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Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

This cheesy, saucy Eggplant Parmesan Casserole is my kind of comfort food. The sauce is fresh and tomato-y, the sour cream/cream cheese layers are creamy and tangy and indulgent, the breaded eggplant slices are tasty and “meaty” and the overall effect is warm, cheesy and delicious. It’s also one of those vegetarian meals that’s hearty enough that you’ll never miss the meat!

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

The recipe has a few steps, but the initial baking of the eggplant slices can be done at the same time as you make the tomato sauce and mix the sour cream and cream cheese together, so I promise it doesn’t take as long as it looks. I served this with a side salad and I was stuffed afterwards – a great “bargain” at just 257 calories or 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

If you’re looking for more Italian comfort food recipes, have a look at my Sausage Tortellini Skillet, Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake, Bubble Up Pizza Casserole, Spaghetti Pie, Slow Cooker Meatballs & Marinara, Four Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Shells and more in the Italian section of my recipe index!

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Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs raw eggplant, sliced into ½” thick rounds (for me this was about 2 medium eggplant)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup shredded 2% Mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375. Line 2 large baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper and lightly mist with cooking spray.
  2. Beat the egg whites in a bowl with a whisk until well combined. In a shallow bowl or dish, combine the bread crumbs and grated Parmesan and mix together. Dip each slice of eggplant into the egg whites, coating all sides and then allow excess to drip off. Then dip the coated eggplant into the bread crumb mixture, coating all sides and transfer the breaded eggplant to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat for all eggplant slices. Spray the tops of the breaded eggplant slices with cooking spray and bake for 20 minutes. Flip the eggplant slices over, spray with cooking spray and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
  3. While the eggplant is baking, bring the teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add the chopped onion and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until onions are softened. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, sugar and the bay leaf to the onion mixture and reduce heat to low to simmer. Stir to combine and let simmer for 15 minutes or until eggplant is done from step 2. Remove the bay leaf before using the sauce in the casserole.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese and egg and mix until smooth (easiest using a hand mixer but you can do it by hand with a spoon as well.)
  5. When the breaded eggplant is done baking, lightly mist a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread about 2/3 cup of the sauce across the bottom of the dish and place a single layer of the eggplant rounds on top. Drop spoonfuls of the sour cream mixture (using about half) across the eggplant layer and spread with the back of a spoon. Spread about a cup of the tomato sauce over the top of the sour cream mixture and follow it with a layer of the remaining eggplant rounds. Follow with another layer of sour cream mixture (use the rest) and another sauce layer (use all remaining sauce). Top with the shredded mozzarella and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until heated through and cheeses are melted.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
7 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
257 calories, 32 g carbs, 10 g sugars, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 14 g protein, 6 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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32 Responses to “Eggplant Parmesan Casserole”

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    Caitlin — May 27, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    You are a girl after my own heart. I love eggplant parm. This looks devine!

    • Emily Bites replied: — May 27th, 2015 @ 6:16 pm

      I hope you love it, Caitlin! <3

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    Maureen — May 28, 2015 @ 3:02 pm

    This looks amazing. Do you think I could sub ricotta for the sour cream/cream cheese mixture?

    • Emily Bites replied: — May 28th, 2015 @ 3:16 pm

      Sure! It will taste different of course, but if that’s your preference it should definitely work 🙂

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    Monica — June 1, 2015 @ 11:49 am

    This looks good…i have yet to make anything eggplant and this receipt is a great start.

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    Nicole — June 1, 2015 @ 8:04 pm

    This came out great! I actually loved how just baking the eggplant in the egg white/parm/Italian breadcrumbs tasted! I had extra and sliced them up like “fries” and dipped them in the sauce. So crispy and satisfying!

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    Melissa — June 1, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

    This was delicious and a huge hit at my house! Love the vegetarian recipes!

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    CHRISTY — June 3, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

    HOW MANY SERVING IS THIS FOR 7 PP??

    • Emily Bites replied: — June 3rd, 2015 @ 3:28 pm

      The serving information is located right under the recipe title in the recipe section of the post 🙂

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    Crista — June 4, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    Emily,
    I have to say I was a skeptic when I read this recipe. Both my husband and I are Italian and were taught to make eggplant by our grandmothers, fried in oil. I have never liked baked eggplant but this was delicious even my husband loved it. Thank you for this great recipe. I will never fry eggplant again.

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    Lisa — June 7, 2015 @ 8:30 am

    This was very good! I cheated a little bit and used the Trader Joes marinara sauce instead of making the sauce . The result was delicious and very filling! Totally worth the time!

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    Shannon — June 10, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    A few years ago, I made your Spicy Sausage/Eggplant Spaghetti Bake and learned that roasting eggplant solves the texture problem I’d never been able to get past. This recipe is just as good if not better. I made it this week, and my husband and I both loved it. You really don’t miss the fat from frying at all. A fantastic vegetarian option to add to my rotation. Thanks!

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    Jill — June 20, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

    I made this last weekend and it was really delicious. Even my picky eater ate her entire portion. The leftovers were great, too. I will definitely make this again. I think I will consider trying it with ricotta next time. Thanks, Emily!

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    Anne — June 23, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

    Trying to figure out how I can get by making this in an 8 x 8 dish. I have all ingredients on hand but only have one eggplant and I’d like to avoid the grocery store today! Do you think if I just cut all the ingredients by half, that would work?

    • Emily Bites replied: — June 23rd, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

      I think you can definitely halve the recipe, let me know how it turns out!

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    Faye Faraldo — June 26, 2015 @ 5:55 pm

    Emily, I am sorry but this was not worth the effort. It takes a long time to make and uses a lot of dishes. It did not taste as I expected and was very disappointing. It made an awful lot also.

    • Emily Bites replied: — June 30th, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that, especially since I’ve received so much positive feedback on this recipe from other readers who have tried it! It must just not be to your tastes. I hope you love the next recipe!

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    Kristine — July 14, 2015 @ 8:53 am

    Good morning Emily. Can you tell me if this can be assembled a day ahead and baked the next day? Will it cause the eggplant to go soggy?

    • Emily Bites replied: — July 14th, 2015 @ 10:34 am

      I haven’t done that with this dish but I think it would be fine. Let us know if you try it!

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    Sarah — September 2, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

    This was delicious, Emily! I did take a shortcut by using our favorite jarred sauce. My 4 year old daughter absolutely loved helping coat the eggplant slices! Thanks for another winner.

    • Emily Bites replied: — September 8th, 2015 @ 12:00 am

      Oh yay, I love when kids help cook! I’m glad to hear it was a hit 🙂

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    Lori Monahan — October 5, 2015 @ 4:41 pm

    Very easy and delicious meals..thanks for sharing!!

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    Cindy — October 28, 2015 @ 6:38 pm

    Made this tonight – I think the 1/2 slices were still too think – some of the eggplant was still hard, and I even baked it an extra 10 minutes. I’d suggest thinner slices, or baking even longer, unless you like it on the hard side.
    I also thought the cheese taste was WAY overpowering – wasn’t crazy about the sour cream and cream cheese taste in it.I’d probably prefer ricotta in it and would part skim next time. Also, there was just too much sauce – it was swimming in sauce – I think you could get away with using half the amount of sauce and it would still be good. My husband is a huge eggplant parm fan – he agreed with most of this too. I don’t usually like eggplant but I did like this because the eggplant was crispy and not soggy (which is how it gets when you fry it in oil). So I’d make it again, but with these modifications!

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    mandi — January 7, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

    I have made this a few times and we just love it! It tastes so indulgent and you are right 7 points is such a bargain. I love your website and 95% of the meals I make come from it. However there are only 2 of us in my house so I always have so many leftovers. I usually half your recipes but sometimes in the middle I forget that I am halving the ingredients. I don’t know if this is something you have looked into but I have seen a few websites where you can edit how many servings you want to make and the ingredients change accordingly. That would be awesome! Either way please keep the recipes coming, your website makes Weight Watchers so much fun 🙂

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 9th, 2016 @ 11:43 pm

      That would be a cool feature to have someday! I think it would take a lot of work and coding to add it so I don’t see it happening in the near future, but it’s a cool suggestion! I’m glad you love the recipe 🙂

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    Brandee — January 9, 2016 @ 8:35 am

    This was absolutely delicious!!! My whole family enjoyed it. Everyone went back for seconds!

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    Jamie — April 12, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    This dish was so good and I felt like it was way more than 7 points it was so rich in taste and flavor. I paired it with some parmesean roasted cauliflower. I literally scraped my plate clean. So good!

    • Emily Bites replied: — April 12th, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

      I’m so thrilled you loved it, Jamie! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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    Amber Stewart — February 27, 2017 @ 10:10 am

    Have to say, this one was not a hit at our house. Hubby said all he could taste was the cream cheese, and no one really enjoyed it. Love lots of your other recipes though!

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    Alyson — July 17, 2017 @ 10:11 am

    Just want to post that I made this last night and my whole family loved it! Even my husband that doesn’t like eggplant.
    I loved that the eggplant stayed somewhat crispy and that it is lower in calories.
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    Beverly — October 15, 2017 @ 10:03 am

    What is the serving size, please.

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 18th, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

      Hi Beverly, this recipe makes 8 serving so you just cut the casserole in 8 equal pieces and serve!

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