Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

1 hour 20 minutes

total time


2 large eggplants

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pinch salt, or as needed

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, sliced

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 cups prepared marinara sauce

½ cup water, plus more as needed

¾ cup ricotta cheese

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup shredded pepperjack cheese

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

¾ cup dry bread crumbs

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Cut 5 crosswise slices from center area of each eggplant, about 1/2-inch thick, to total 10 slices. Peel and dice remaining pieces of eggplant.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until oil is very hot. Sprinkle eggplant slices lightly with a pinch of salt and cook in hot skillet in batches until slightly softened, about 3 minutes per side. Set eggplant slices aside on paper towels.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet and cook garlic for about 10 seconds; add diced eggplant and season with a pinch of salt and red pepper flakes. Saute until eggplant is softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in marinara sauce and water. Turn heat to medium-low and cook until eggplant is tender, about 15 minutes; stir occasionally. If sauce gets too thick, add a little more water.

Combine ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, pepperjack cheese, a pinch of salt, and a pinch black pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Spread about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture over each eggplant slice. Fold eggplant slices in half to enclose the cheese mixture.

Spread about half the sauce into an 8x8-inch baking dish. Lay folded eggplant slices in a single layer into the dish. Spread remaining sauce over eggplant slices.

Combine bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl; mix thoroughly. Spread crumb mixture over eggplant casserole.

Bake in the preheated oven until casserole is bubbling and crumbs are browned, 35 to 40 minutes.


Serving Size



397 kcal

Total Fat

21 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



20 mg


906 mg

Total Carbohydrate

41 g

Dietary Fiber

12 g

Total Sugars

17 g


13 g

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

1 hour 20 minutes

total time
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