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Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Eggplant parmesan or chicken parmesan?

I’m totally in the eggplant camp. Not that I don’t love chicken parmesan too, but oh do I love eggplant more for this classic dish!

The reason I call this Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna is because I like to add layers of ricotta in between the eggplant layers, making the dish sort of a cross between the two. And you know, even though we’re adding more cheese to the dish, we make up for it by baking the eggplant slices instead of deep frying them. It’s so much easier too!

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna Recipe
I’m taking this Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna to a baby shower…a virtual baby shower, that is!!

The adorable and hilarious Bev from Bev Cooks is having a baby (well, actually two babies), and I got together with around 30 other food bloggers to throw her a virtual baby shower organized by Julie, Aggie, and Lisa! The sense of community is one of my favorite parts about the food blogging world, and I hope that you love all the dishes we made for you, Bev!

To make this eggplant parmesan lasagna, start by breading sliced eggplant in flour, then egg, then panko bread crumbs:

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna Recipe

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes, until they’re brown and crispy like this:

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna Recipe

Spread some tomato sauce in the bottom of a baking dish, then add a single layer of eggplant slices:

Skinny Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Then start layering on the other goodies, like whole milk ricotta cheese:

Ricotta Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

And parmesan and mozzarella…and more sauce, eggplant, cheese, etc:

Ricotta Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Bake until bubbling and garnish with basil! So easy and delicious.

Check out these other dishes for Bev’s Virtual Baby Shower, or get the Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna recipe below!

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Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

Yield: Serves 4-6


2 lb globe eggplant
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs beaten with 2 tbsp water
2 cups panko bread crumbs
3-4 cups prepared tomato sauce
2 cups whole milk ricotta
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper
fresh basil, for garnish


Slice the eggplant into 1/4inch thick slices, then sprinkle with 2 tsp of salt. Set the eggplant slices in a colander for 30 minutes, and during this time they will release liquid. Remove the eggplant slices to several layers of paper towel and press each slice on both sides with paper towel to soak up excess liquid.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and pull out two sheet trays.

Set up a breading station with the first bowl filled with flour, the second bowl filled with the beaten eggs, and the third bowl with the panko bread crumbs. Bread each eggplant slice by first dipping in the flour, shaking off the excess, then dipping in the egg, shaking off the excess, then dipping in the bread crumbs, and place on a sheet tray. Repeat until all the eggplant slices are coated, and be sure to spread them out in a single layer with a little room in between each. Sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper, and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Now it's time to layer the ingredients! Spread out a half cup of tomato sauce in the bottom of an 8x8 dish, then add a single layer of eggplant slices. Then spread an even layer of ricotta, and some mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Add more sauce, then eggplant, then ricotta, then cheese, and keep repeating until you've used up all the ingredients.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until the tomato sauce is bubbling, then serve! Enjoy.

Leave a comment:


  1. Sarah | The Sugar Hit posted on December 10, 2013 at 5:30 am (#)

    I’m totally in the eggplant camp too. This looks delicious!

  2. shelly (cookies and cups) posted on December 10, 2013 at 8:22 am (#)

    I am SO making this!

  3. Aimee @ Simple Bites posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:35 am (#)

    Looks like the perfect dinner. Pinned!

  4. kelly @ livelovepasta posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:52 am (#)

    eggplant is my life. 😉

  5. Bev @ Bev Cooks posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:52 am (#)

    Oh my goooooosh this looks incredible! I can’t thank you enough for being a part of today’s surprise! I’m overwhelmed. Thank you so much!

    P.S. you can fedex this to me annnyyytiiimmmmmeeee.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 15th, 2013 at 9:37 am

      YAY!!! And lol at your P.S.! Your comments always crack me up Bev 😉

  6. Liz posted on December 10, 2013 at 11:45 am (#)

    Thank you for the nice recipe.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 15th, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Hope you enjoy it Liz!

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted on December 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm (#)

    I love making eggplant parm this way! Who needs the fryer?? I actually have one in my freezer from when I was “nesting” and will be eating it later this week!! :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 15th, 2013 at 9:37 am

      That’s so smart of you! Hope you’re enjoying your family time =)

  8. Kiki posted on December 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm (#)

    Hi Joanne, I love this version! I’ve made eggplant parmesan so often, but really dislike frying the aubergine slices in a pan. Your version with oven baked slices sounds so much better. I’ll try that next time.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 15th, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I agree Kiki. It takes so long too because the eggplant slices are so wide! The baked way is easier and healthier =)

  9. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm (#)

    This looks amazing! I love eggplant parmesan but adding ricotta sounds GORGEOUS! Your photos are stunning too :)

  10. Heather || Heather's Dish posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm (#)

    I can’t get over the beaded water on the eggplant – what a STUNNING shot! And this recipe just sounds over the top wonderful!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 15th, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Heather! It was a gorgeous eggplant from a local farm. So pretty!

  11. Arthur in the Garden! posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm (#)

    I am totally in the eggplant camp, too!

  12. Shaina posted on December 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm (#)

    Such a lovely eggplant parm!

  13. Laurie {Simply Scratch} posted on December 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm (#)

    This is perfection!

  14. Lisa [With Style & Grace] posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:08 am (#)

    Oh, love this!! Definitely going to do this for the fam.

  15. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted on December 11, 2013 at 1:37 am (#)

    I’ve never made this or eaten it but gosh, I want to!

  16. brandi posted on December 11, 2013 at 9:28 am (#)

    i LOVE eggplant parm, and this is beautiful!!

  17. Aggie posted on December 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm (#)

    I raise my hand for eggplant!! Wow, this looks absolutely amazing. Fantastic recipe!

    Thanks so much for being a part of Bev’s celebration!!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 15th, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Thanks for organizing it Aggie! Doing things like this warms my heart =)

  18. Gaby posted on December 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm (#)

    I love eggplant parmesan and this looks amazing!!

  19. Kathy - Panini Happy posted on December 12, 2013 at 12:54 am (#)

    “Bake until bubbling”…three of my favorite words in cooking. :-) So yum, Joanne!

  20. Bam's Kitchen posted on December 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm (#)

    Just wanted to stop by and wish you a safe and happy holiday and happy cooking. Take Care, BAM

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 15th, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thank you!!! Happy holidays to you too! Haven’t talked in ages, hope you’re well!

  21. Beth posted on December 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm (#)

    I love your blog. I love everything about your blog. The pictures, the layout, the tone and the recipes are all impressive. I found your site while researching food blogger conventions. I will post your site on my blogroll as that is how impressed I am.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Beth, thanks so much! That is really kind, and I’m happy you enjoy Fifteen Spatulas. You have a lovely blog as well…and quite a story! I’m going to try that baked eggplant technique. Happy holidays!

  22. tammy tyshenko posted on November 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm (#)

    Can I prepare a day in advance and then bake when I get to my in-laws?

  23. margery posted on November 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm (#)

    I’m also wondering about making this ahead. Has anyone tried that? Better to bake and then reheat? or make ahead and bake fresh? Thanks for any tips!