Eggplant Parmesan

4
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep
25 min
Cook
50 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
This version of the Italian favorite hits all the right cheesy, saucy notes for just a fraction of the calories and fat.

Ingredients

uncooked eggplant(s)

2 pound(s), medium thickness, cut in 1/2-in-thick slices

cooking spray

6 spray(s)

fresh thyme

1 tsp, chopped

table salt

¾ tsp, divided

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked shallot(s)

2 large, finely chopped (1/2 c)

crushed red pepper flakes

1 pinch, or to taste

canned tomatoes

28 oz, whole plum variety

part-skim ricotta cheese

¾ cup(s)

grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

6 Tbsp, divided

basil

¼ cup(s), fresh, chopped

panko breadcrumbs

2 Tbsp

part-skim mozzarella cheese

½ cup(s), shredded, divided

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven racks to divide oven into thirds. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Generously coat both sides of eggplant with cooking spray; divide among prepared baking sheets, arranging each batch in an even layer. Season with thyme, 1/4 tsp salt and ground pepper, pressing to adhere. Roast until golden brown and very tender, 20–25 minutes, turning eggplant and rotating pans halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and red pepper flakes; cook, stirring often, until softened, 4–5 minutes. Add tomatoes and 1/4 tsp salt; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to break up tomatoes with a spoon. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, 1/4 c Parmesan, basil and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. In a small bowl, stir together panko and remaining 2 Tbsp Parmesan.
  5. Increase oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a 10-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 c sauce in bottom of prepared dish; top with a single layer of eggplant (10–12 slices). Dot eggplant with 1/2 c ricotta mixture. Top evenly with 1/4 c mozzarella, 10-12 slices eggplant, 1 c sauce and remaining 1/2 c ricotta mixture. Repeat layering with remaining eggplant, 1/4 c mozzarella and remaining sauce. Sprinkle evenly with panko mixture.
  6. Bake on upper rack until top is golden and sauce is bubbly, about 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing into 6 pieces.
  7. Serving size: 1 piece

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