Thursday, October 27, 2011

Eggplant Parm Casserole

I make a rich, hearty, decadent, cheesy layered eggplant Parmesan.  I love every bite of it. However, when I was asked to make a vegetarian dish for the AmeriCorps group that came to help with flood cleanup. I don't do vegetarian very often as I am a dyed-in-the-wool-no-holds-barred Omnivore.  However, I knew I could figure something out. I thought right away of eggplant because it is hearty and filling and I knew they would be working hard and need a substantial meal. I could not use mushrooms as there were allergy issues. But I had to work that day AND I had a cross-country meet after work so my prep/cooking time was small... my traditional eggplant parm was out...too time consuming.  SO I had to rethink the dish and I came up with this easy, quick casserole dish with the same elements of Eggplant Parm.

Eggplant Parm Casserole  (for 10)

3 lr eggplants  peeled and cubed
1 large onion cubed
3 heads of garlic minced
3 tbl olive oil
1  28oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup of your favorite jarred tomato sauce
1  1/2 cup ricotta
2 cups mozzarella shredded
1/2 cup Romano cheese
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 tbl butter melted

I used a xl deep  foil baking pan when I made this....bigger than a 9x13.  Preheat oven to  350.

Put eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with salt..let sit 10 min then rinse and dry. 
In a large skillet saute onions and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat DO NOT BROWN. Just cook until transparent. Add eggplant. Stir well . Cover for about 5 minutes. Then stir again and saute until the eggplant begins to soften.  Drain the tomatoes and add to the pan.  Continue to cook and stir until heated though.
Put 1/3 of the tomato sauce on bottom of pan...then 1/2 the eggplant mixture, then 1/2  of each cheese. Repeat the layers.. Stir the bread crumbs into the melted butter and sprinkle over the top. Bake uncovered until heated through and browned on top 20-40 minutes.


  1. What a great and quick lasagna for a weeknight meal. Thanks for sharing!

  2. New follower. Found you over at Dee's site and decided to swing on by and say hello. Great recipe. Your logo is completely adorable.

  3. @ KIM - My daughters friend at college drew me in cartoon form and it was so wonderful so I used it for my logo! Thanks for the compliment I will pass it on to her. Thank you so much for dropping by and for commenting!!
    @ Dee - I enjoy your blog so glad you stopped in and posted.


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