6-Ingredient Eggplant Casserole Recipe With Smoked Mozzarella Is Dang Good by Donna John

6-Ingredient Eggplant Casserole Recipe With Smoked Mozzarella Is Dang Good

Ready to meet my new favorite eggplant casserole? While I've made a lot of favorite new recipes this year that I've loved – oatmeal pie, orange baked chicken, Cajun chicken, sausage and cabbage, crunchy pork chops, cabbage curry and crunchy-as-hell chicken, to name a few – this eggplant casserole is officially my favorite to date. When you close your eyes while chewing the first bite, smile and say, "Mmm, this is good." Well, it's good.

This is another from the six-ingredient magazine from America's Test Kitchen that I'm currently obsessed with. "For a more hands-off and less tedious take on eggplant parmesan, we ditched the deep fryer and instead roasted our eggplant to evaporate its liquid and concentrate its flavor," they write. "Jarred arrabbiata sauce made a lively, spicy alternative to tomato sauce, and big dollops of ricotta added an ultra creamy texture. Rather than using the usual mozzarella, we opted for the smoked variety, which contributed deep, smoky flavor and gooey, cheesy richness."

If you try just one of my recipes, make it this one. To make it you will need just six ingredients. Here is your shopping list: eggplants, olive oil, panko, ricotta, a jar of arrabbiata sauce and smoked mozzarella cheese. Serve this cheesy, smoky eggplant recipe as a vegetarian main dish or as a side dish with your favorite protein and a salad.

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Cuisine: Italian / American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
Servings: 8


  • 4 medium eggplants
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup panko
  • 1 3/4 cup ricotta 
  • 1  jar (25 ounces) arrabbiata sauce (I used a spicy Calabrian arrabbiata sauce)
  • 4 cups (1 pound) shredded smoked mozzarella

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Recipe Notes

  • Because there's just the two of us, I cut this recipe in half and baked it in a casserole dish.
  • You could use regular mozzarella cheese, but the smokiness is a huge draw for this recipe. Buy the smoked mozzarella!
  • If you can't find arrabbiata sauce, use your favorite spaghetti sauce.
  • For some spice, add some crushed red pepper flakes.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Slice the eggplants into 3/4-inch thick rounds.
  2. Put the sliced eggplants into a bowl. Add the olive oil and toss to coat. Lay the eggplants onto aluminum foil-covered baking sheets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated 450-degree F oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. Remove and allow to cool.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet. Add the panko and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until golden, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Spread 3/4 of the pasta sauce on the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish. Arrange half of the eggplant in a single layer over the sauce, then top with 3/4 cup of the pasta sauce. Dollop half of the ricotta over the top and flatten with a spoon to cover. Sprinkle with 2 cups of the mozzarella and top with 3/4 cup of the arrabbiata sauce.
  5. Repeat layering with remaining eggplant, sauce, ricotta and mozzarella.
  6. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake until eggplant is tender, about 40 minutes.
  7. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the panko and continue to bake until topping is golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 434

Total Fat: 27g

Saturated Fat: 9.4g

Cholesterol: 43mg

Sodium: 1072mg

Total Carbohydrate: 28g

Dietary Fiber: 5.3g

Total Sugars: 12.2g

Protein: 19.5g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 555mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 208mg

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Donna John
Having the leftovers for lunch AND dinner today! Great recipe!
Ann Marie Patitucci
This sounds Ah-mazing!!
DAC Developments
Great recipe! Thanks for Sharing

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