Eggplant Parmesan Bake
Picture this: a comforting Italian masterpiece, elevated with a modern twist. Our Eggplant Parmesan Bake combines the rich tradition of classic eggplant Parmesan with the convenience of a casserole. Each bite tells a story of flavors dancing in harmony – the tender slices of roasted eggplant, the velvety layers of marinara sauce, and the perfect blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. It’s a culinary journey that pays homage to the past while savoring the present.
- 2 large eggplants, sliced
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Sprinkle salt over eggplant slices and let them sit for about 15 minutes to remove excess moisture. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- In a bowl, mix minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with this mixture.
- Place the eggplant slices on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
- In a baking dish, spread a thin layer of marinara sauce. Add a layer of roasted eggplant slices. Sprinkle mozzarella, Parmesan, and torn basil. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
- Let it cool slightly before serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Eggplant Parmesan Bake: A delightful twist on the classic Italian dish, bringing layers of roasted eggplant, marinara sauce, and a blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Nutrition information: Calories: 280, Total Fat: 15g, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 15g
Picture yourself indulging in a plate of this Eggplant Parmesan Bake, each bite melting in your mouth with a medley of textures and flavors. It’s not just a recipe; it’s a tale of comfort, taste, and the joy of sharing a modern twist on a timeless favorite. Whether you’re serving a family dinner or hosting a gathering, this dish is sure to create memories that linger long after the last bite.