Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana Bake

Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana Bake

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Try this nutritious and delicious recipe from Jessica Sepel


Serves: 4


2 large eggplants (about 1.25 kg), halved lengthways, cut sides scored

1 tablespoon cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil

sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

large handful of basil leaves

1 x 400 g tin black or brown lentils, drained and rinsed well

723 g jar sugar-free Napoletana sauce

200 g fresh ricotta


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

2. Place the eggplant, cut sides facing up, in a large baking dish so that they are sitting flat, side by side. Drizzle the tops with half the oil and season well with salt and pepper. Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until softened and golden.

3. Sprinkle three-quarters of the basil leaves over the cooked eggplant, then top with the lentils and sauce.

4. Crumble the ricotta evenly over the top, then season well with salt and pepper and drizzle with the remaining oil. Place the dish back in the oven and bake for 20–25 minutes, or until the parmigiana is bubbling and This is a great one to make and enjoy leftovers from, so either serve sprinkled with the remaining basil, or allow to cool completely before storing in the fridge. You can either reheat portions throughout the week, as needed, or reheat the whole batch in the oven for a meal to share. This will keep for up to 3 days (see note).

Note: This recipe also freezes really well for up to 2 months. Just cool completely before storing each portion in separate  airtight containers.



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