Lighter Eggplant Parmesan

This Lighter Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant. No breading, just eggplant, cheese and marinara.

This is one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant. Traditionally eggplant parmesan is breaded and fried before baking. I made this lighter by roasting the eggplant in the oven instead, using reduced fat mozzarella and fat free ricotta which reduces the fat and calories significantly. Always use a good parmesan or romano cheese like Locatelli or Reggiano any time a recipe calls for grated cheese for the best results.

Traditionally eggplant parmesan is breaded and fried before baking. I made this lighter by roasting the eggplant in the oven instead, without the breadcrumbs

I always use a good Parmesan cheese or Romano cheese like Locatelli or Reggiano any time a recipe calls for grated cheese for the best flavor.

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Lighter Eggplant Parmesan

This Lighter Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant. No breading, just eggplant, cheese and marinara.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds eggplant (1 large or 2 medium)
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 oounces part-skim ricotta (Polly-o is the only brand I use)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups part-skim mozzarella (I used Sargento)
  • 4 cups homemade tomato sauce or jarred marinara

Directions:

  1. Start by making the sauce if you don’t have any already made.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray 2 sheet pans with oil.
  3. While the sauce simmers, slice the eggplant into 1/4 inch thick slices. Transfer to the prepared pans, it’s ok if they overlap slightly. Season with salt. Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway through until eggplant is golden.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine ricotta, egg, parsley and 1/4 cup of grated cheese.
  5. Put 1/2 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9×12 baking dish, add 1/3 of eggplant to cover the bottom of the dish. Top with 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of the sauce. Add another layer of eggplant and repeat the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and sauce two more times, reserving the third later mozzarella for topping. Finish with 1 1/2 cups of sauce, mozzarella, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of grated cheese.
  6. Heat the oven to 400F.
  7. Cover with foil and bake until cheese is melted and everything is bubbling, about 40 minutes.
  8. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  9. Take it out of the oven and let it sit about 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1/8th

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 4
  • Points +: 8
  • Calories: 265.5 calories
  • Total Fat: 12.5g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: mg
  • Carbohydrates: 35.5g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Sugar: g
  • Protein: 14g
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