I love Italian food and not just because of my Italian heritage. I just love the simple way fresh flavors come together to make something utterly scrumptious. One of my favorite Italian dishes to make is Eggplant Parm because it is a great way to get my kids to eat their veggies. Here, I will share with you my easy Italian eggplant parmesan recipe that is always a hit a my house.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and recipe are all mine.
Are you looking for Italian eggplant recipes and wondering, “Is eggplant parmesan Italian?” Yes, it is Italian. In America, it is often called Eggplant parm but in Italy, it is called eggplant parmigiana or melanzane alla parmigiana. Many people say it originated in Parma while others say Sicily. This dish is famous for the flavorful marina and cheese that cover the fried eggplant slices. Let’s dig in!
Taste of Italy Event At Kroger
What got me in the mood for eggplant parm was when I found out about Bertolli taking part in the Kroger sponsored ‘Taste of Italy’ program in stores from September 23rd through October 11th. I went on over to my Kroger to have a look and they had a nice big display that made me want to buy all things Italian. They have everything from pasta bowls to Italian sodas.
I chose Bertolli® olive oil to fry my eggplant and the Bertolli Tuscan-inspired sauce to dress up my pappardelle pasta (a broad flat pasta that is popular in Tuscany). I love using the Bertolli® Tomato & Basil Sauce because it is a great base that makes this meal come together faster and still with great flavor. If you want to check out all the Bertolli products and get more recipe inspiration, visit bertolli.com
I got a little carried away with the Taste of Italy® theme and got some beautiful pasta bowls and a new Italian themed kitchen towel. I just figured while we are enjoying our Tuscan-inspired meal, I might as well go all out. Eggplant parm is such a comfort food and it is a great dish to enjoy in the fall that satisfies the craving for a rich, flavorful meal without being too heavy.
Easy Italian Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
4 small Italian eggplants
3/4 cup flour
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
salt and black pepper to taste
1/3 cup Bertolli® Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cups of shredded mozzarella
1/4 grated parmesan cheese
Bertolli® Tomato & Basil Sauce
1 bag of pappardelle pasta (or your favorite pasta)
How To Make Eggplant Parmesan:
Place a pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. While the water is coming to a boil, I pan fry my eggplant.
Prepare your flour mixture by mixing flour, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat eggs until well mixed.
Slice top and bottom off all eggplants and peel. Then cut eggplant into 1/2 inch slices or thick rounds.
While the olive oil is heating up in the pan over medium-high heat, go ahead and dip your eggplant slices in the egg mixture and then into the flour mixture coating evenly. When the oil is hot (a drop of water will sizzle), add your floured eggplant slices and allow to brown nicely on both sides. It takes about 2-3 minutes on each side and the eggplant will feel tender when you pull it out with a fork. The cooked slices should be a golden brown.
Remove fried eggplant from pan and place in a single layer on top oft a paper bag or layers of paper towels. The paper works to absorb excess oil.
When pasta is al dente, drain and pour back in the pot with enough of the Bertolli® Tomato & Basil Sauce to coat the noodles well.
Place the fried, crispy eggplant slices onto a sheet pan. Then sprinkle the layer of eggplant slices with shredded mozzarella. Place in the oven under Broil for about 2-3 minutes until melted and lightly browned.
Serve fried eggplant over a bed of pasta. Sprinkle generously with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy! You can garnish with a few fresh basil leaves and or red pepper flakes, if you like. This is a great recipe for Italian Eggplant Parmesan that the whole family will love.
Printable Recipe Card For Eggplant Parm
I hope you enjoy this classic Italian dish. Bertolli spaghetti sauce sauce saves you a lot of work makes dinner so much easier!
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