Saturday, January 25, 2020


A Quick and Easy Recipe
Eggplant Parmesan 

If you are a fan of Eggplant Parmesan and taking shortcuts you will like this recipe. It is the short-cut version of my made from scratch recipe. Of course it can never be as tasty as scratch but pretty darn close. So, if you need to prepare for a group or just want to make this for two with leftovers to freeze, this is your recipe.


2 - boxes (Trader Joe's) eggplant cutlets

1 - 16 oz package provolone cheese, non-smoked

2 - jars (Trader Joe's) tomato basil marinara

1 package 7oz shredded mozzarella

1 small chopped onion and/or garlic

1/2 cup grated parmesan

2 Tablespoons EVOO

Dash of salt and pepper

The Sauce
Empty 2 jars marinara sauce into a large mixing bowl. Add the onion (garlic if you like), sautéed in the 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the package of mozzarella and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese. Stir to blend.

Spray baking pan 

Cover the bottom of pan with small about of sauce

Layer the eggplant, provolone cheese and half of  sauce

Repeat layers

Ending with sauce

 Bake at 375 degrees until hot and bubbly, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and top with remaining grated parmesan cheese. Return to oven for about ten minutes

Let stand for about 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve with additional shaved parmesan and salad. Enjoy.

This recipe can be changed up to suit your taste. Use your favorite jar sauce, more spices, or substitute provolone cheese for your favorite. Your store brands will work too. A very easy recipe to work with. 

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  1. Yum! I'll have to look for that the next time I'm at Trader Joe's! The cutlets would make it easy peasy! Of course, first I have to get a new oven. Details, details! Nice post, Emily -- a keeper!

  2. Great recipe. This is a favorite of Pauls. Indeed a cozy warm and comforting food. I didn't know Trader Joe's had Eggplant cutlets. Good to know, save on work. Thanks for sharing Emily.

  3. I will add this to my recipe collection. I love eggplant!

  4. Looks delish - i haven't had eggplant in quite a while ....and I am a fan of Trader Joes!

  5. Ouh tu es une tentatrice ma chère Emily, ta recette très appétissante doit être délicieuse !
    Voilà bien un plat d'hiver très réconfortant.
    Gros bisous,

  6. Will share this with my chef. Eggplant is not one of my favorites, but it will definitely please the guy at the stove! Thanks for sharing! Happy Sunday!

  7. Sounds wonderful. Wish I was nearer Trader Joe's.
    Hope you are having a great weekend.

  8. I am so glad you posted this recipe Emily, I have been craving eggplant Parm ever since you mentioned it a few weeks ago!! I had no idea TJ's carried those eggplant cutlets, aren't you smart to find and use them!! How easy this is, can't wait to make it, thanks so much!!

  9. This sounds soooo easy, Emily!! I’d love to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing. I hope you’re having a nice weekend.

  10. Sounds wonderful Emily! I'll add the list of items to my Trader Joe's list. Have a great week.

  11. Alas, eggplant is on my short list of foods that I have never been able to acquire a taste for.

  12. This looks excellent, Emily! I love eggplant, and it would be comforting on these cool nights we've been having!

  13. A little salad on the side and this is my idea of the perfect meal. I love Eggplant Parmesan.




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