Easy Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan
This Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan is easy to make and so delicious. It’s a lot like lasagna only made with healthy eggplant. You will LOVE it!
See this delicious pan of bubbling cheese and omg goodness? Ya, that. That's an easy-to-make vegetarian eggplant parmesan, and it's one of the best things in the world. No biggie.
It's also one of the oldest dishes in my repertoire. Shortly after I graduated from nursing school (can you believe that I used to be a nurse? WTHeck!) I moved to Vancouver (the big city!) and decided to become a vegetarian. I remember going to the library and coming home to my dingy little apartment (I was a broke-ass, just out of university kid) with armloads of vegetarian cookbooks.
The one that I saved my hard-earned dollars to buy and call my very own was The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. Somewhere along the way, it's disappeared, but this easy vegetarian eggplant parmesan has stayed rooted in my mind as the best I've ever had. I'm not sure how closely it follows the original recipe, but it is 100% based on it.
What makes this vegetarian eggplant parmesan special
- The marinara sauce is heavy on the veggies.
- Feta cheese. This is not a typical ingredient, but the saltiness is the perfect substitute in this recipe for parmesan cheese.
- The eggplant is breaded in milk rather than eggs, so it's ideal for anyone who doesn't eat eggs.
- It is crazy delicious and loved by everyone I've served it to!
This easy vegetarian eggplant parmesan is made in just 3 easy steps.
- Saute some onions and veggies, add a can of tomatoes and let it simmer. Easy!
- Coat the eggplant in some panko and roast it in the oven. Also easy!
- Assemble the eggplant parmesan, put it in the oven, and walk away. Super easy!
See how easy it is to make easy vegetarian eggplant parmesan? I know you can do it. And when that pan of bubbling cheesy deliciousness comes out of the oven, you are going to be so happy you did.
It will take you about 40 minutes of actual cooking time before you put the pan into the oven. Once the pan goes in though you can sit down and chillax and let it do it's own thing until it's done.
More Delicious Healthy Pasta Recipes:
- Makeover Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Casserole
- Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Lime Sauce
- The Best Easy Eggplant Involtini
- Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
- One-Pot Vegan Pasta with Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
This Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan is easy to make and so delicious. It's a lot like lasagna only made with healthy eggplant. You will LOVE it!
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 2 bell peppers, diced (any color)
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, very finely minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 cups panko (or sub gluten-free breadcrumbs, if needed)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk)
- 2 large globe eggplants (cut into 3/4-inch rounds) (see notes)
- 3 cups grated pizza mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the bell peppers, carrot and garlic and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 6-8 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste, sea salt and oregano to the pot and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and the honey to the pot, reduce the heat, and let it simmer gently until the eggplants have finished roasting.
- While the sauce is cooking, prepare the eggplants. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a medium sized bowl mix the panko, oregano, black pepper and sea salt. Pour the milk into another bowl. Dip each eggplant round first into the milk, and then into the panko. Using one hand for the milk and the other for the panko will make this a lot less messy. Place the panko coated eggplant round onto a baking sheet. Bake the eggplant in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Spread a couple of small scoops of the tomato sauce in the bottom of an 11×9 inch baking dish. Lay half the eggplant rounds over the sauce then cover with half of the remaining sauce and half of the cheeses. Finish assembling the vegetarian eggplant parmesan with the remaining eggplant, sauce and cheeses. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until it is hot and bubbling.
- Remove the vegetarian eggplant parmesan from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.
If globe eggplants are unavailable to you, you can use 3 long Asian eggplants instead.
This Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna reheats very well in the oven. I think it's actually better the next day.