John’s Eggplant Parmesan

Lauren Conforti


This casserole is started the night before to let the eggplant drain to remove any bitterness. This is a wonderful vegetarian dish (with no sausage or meatballs) that is even better the next day!


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6-8 depending on size of eggplant
1 Hr


  • 1 medium
    or large eggplant
  • 2
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 c
    parmesan cheese
  • 1 c
    italian bread crumbs (can use plain seasoned with oregano, thyme, parsley, basil, garlic powder & onion powder)
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 c
    mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 c
    cheddar, shredded (optional, for color)
  • 1 1/2-2 c
    spaghetti sauce (see recipe for conforti family red gravy)
  • ·
    olive oil, extra virgin

How to Make John’s Eggplant Parmesan


  1. Break up any sausage and/or meatballs, if there are any in sauce.
  2. Peel & slice eggplant. Layer between paper towels in a colander & lightly salt each layer (this will draw out any bitterness) Put weight on top, such as a large can of tomatoes & let sit in fridge overnight.
  3. Then in a bowl combine the eggs, milk & tobasco sauce. Beat eggs well.
  4. In another bowl combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan and salt & pepper. Combine well with a fork.
  5. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Then preheat oven to 350F.
  6. Dip each slice of eggplant in the egg mixture, then in the bread crumb mixture. Fry over medium heat until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  7. Spray a casserole dish. Spread a light layer of sauce on the bottom. Add a layer of eggplant slices. (Try not to overlap much)
  8. Add a layer of mozzarella & Parmesan.
  9. Layer sauce, eggplant, cheeses, sauce, eggplant, cheeses, until casserole is full. Add cheddar, if desired, in last layer for color.
  10. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes, then bake at 450F for 5-10 minutes until cheese is golden brown & casserole is bubbly.

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About John’s Eggplant Parmesan

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy

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