. Spread 1/4 cup of the marinara sauce into the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish.
  11. Create 1 layer of eggplant slices, then another layer of marinara, and repeat until all of the eggplant is used up.
  12. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  13. Enjoy hot.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.