EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

34 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1995

We reduced fat by coating the eggplant with egg whites instead of whole eggs and baking, rather than frying, the slices for a lighter version of this classic.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 2 eggplants, (about 2 pounds total)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, (1 ounce), divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup slivered fresh basil leaves
  • 2½ cups tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese, (3 ounces)


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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat two baking sheets and an 8-by-11½-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut eggplants crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Whisk egg whites and water in a shallow dish until frothy. Combine breadcrumbs, ¼ cup of the Parmesan, salt and pepper in another shallow dish. Dip the eggplant slices into the egg-white mixture, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. (Discard any leftover breadcrumbs and egg white.) Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, turn the eggplant slices over, and bake until crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.
  3. Stir basil into tomato sauce. Spread about ½ cup of the sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange half of the eggplant slices over the sauce, overlapping slightly. Spoon 1 cup of the remaining sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese. Add a layer of the remaining eggplant slices and top with the remaining sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 204 calories; 6.0 g fat(3.0 g sat); 7.0 g fiber; 29.0 g carbohydrates; 11.0 g protein; 85.0 mcg folate; 13 mg cholesterol; 11.0 g sugars; 1228.0 IU vitamin A; 45.0 mg vitamin C; 209.0 mg calcium; 2.0 mg iron; 576 mg sodium; 777.0 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (75% daily value), Vitamin A (25% dv), Calcium (21% dv), Folate (21% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 4 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat

Reviews 34

July 12, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
This will be a regular at our house! This was a hit. I did make some additions to boost the flavor of the sauce. I used 2 eggplants instead of 3 preparing them just as the recipe indicated. For the sauce I sauteed peppers and onions, used 4 cups of tomato sauce (instead of 2 1/2), and simmered with chopped garlic, Italian Seasoning, fresh basil, 1/2 tsp. of beef base, a dash of crushed red peppers, black pepper and Soy crumbles. I let the sauce simmer on the stove while the eggplant was baking. I had 3 layers of eggplant when assembling and this made plenty of rich sauce for all. Hubby loved it and didn't even realize he was eating a vegetarian dish! It was plenty for the entire family with leftovers for another meal. Pros: Does not taste like a low calorie meal
January 14, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Flavorful and easier than the traditional eggplant parmesan I cut this in half and used one med-large eggplant. It's lighter and without having to fry the eggplant slices, it's much easier than the traditional recipe. I didn't have mozzarella but did have monterey jack cheese, which worked just fine. Will make again.--But it should tell you to salt and press the eggplant slices in advance, to remove bitter juice! Pros: lower calorie and less messy
October 03, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
I have made this dish several times and my family and I really enjoy it. I add some red wine, crushed red pepper, freshly-grated garlic and crushed fennel seed to the tomato sauce. The spices and wine keep the tomato sauce from being boring, without adding much additional work. After baking, I top the casserole with chopped fresh basil.
August 26, 2013
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By: jennamhodges
Tasty but Time Consuming This definitely took me longer to make that EatingWell said, but it was a very good dish. We ate it with spaghetti and my husband didn't miss meat with his pasta. One thing, though - this recipe makes a LOT of eggplant parm if you are having it with pasta. For two people, halving the recipe would be plenty for two meals. Pros: taste, healthy Cons: time consuming
June 29, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Make your own bread crumbs with fresh gsrlic and basil ! With my own home made spaghetti was outrageous!
June 27, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
A definite keeper My husband's first comment when I made this was where's the meat? but it was love at first bite for him. The recipe was enough for dinner and two lunches each and was even better when re-heated. I love that it's low in calories, but rich in flavor. I'll definitely be keeping this recipe bookmarked. Pros: Easy to follow recipe, healthy, quick
April 11, 2013
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By: Kathy Lien Kohr
Cut calories more with Panko Really great recipe. My husband raved about it all night. Definitely make with panko instead of breadcrumbs - alot less calories and better crunch! Try to get flavored panko if possible . This recipe rivals some of the best eggplant parms I've had without the grease. I utterly adore it and will add it into my usual rotation Pros: Delicious!
January 31, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
The ONLY way to celebrate and eat eggplant parmesan! This is the only Eggplant Parmesan recipe I've used since Eating Well came out with it in 1995. It's a recipe that convinces people (like me) who always thought they didn't like eggplant that it can be a tasty dinner option. I tried eggplant parmesan in restaurants a few times, but it always left a greasy feeling in my mouth, and I had pretty much given up on it until I tried this recipe-try it, you'll LOVE it!!! Joyce Pros: Great textures; flavors mix well; doesn't leave you with a greasy mouth feel like fried eggplant par Cons: Can't think of one con!
August 29, 2012
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By: rajmd
Delicious, light way to eat eggplant! I was inspired to use this recipe because of the prodigious amounts of eggplant produced in our backyard garden this year. Other than me, no one else in our house considers themselves an eggplant lover (or even eggplant liker). I made this with homemade tomato sauce and panko breadcrumbs. It turned out to be mouthwateringly delicious and light unlike any other eggplant parm I've ever had. The baked pieces retained some crispiness, which was lovely. Everyone gobbled it up, and my 13-year-old son wants to make this a weekly routine! Pros: Light, flavorful Cons: A little time-consuming...but worth it!