Eggplant Parmesan Stacks – Just 5 Ingredients!

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks are melt in your mouth delicious! There’s no breading which makes them lower in carbs, gluten-free and so easy make!

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks on plate

I’m almost didn’t post this recipe because it’s so simple. But, it’s on my regular dinner rotation and so delicious that it may become a favorite of yours too!

We plated it over pasta for the picture. But, noodles are for the family and not me…and I usually don’t have any with my Eggplant Stacks.

Truth be told, I’m the only eggplant eater at my house. Come spaghetti night, I make this for ME! Everyone else enjoys Baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, which shares many of the same ingredients.

I love having leftovers the next day or I make Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Dip!

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks Tips

Follow these tips for perfect stacks every time:

Selecting an Eggplant

Here’s what I’ve learned after years of selecting eggplants at the store and sometimes waiting too long to enjoy them!

  • Smaller eggplants are easier to work with, have less seeds and tend to be sweeter.
  • Eggplants should have smooth, shiny skin and green stems.
  • When you press your finger into the skin, it should be soft and bounce right back.
  • Once you begin slicing an eggplant, the flesh should be mostly white. However, brown spots around the seeds are normal.

To Sweat or Not To Sweat?

I used to sweat. But, now I don’t! I’m referring to the eggplant slices, of course. 🙂

Sweat: Cut slices and arrange on paper towels. Salt the slices and allow them to sit for up to an hour. They will begin to sweat out juices. Rinse the salt and juices off before working with the eggplant slices. This process is supposed to get rid of the bitterness that’s sometimes associated with eggplant.

Don’t Sweat: Some cooks don’t take this step and neither do I. According to this article in Saveur, it’s not necessary. I always opt for the smaller eggplants, which probably helps.

Ingredient Tips for Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

The amount of sauce and cheese used on each eggplant round depends entirely upon the size of the eggplant, which can vary widely. We used medium-sized regular or classic eggplants (a Florida eggplant in these parts.)

Check out the pictures below to get an idea of the ingredient amounts. This is a more or less recipe – add more or less sauce and cheese, depending upon your preferences.

The eggplant rounds below cooked for 20 minutes before the sauce was added. I’m a minimalist when it comes to sauce!

Eggplant rounds with Pasta Sauce on top

Next top with cheeses. The more the better at my house!

Eggplant Parmesan rounds Ready to Cook with cheese on top

To make this recipe:

  • Lower in carbs – use pasta or marinara sauce that’s low in sugar, such as this Easy Marinara Sauce.
  • Vegan – use cheese alternatives, such as shreds and nutritional yeast.

Preparation and Cooking Tips for Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

  • Cut eggplant into consistently sized rounds that are about 3/8 inch thick. If they’re too small, then it’s hard to pick the slices up to stack. And, if they are too big, then they need more cook time.
  • Stack 2 to 3 rounds on top of each other or don’t!

We garnished the Eggplant Parmesan Stacks with basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Individual slices are the perfect appetizer, side and could easily be passed off as a mini pizza. 🙂

Easy Eggplant Parmesan

 

But…The varying sizes definitely make you want to stack ’em up and enjoy!

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5 from 3 votes
Easy Eggplant Parmesan Stacks
Easy Eggplant Parmesan Stacks
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks are ultimate comfort with a delicious Italian flavor combination. They're lower in carbs and easy to make because there's no breading!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 254 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 medium eggplant
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Fresh basil cut into strips for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut eggplant into slices that are about 3/8 of inch thick. Blot excess moisture from slices with a paper towel.

  3. Lay slices on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  4. Brush the top side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, flip slices over, brush the newly exposed side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  7. Return pan to oven and cook for 10 more minutes.
  8. Remove pan from oven and turn temperature down to 350 degrees F.
  9. Spread a layer of pasta sauce on each eggplant slice.
  10. Sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese on top.
  11. Return pan to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes more or until cheese is melted and bubbly and begins to brown.
  12. Allow slices to cool for a few minutes before stacking.
  13. Stack 2 or 3 eggplant slices on top of each other.
  14. Garnish with basil and more Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Approximate ingredient amounts are provided because the size of the eggplant and resulting slices varies. However, the method and cook time will remain the same. Use low-fat cheese and no sugar added pasta sauce to keep the recipe South Beach Diet Phase 1 compliant.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Eggplant Parmesan Stacks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 700mg 29%
Potassium 762mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 11g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 12.6%
Vitamin C 11.6%
Calcium 40%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Eggplant Stacks on plate covered with noodles

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Comments

  1. This looks lovely Marjory! I seriously don’t have enough eggplant in my life. You make it look so easy! (Am I the only one who is a little scared of eggplant??)

    • Thanks Karen! I haven’t been too frightened by eggplant…but, since I’m the only one at our house who eats it, I sometimes just buy a little Japanese one! 🙂

  2. Hi Marjory! I found you through CCN FB page ;). I’m the only one in my family who enjoys eggplants..and kale (gasp!), but I have hope that this will change soon. I do enjoy having extra leftovers though haha. Lovely photos and I appreciate this quick & easy recipe!

  3. I am soooo glad you shared this easy recipe…I need it for my repertoire! 🙂

  4. This recipe is amazing!! I added some oregano and parsley to my eggplant snack !!!
    Thank you Marjory for sharing this recipe

  5. I’m making it right now as we speak, and it looks really good! 🙂

  6. No one in our family likes eggplant, so when we got two from our CSA I offered to make these for a friend who loves eggplant Parmesan, she said it was amazing. It smelled so good coming out of the oven I almost tried it myself! Not to mention how easy it was!

  7. Can this be frozen?

    • Honestly, I don’t think is this is the best recipe to make and freeze. The re-heated rounds won’t be quite as tasty as when they come out of the oven, especially if they are on the thin side. However, if you do, cook the dish before you freeze it and freeze eggplant rounds in a single layer.

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