Eggplant Parmesan With Easy Homemade Sauce


I wasn't an eggplant lover until a friend gave me this eggplant Parmesan with homemade tomato sauce recipe which I have tweaked and updated. The sauce is made with just a few ingredients and is far tastier than canned sauce. All you need is a side salad and crusty bread to make a meal!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • ½ cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 eggplant - trimmed, peeled, and sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 ½ (6 ounce) cans water

  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease an 8x14-inch baking dish.

  2. Mix seasoned bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes in a shallow bowl. Brush eggplant slices with olive oil and press into bread crumb mixture to coat. Lay slices onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until browned and tender, about 15 minutes. Remove eggplant and reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Whisk tomato paste and water in a saucepan, place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Stir in basil, oregano, parsley, garlic, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper.

  4. Place eggplant slices into the prepared baking dish, overlapping the slices. Spoon tomato sauce over eggplant and top with mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. If desired, broil for 1 to 2 more minutes to give cheese topping a golden color. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
31g Fat
14g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 681mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 393mg 30%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 312mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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