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Easy Eggplant Recipe

Updated on January 5, 2015

Ready for the Oven

Lots of cheese
Lots of cheese

Baked Eggplant Casserole Recipe

If you love eggplant try this very special easy eggplant casserole recipe.There are many versions of this recipe and many ways to be creative, and I am guilty of modifying and making changes with all recipes, according to what ingredients I happen to have on hand.

I love to make this dish because both my husband and I love eggplant. I personally do not bread the eggplant though most eggplant recipes call for breading. For those who love the eggplant breaded, it will work just fine for this recipe. I usually make this eggplant Parmesan casserole when I can find eggplant on sale. in the grocery store. This a great company dish that you can make the day before, and it improves with taste each day. Be sure to ask your guests ahead of time if they like eggplant. Eggplant is one of those vegetables that you either love or dislike. You could substitute zucchini for eggplant in this recipe and have excellent results. If you are an adventurous cook you could substitute a variety of different veggies, spices and sauces for this easy and economical casserole.

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 45 min
Yields: A 13" by 8" Pan will yield 6 servings

Brown the eggplant for a few minutes

Brown the eggplant
Brown the eggplant

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium Eggplants, Sliced lengthwise 1/2 inch thick
  • One Large Can (16 oz) Tomato Sauce
  • Two Tomatoes, Chopped
  • One Pound Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • One-half Cup Olive Oil
  • One Cup Cottage cheese
  • One cup Parmesan cheese, Fresh or dried
  • Two tablespoon Oregano
  • Two tablespoons Basil
  • Three large Garlic cloves, Chopped finely
  • Two tablespoons Wine vinegar
  • One tablespoon Thyme
  • One-half cup Grated onion, Optional
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt for eggplant
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Add the Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese with spices
Cottage cheese with spices

All ready for the oven before adding the cheese

All the eggplant needs is the cheese
All the eggplant needs is the cheese

Add lots of Spices

Some Spices to Use
Some Spices to Use

Instructions

  1. Score the eggplant slices with a knife. Pour salt over sliced eggplant on both sides. Leave the eggplant out all night to dry out.
  2. In a large frying pan add olive oil and brown the eggplant slices for approximately two minutes on each side and remove from the stove. Be sure to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. while you are browning the eggplant.
  3. Put the tomato sauce and chopped fresh tomatoes, minced onions, garlic all spices and vinegar in a sauce pan and cook for approximately 30 minutes on the stove. You can do this while browning the eggplant.
  4. Lay the eggplant on the large pyrex dish and fit the pieces in snuggly. If you have extra pieces put them in the refrigerator for another meal.
  5. I prefer using cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese, but either will work just fine. Mix the cottage cheese with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  6. Put a layer of the cottage cheese mixture over the eggplant.
  7. Add a layer of the tomato sauce over the cottage cheese mixture.
  8. Add a layer of the mozzarella cheese over the cottage cheese mixture.
  9. Sprinkle the top with the parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake in the oven for approximately 1.5 hours. And this eggplant parmesan casserole recipe is complete.

Eggplant Casserole

5 stars from 5 ratings of Eggplant Casserole

Some Substitutes You Can Use for eggplant parmesan casserole

Cheese--cheddar, jack cheese, provolone

Vegetables: Zucchini, onions, yellowneck squash, choyote

Sauce: Fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, rotel tomatoes, canned tomatoes

Cheese: low fat cottage cheese, ricotta cheese sour cream, yogurt

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Crazed Novelist: Thank you and thanks for dropping in.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing that Carol.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      A merry Christmas to you also. It is good and makes great leftovers. Thanks for comments.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Looks good and cheesy! Why not try, eh? Bookmarking for future cooking. Thanks Carol.

      Merry Christmas to you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Peg: I used cottage cheese because that was what I had. I am always good at substituting. I like to make the dish because we get a few meals from it. Thanks for stopping by and visitng with lovely comments.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Eggplant casserole sounds easy and wonderful. I've been looking for an easy way to prepare this dish. Yum. It sounds so delicious! I would probably use the Ricotta cheese just because I like the taste although I've used the cottage cheese in lasagne too. Great ideas here. It makes me hungry.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for stopping in and lovely compliments..always appreciated.

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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      Another great recipe to keep. I will come back to check out more of your delicious recipes here. Thank you for sharing them!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Adrienne2..Thanks for dropping in and thanks for the VOTE.

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Carol, I am a lover of eggplant, thanks for sharing your recipe on one of my favorite foods. I also so on your profile page a healthy recipe for noodles, ok going to check it out next. Vote up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you! Thanks for nice comments.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Mmmmmm, yum yum. This is definitely a recipe I have got to try. Thanks so much for sharing it step by step in this easy to follow recipe.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much ...Appreciate the kind words, voting and sharing...And I always enjoy a visit from my favorite vocal coach.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love eggplant! Can't wait to make your recipe/ I'm already drooling. I've been looking for a recipe just like this. Will bookmark for sure.

      The steps are so easy to follow and the photos just make it that much easier. Thanks Carol. Up and sharing. Pinned too :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping in and nice compliments.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I always love fried eggplant and once we ate Lasagna aubergine in glass house. Your recipe must taste very good. :-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping by..I love the name aubergine especially when referring to the color. I like this recipe as it is easy and lasts for several meals...

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      This sounds like a very tasty recipe. I love eggplant (though we call it aubergine) and this sounds as if it will be similar to that delicious dish you get at some Italian restaurants, which I absolutely love, but can't remember its name!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for your compliments. Hope you enjoy..let me know.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This looks dreamy....I love eggplant parm! Yum! I will give this a try!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Get that eggplant to work and start cooking. By the way it freezes great. Thanks for the visit.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Nell: Thanks for the visit and you may find you really like eggplant a lot..Let me know if you do try it.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      love this recipe since we have a lot of eggplant in our place!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I have never tried Eggplant, but this sounds delicious, its about time I tried something different! lol! voted up! nell

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The bottom line is you gotta like eggplant and almost anything you do with it ...is good. Thank you!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I love eggplant! Sometimes, we make stuffed eggplant, eggplant parm, and pan-fried eggplant to dip in sauces. Definitely looks delicious; gotta try eggplant casserole. Thanks for the recipe, Carol!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much and I have to admit it is one of my favorites....thanks for the votes and share..so appreciated.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Looks delicious!! And easy to do. I shall pin this to my recipe board, vote up and share!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for stopping in for a little eggplant. And of course for the votes!!!! and sharing.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds yummy Carol. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with us. VU, sharing, etc.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for visiting eggplant city and lovely comments.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Looks yummy, Carol.

      I always relish Eggplant parmesan and this a healthier version. Thanks, gotta try it :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much for visiting...Drying the eggplant out gets the moisture out and it needs less oil. Thanks for the votes, sharing and pinning. wow!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This is a really great recipe especially since it doesn't include breadcrumbs (I can't eat them). I never thought to "dry out" the eggplant. Good ideas in this recipe. I can't wait to try this one. I voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned!!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I know I will!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hope you enjoy the eggplant. Lots of cheese!!!!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for the recipe. I am going to prepare it this weekend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much...let me know how you like it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Lindacee: I like anything with melted cheese. And I like this recipe because it does fit the vegetarian bill.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much. I just found your cheesecake recipes and almost ate the computer.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      teaches12345 Thanks for dropping in for some eggplant. Hope you enjoy this..I feel like having it again tonite. Also thanks for comments.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another for me to save.

      Eddy.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Reading your Hub was making my mouth water!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Mmm.. Eggplant casserole sounds fantastic!! I will certainly have to give this recipe a go, Thanks for sharing this Carol! Voting this up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Love eggplant but have always just used it in the traditional way. Your recipe is a great suggestion. Thanks for the share.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hey fellowArizonian: Thanks for coming over for a visit and to check out the eggplant. I am always appreciative.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      shiningirisheyes: Thanks for stopping by and lovely comment.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      mmmm. Makes me want some right now!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for dropping by for a visit...and kind words.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Wonderful recipe addition Carol.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Why not. A bowl of noodles with the eggplant. However, it is very filling. Let me know how it works. Thanks for

      stopping by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for lovely comments. You either love it or you hate it. To me it is a great way to avoid meat for a meal...Healthier and cheaper.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and lovely comments...It is really good and we had the leftovers last nite and they were just as good. Thanks for vote, and sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      skarlet: Thanks for the visit and votes. Always appreciated.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Bet you this goes good with noodles. Thank you.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I really love eggplant. I wish everyone in my family did too. This looks wonderful. Pinning and sharing. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Carol, I love eggplant. We have a variety of ways to make but we've never tried to make it this way. I'm sure it is going to be delicious with all the tomatoes and cheese.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      This looks excellent. I love eggplant and the varieties of preparation. I will be sure and give this one a whirl. Voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      janine: Thank you so much for kind remarks..and the sharing, voting etc...Makes me really feel good. And this is good and we are having leftovers tonite...

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carol, I absolutely love Eggplant and will eat it any way I can get it. This recipe is truly one for me and have pinned to try. I also shared and voted too, thank you :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      We love this as it is easy, healthful and so tasty. I add lots of spices and garlic. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the eggplant.

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      I am always looking for a good eggplant recipe. We love the stuff!