I come from a big Italian family, my mom made this all the time. Very delicious and very hardy. A great anytime meal. The secret to good eggplant is to peel and drain it, so it's not soggy. Serve with crusty italian bread, and a tossed salad, and you have a hearty meal. It seems like a lot of work but it's not. I hope you enjoy your meal.

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Recipe Summary

cook:
45 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place the eggplant slices in a bowl, and sprinkle with salt. Let drain over a bowl in the refrigerator for at least an hour. I like to do this overnight.

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook for about 6 minutes, or until almost tender. It will cook the rest of the way in the oven. Drain. Mix together the ricotta cheese and eggs in a small bowl. Stir in half of the mozzarella cheese and Pecorino Romano cheese.

  • Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange layers of eggplant, cheese, ziti pasta, and more sauce all the way to the top of the pan. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and cheese is lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

570 calories; protein 33.5g 67% DV; carbohydrates 63.5g 21% DV; fat 19.9g 31% DV; cholesterol 108.9mg 36% DV; sodium 902.5mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2006
This is the best ziti I have ever made. The only chane I made was to use canned whole tomatoes rather than a prepared sauce and I dressed the tomatoes up in an Italian seasoning and added a tablespoon of oil. This had just the right amount of cheese and sauce. Almost forgot: I had to cook it longer than 45 in order to get the cheese golden and the eggplant soft. Depending on your oven I guess--it's more like 1 hour and 5 minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/02/2010
Eggplant was blah. The rest wasn't exciting. Not to mention we had WAY too much leftovers for 2 people. Will not be making this again. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2006
This is the best ziti I have ever made. The only chane I made was to use canned whole tomatoes rather than a prepared sauce and I dressed the tomatoes up in an Italian seasoning and added a tablespoon of oil. This had just the right amount of cheese and sauce. Almost forgot: I had to cook it longer than 45 in order to get the cheese golden and the eggplant soft. Depending on your oven I guess--it's more like 1 hour and 5 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
This was my first time cooking eggplant and I think it went really well! What attracted me to eggplant is how much cheaper it is than meat and still satisfying. This reminds me of lasagna and I like that this dish includes pasta so it is more filling. I made a few changes. Before doing anything I preheated the oven to 350 to "pre-cook" the eggplant. I beat two eggs in one bowl and had another bowl of Italian bread crumbs. I dipped the eggplant slices in the egg and then in the crumbs and then put the slices on a baking sheet. I cooked the eggplant in the oven for about 10 minutes on each side so that it was a little crispy and would hold up better. Then when layering it all together I added a layer of cooked fresh spinach on top of the sauce but underneath the eggplant. I left out the egg in the cheese layer because I had already dipped the eggplant in egg and I just figured that was enough. I didn't miss the egg from the cheese layer it was plenty rich. I used two jars of sauce for this because I like a good amount of sauce and other reviewers said it was dry with the recommended amount. And I added some sauteed onion and garlic to the tomato sauce. Mine really came out amazing and I can't wait to make it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2007
This was a very good alternative to a more traditional eggplant parmesan. My husband and I would have liked a little more sauce so keep some extra on hand if you enjoy lots of sauce too. Also I did not salt the eggplant for a full hour (or overnight) but more like 20 minutes and it still turned out fine. We had this with a big salad and there were plenty of leftovers for lunches. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2010
My husband is a huge meat eater so I diced the eggplant up & breaded it with Italian bread crumbs in order to give it more of a meaty texture. I added some mushrooms onions tomatoes & zucchini to the bottom layer. I used whole wheat pasta & left it out of the layers because I had accidentally over cooked them over the stove & didn't want them to get anymore soggy in the oven. I just served the Eggplant Parmesan on top of the noodles like you would spaghetti. The cheesy layer on top of the eggplant & other veggies was delish! Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2008
Definitely add more sauce to this! Overall the taste was great but it was a little on the dry side. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/02/2010
Eggplant was blah. The rest wasn't exciting. Not to mention we had WAY too much leftovers for 2 people. Will not be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
A great way to use eggplant! I admit to being a bit nervous about not cooking the eggplant first but if you slice the eggplant very thin no need to worry. They cooked beautifully with the ziti. Aside from using about twice more sauce than the cook suggested I followed this recipe exactly as written and it was a huge winner for me. Thank you for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2010
I made this without draining the eggplant and it didn't turn out soggy at all. The texture was nice and it made a good hearty meal with garlic bread. My only complaint was that it needed a lot more zing than just the marinara sauce. I will definitely try this recipe again but I'll add my own seasonings herbs and probably some extra veggies for more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2008
Just made this for large group of friends - it was wonderful!!! I used a bit more sauce than it called for so I could make sure the top didn't get too crunchy. The recipe said it made 8 servings but I fed 10 people and still had leftovers for about 2 people. Great easy meal for a dinner party! Read More
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