Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

5 from 13 votes

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe from Platter Talk –
While walking through my favorite grocery store, I ran across a special that they were having on eggplant.  I knew that Dan had made some very delicious things with with this rarely used vegetable, so it was a no-brainer to throw it into the cart.  Never in a million years would I have thought that I would be creating my very own Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe.

eggplant parmesan in a pan.
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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

I must admit, I have never cooked with egg plant.  I find it a very pretty vegetable but I have always been scared to cook with it.  That was until I got the call from Dan that he was having a very busy day.  In an effort to try to surprise him, I decided to put my fears aside and try my hand at my very first Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe.

A bunch of breaded eggplant I remember watching Dan make a similar recipe and he breaded and fried his eggplant.  While I knew that was an option, I decided to take another approach, the oven.  By baking the breaded eggplant, I was able to make a more healthy alternative.  Baking gives this Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe a lighter, less greasy texture, but still had all the crunch and flavor.

Up until a few years ago, I would run to the pantry and get a jar of my favorite spaghetti sauce.  Mainly because it was convenient.  H0wever, after experimenting with making my own marina, I found that putting together a sauce is easy and much more flavorful, plus you can control and know everything going into it.

sauce simmering in a pan.

With my Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe, I took the liberty to make a sauce with fresh red pepper and fresh mushrooms.  Maybe not a tradition but oh, so tasty.

A serving of eggplant parmesan and bread
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I can’t tell you how much fun I had to put this together.  Although, I will admit, when Dan came home I was a little nervous.  How would my first attempt at a Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe taste?  Did I mention that he invited a friend over to dinner as well?  The pressure was on.

A close up of a plate of food, with Eggplant
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Well, my fears were quickly laid to rest with the first bite.  Success!  Our guest even asked to take a piece of my Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe home with her so she could have it for lunch the next day.  What a great compliment.

What do you have to lose?  I have taken all the fear out of this recipe for you.  Just follow my instructions, invite some friends over, open a bottle of wine, insert your favorite conversation and enjoy a big piece of this Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe.  -Scott

A close up of a plate of food with a fork, with Eggplant
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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe from Platter Talk

5 from 13 votes
Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe from Platter Talk
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours
Yield: 8 servings


for the sauce

  • 1 LB Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 28 oz can Italian crushed tomatoes
  • 28 oz can Italian diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz can tomato paste, small can
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 TBS minced garlic
  • 2-3 TBS dried oregano, or to taste
  • 2-3 TBS garlic powder, or to taste
  • 2-3 TBS dried basil, or to taste
  • 2-3 pinches of sugar, or to taste - sweetens the sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

for everything else

  • 1 med eggplant sliced into 1/2 thick slices
  • 3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TBS water
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2-3 cups shredded Italian cheese blend, Parmesan, Mozzarella, or preference
  • salt and pepper to taste


for the sauce

  • Place a large pan over medium heat on your stove top.
  • Add Italian sausage and cook until crumbly and browned.
  • If needed, pour off excess grease from the meat leaving a small amount.
  • Add onions and peppers to the meat and cook until the onion becomes translucent and the red peppers start to soften.
  • Push the meat and vegetable mixture to the sides of your pan creating an open circle in the middle of your pan.
  • Put tomato paste in the hole that you created and cook the tomato paste for a few minutes until the paste becomes darker. This will help to intensify the flavor.
  • Mix your meat mixture with the tomato paste.
  • Add the red wine and stir together.
  • Cook for a minute of two or until the mixture thickens.
  • Add the mushrooms and the remaining ingredients.
  • Stir together.
  • Place a lid on your pan, leaving it open just a little bit, and reduce heat to a low simmer stirring occasionally.
  • Cook for at least an hour to allow the vegetables to finish cooking and the flavors to incorporate.
  • Turn off heat, remove the lid and allow to cool.

for everything else

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Crack eggs into a bowl and add water and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Whisk the eggs and set aside.
  • Stir together the Italian and Panko breadcrumbs together and set aside.
  • Place aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and brush olive oil on the foil. This will help the eggplant no to stick while baking.
  • Take eggplant slices and dip into the egg mixture allowing the the excess egg to drain from the eggplant.
  • Dip both sides of the eggplant into the breadcrumb mixture to coat and place on cookie sheet.
  • Continue until all eggplant slices are breaded.
  • Place in the oven and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.
  • Check the underside of the eggplant and see if golden brown. If so, flip the eggplant over and cook the other side for approximately the same time. If it is not golden brown, allow to cook for a few more minutes before flipping. Watch eggplant carefully so you don't burn them.
  • When golden on both sides, remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Increase the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a oblong pan (approximately 9X6) add 1/2-3/4 cup of sauce to the bottom of pan. Spread so that it coats bottom of pan.
  • Place a layer of eggplant on top of the sauce.
  • Add 1/2-3/4 cup of sauce to the top of the 1st layer of eggplant.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Repeat the layering starting with the sauce, eggplant and cheese.
  • Place in oven and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until the cheese it completely melted and sauce begins to bubble.
  • Slice and serve immediately.
  • Enjoy.


Calories: 318kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 1004mg, Potassium: 470mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 494IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 136mg, Iron: 8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Your sauce sounds so good! This looks like a filling and tasty meal!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m not an eggplant person – but it does look scrumptious – anything with cheese who can resist right

  3. Such a childhood favorite over here! I’ll have to whip some up vegan!

  4. I love this dish and make several variations of it to suite the different seasons. I love that you dip the eggplant slices in breadcrumbs first. Got to try that out next time!

  5. This looks absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try this recipe it contains all of my favourite things.

  6. 5 stars
    This looks delicious and I love so many things about this recipe. It looks simple enough to make and very nutritious. I am definitely going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing! Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  7. 5 stars
    I love eggplant parm but I have never had it baked like this and with turkey sausage! It looks hearty and really tasty, thanks for sharing!