Italian Eggplant Recipes
Silky, tender eggplant is at the heart of so many Italian favorites, including eggplant parm and caponata, not to mention molto pasta and pizza creations.
Layers of garlicky homemade tomato sauce, meaty fried eggplant, and melted layers of Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses: This is the ultimate recipe for the Italian-American classic.
Penne alla Norma
Pan-fried eggplant and juicy tomatoes are the heart of this chunky Sicilian sauce. A big spoonful of ricotta cheese adds a luscious finish to each serving.
Skillet Pizza with Eggplant and Greens
Homemade pizza doesn’t get better than this: Press a simple dough into a pan; add your sauce, cheese, toppings, and more cheese, and bake. Yes, that was cheese twice: Sandwiching roasted eggplant and sauteed Swiss chard between layers of provolone ensures there’s no shortage of yum.
Eggplant Caponata Crostini
The essential Sicilian dish relish composed of eggplant, tomatoes, raisins, and pine nuts gains depth here from unsweetened cocoa powder. Serve on crostini as an appetizer, or enjoy it as a pasta sauce or sandwich spread.
Breaded Eggplant with Arugula and Parmesan
Crisp and tender fried eggplant transforms Italian restaurant favorite veal (or chicken) Milanese into a satisfying vegetarian meal.
Put that pack of veggie burgers back in the freezer and step up your vegetarian grilling game with thick, smoky slabs of eggplant and sweet red onion draped in melty mozzarella.
Eggplant, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad
Add grilled eggplant to the classic caprese salad of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil for a summer vegetable extravaganza. Enjoy it as a starter or side, or turn it into a main dish with the addition of grilled chicken.
Eggplant and Radicchio Pasta
This classic Sicilian dish is a booming symphony of bold flavors -- bitter radicchio, briny olives, sweet currants, pungent garlic, and custardy roasted eggplant.
We lightened up the traditional eggplant parm by baking the eggplant.
Pennoni with Grilled Eggplant, Mint, and Burrata
When cooked on the grill, eggplant takes on a smoky intensity that offsets the Burrata cheese, a creamier cousin of mozzarella that melts into the pasta. With the addition of refreshing mint and lemon zest, the dish is comfort food at its best and brightest.
Start with store-bought pizza dough and finish with a quick, crowd-pleasing vegetarian snack. Transform it into a main course with the addition of a green salad.
A garden’s worth of vegetables -- eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, and tomatoes -- find their way into this version of the old standby of pasta and meat sauce.