Eggplant Parmesan For One

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Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one.

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Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

If I had to pick my husband’s favorite meal, I would not hesitate to say it’s Eggplant Parmesan.  In fact, he loves my Eggplant Parmesan so much he won’t order it out in a restaurant because he says he knows it won’t taste as good.

I’m not sure what makes my version of Eggplant Parmesan so special to him.  It could be the fact that I don’t use heavy breading to coat the slices of eggplant.  Or, it could be that I make sure to use a hefty amount of mozzarella cheese and sauce between the layers of crispy eggplant.  Or, it could even be the fact that my Eggplant Parmesan is always perfectly seasoned and just tastes incredible.

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

I’m not entirely sure, what I can say with complete certainty is that my husband LOVES it. So, with that in mind, I’ve taken his favorite dish and created an Eggplant Parmesan For One.


This easy recipe for Eggplant Parmesan For One is ideal for those cooking for one. It’s made a small baking dish and has all the wonderful flavors from my traditional Eggplant Parmesan in a small recipe for one.

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I usually coat the slices of eggplant with seasoned bread crumbs but lately I’ve been using almond flour instead.  I love that almond flour is low in carbs so even though I’m trying to reduce our carb intake, we don’t have to give up foods we love. A handful of dried spices, salt and pepper season the flour nicely.

You certainly don’t have to use almond flour in this recipe, just sub bread crumbs for the almond flour and your eggplant parmesan will still be scrumptious.

Here’s how this Eggplant Parmesan For One comes together…

I cook the eggplant in a little oil in a skillet, then place the layers in a small baking dish…

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

Top the layer of eggplant with shredded mozzarella cheese…

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

Top with tomato sauce

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

Add another layer of eggplant…

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

Top with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and place in the oven to bake…

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

This Eggplant Parmesan for one bakes in the oven for about 30 minutes.  Just enough time for the cheese to melt.

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

Easy to make, super cheesy and incredibly delicious!

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com

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For this recipe, I use a 5-inch baking dish. This baking dish holds about 1.5 cups. Similar sized baking dishes that hold about 2 cups will work well too.

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Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com
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Eggplant Parmesan For One
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Eggplant Parmesan For One, layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. An easy recipe and a delicious meal for those cooking for one.

Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 person
Author: Joanie Zisk
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or use bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small eggplant (about 3/4-pound), peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Lightly beat the egg in a bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the almond flour, Parmesan cheese, dried basil, salt, dried oregano, garlic powder and pepper.

  4. Working with 1 slice of eggplant at a time, dip eggplant in egg, letting excess egg drip off.

  5. Dredge eggplant in almond flour/spice mixture until evenly coated, shaking off excess.  Place eggplant slices on a sheet of wax paper.

  6. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over moderately high heat.  Then, fry eggplant slices a few at a time, turning over once, until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per batch.  Transfer with tongs to paper towels to drain.

  7. Spray oil spray to the bottom of a small baking dish. Arrange about one half of the eggplant slices in 1 layer on bottom of dish, overlapping slightly if necessary.  Cover eggplant with half of mozzarella cheese and half of tomato sauce.  Continue layering with remaining eggplant, mozzarella and sauce.  Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.

  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese has melted.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Can this recipe be frozen? And if so, should it be frozen before or after it's baked? This sounds delicious, but an eggplant is pretty large and it wouldn't do to have to toss what's left! LOL Thanks, Lesley Keller

    • Hi Lesley,
      Yes, you can freeze Eggplant Parmesan. Bake it first, then tightly wrap up the leftovers in plastic wrap. In this recipe, I use a small eggplant that's just under a pound in weight. If you use a larger eggplant, you'll need to double the other ingredients.
      Hope you enjoy the recipe!
      Joanie

  2. Hi Joanie, I’ve made this and it’s delish! I have one comment – you don’t say what temp to bake it at! I can’t remember what I baked it at the first time!

    Thanks.

    Lesley Keller

  3. Hi Joanie, I’ve made this twice now, but realized that you don’t say what temp to bake it at! I did 375 last night and it was too hot. I can’t remember what I did it at the first time. Help please.

    Lesley

    • Hi Lesley,

      I apologize for my delayed response to your question. I’m traveling and my internet connection has been spotty. Bake it at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. The eggplant is already cooked so you really just want the cheese to melt. I can’t believe I forgot to post the oven temperature – thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. I’m adding it to the recipe notes now. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

      Joanie

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