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How to Make Melanzane Alla Parmigiana (Aubergine and Mozzarella Bake)

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Melanzane alla parmigiana is a classic Italian dish that has fried eggplant slices covered with tomato sauce and cheese, then baked. Here is a recipe on how to make this classic dish.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

1 hour

1 hour 20 min

6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 kg aubergine (eggplant), sliced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 potatoes, sliced
  • 750 grams tomato paste
  • 300 grams mozzarella, sliced
  • 70 grams Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • Oregano
  • Basil leaves
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash aubergine and cut off the tops. Cut vertically into 1/2-cm slices.
  2. Warm oil in a pan. Fry the sliced aubergine.
  3. Take two onions and dice them.
  4. Cut potatoes horizontally and fry them (optional).
  5. Add some oil to a pot. Add the onions and fry. Once the onions are light brown, add tomato paste, oregano, basil leaves, black pepper, and salt. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Once all the tastes are mixed in the sauce, turn off the flame.
  6. In an oven-safe dish, lay the first layer of potatoes (optional). Next, add a layer of aubergine, then sauce, then mozzarella. Repeat the layers until you've run out of ingredients.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes at 200 degrees.

Step 1:

Wash aubergine (eggplant).

Wash aubergine (eggplant).

Eggplants after the tops have been removed.

Eggplants after the tops have been removed.

Step 2:

Cut aubergine vertically into 1/2-cm slices.

Cut aubergine vertically into 1/2-cm slices.

Step 3:

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Step 4:

Two onions

Two onions

Diced onions

Diced onions

Step 5:

Two potatoes

Two potatoes

Sliced potatoes

Sliced potatoes

Fry the potatoes

Fry the potatoes

Step 6:

Put some oil in pot

Put some oil in pot

Tomato sauce

Tomato sauce

Prepared sauce after adding ingredients

Prepared sauce after adding ingredients

Step 7:

Layer of potatoes

Layer of potatoes

Layer of sauce

Layer of sauce

Putting the prepared dish in preheated oven

Putting the prepared dish in preheated oven

Step 8:

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Comments

Liza from USA on November 09, 2019:

This dish reminds me when I was a student in Italy, an Italian lady (Signora) cooked this dish for me. Thanks for sharing the recipe!