RECIPE: Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

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When you end up with a freezer full of bread ends and eggplant is on sale 2 for $0.59, the recipe is obvious.

Eggplant Parmesan is a luscious treat that can be put together on the tightest budget. Only one problem… I am lazy and I need something a little simpler than frying up breaded eggplant.

what to do with bread ends

Pulverize your bread ends (frozen or not) in a food processor or blender. Then, melt butter in a skillet. Add the breadcrumbs, salt, and Italian seasonings. Toss gently until they are browned evenly.

Place half the breadcrumbs in the bottom of a casserole dish.

easy inexpensive eggplant recipes

Peel and dice eggplant. Place half in a layer over the breadcrumbs.

Mix tomato sauce and seasonings. Pour half over the eggplant and top with a mixture of Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses.

Repeat the layers and bake until the cheese is melted.

easy quick eggplant parmesan

If your family is a little apprehensive about eggplant, you can saute the eggplant in a little olive oil to soften it first.

RECIPE: Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

Ingredients

    For the breadcrumbs:
  • 3 cups cubed bread ends
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • For the casserole:
  • 2 eggplants, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pulverize the bread in a food processor. Melt butter in a skillet. Add the bread and seasonings. Toss gently until toasted.
  3. Place 1/2 of the bread crumbs in the bottom of a casserole dish. Top the breadcrumbs with 1/2 of the diced eggplant.
  4. Mix the sauce and pour 1/2 of the sauce over the eggplant.
  5. Mix the cheeses and add 1/2 over the tomato sauce.
  6. Repeat the layers, ending with the cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sauce bubbles.
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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness this looks so good! Thank you for the step-by-step instructions and clear directions. I’m always looking for simple, frugal recipes to feed my family and will DEFINITELY be poking around your site! Thanks again!

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  3. What a great, fast recipe! I can’t wait to try it!!! We love eggplant so this recipe will need to be worked in to next weeks menu. I love that it is diced up, as we have little ones and it will be perfect for them to eat.
    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • I think that is why I diced it. Dice it first or dice it last, but with littles in the house, you are going to have to dice it sooner or later. Right? LOL I hope you enjoy it. :)

  4. I have never cooked with eggplant…instead used it to put mini fruit kebobs on (which was very cute!)…BUT I think I can make this gluten-casein free!! So we could try it very soon! Thanks!!

  5. Recipe looks great and your photos are awesome too! Thanks – I’ve not eaten much eggplant in my life, but this certainly looks simple and delicious.

  6. What a wonderful looking casserole!:)
    I should not have seen it now, because I’m starting to be very(!) hungry :)

    It’s a great dish for me as I’m a vegetarian and love eggplant

  7. Sounds good!

  8. This is so much easier than breading each and every slice of eggplant for Eggplant Parmensan. I just love this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

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