Stuffed Eggplant Recipe (2024)

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My tasty Roasted Eggplant Recipe is roasted eggplant slices stuffed with mozzarella, tomato, and pesto! I’ll show you how to easily roast eggplant in the oven for the best texture and flavor.

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Best Stuffed Eggplant

If you love Italian dishes like Caprese, this is a perfect recipe for you!

This stuffed and roasted eggplant gets all of its delicious flavors from the basil pesto, mozzarella, and tomato slices. It is so easy to prepare and an amazing meal! I love how light and flavorful it is.

I like to top mine off with toasted pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil after baking, too. Every bite is worth savoring. I promise you’ve never had a stuffed eggplant recipe like this one. It is by far one of my favorite Sunday dinner ideas!

Amazing recipe. Turned out beautiful!

Adrienn

Stuffed Eggplant Ingredients

  • largeeggplant
  • beefsteak tomatoes
  • mozzarella cheese slices
  • pesto
  • olive oil

Optional for serving

  • toasted pine nuts
  • fresh basil leaves
  • grated Parmesan cheese
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How to Cut Eggplant

For stuffed eggplant recipes, it’s important to get those perfect slices. You want them cut to the right thickness and you don’t want to cut all of the way through the bottom.

  1. Set your eggplant on a cutting board. To each side of the eggplant, place a guide: this could be a wooden spoon handle, chopstick, or thick wooden skewer.
  2. Slice your eggplant without cutting all of the way through – you want it to connect at the bottom of each slice. When your knife hits the guide, that’s when you know to stop cutting.
  3. Cut the eggplant into slices that are about ¼ inch thick.

TIP—Preheat your oven to 350°F while slicing the eggplant so it will be ready once you’re done preparing it to bake.

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How to Stuff Eggplant

Next, you’ll stuff the eggplant with cheese, tomato, and pesto.

  1. Place pesto in between each slice of eggplant, followed by a slice of beefsteak tomato and a slice of mozzarella cheese.
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  2. Continue stuffing the eggplant slices until each slice is filled with pesto, tomato, and mozzarella.

It was sooo easy and my roommates loved it!

Munira

How to Roast Eggplant

Time to bake! Follow this guide for how to cook eggplant in the oven for the most perfect, delicious, and tender dish:

  1. Place the stuffed eggplant in a 9 by 13 inch baking dish greased lightly with olive oil. Let it lay almost flat in the dish.
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  2. Drizzle olive oil over the eggplant, and roast at 350°F for 1 hour, until it cooks through and is nicely browned.
  3. Cut through the bottom of the slices to serve. Sprinkle with pine nuts, fresh basil, and grated Parmesan, if desired.
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This was spectacular!

Deborah

Roasted Eggplant Recipe Tips

Oven-roasting is one of the best ways to cook eggplant, but if you’ve never cooked it before, there are a few details to look out for!

  • Use the right eggplant: Look for a large eggplant to use in this recipe. The most common variety of American eggplant is generally the perfect kind to use!
  • Pick a ripe eggplant: When ripe, this vegetable will be firm and shiny, without any wrinkles or squishy spots.

Stuffed Eggplant Recipes FAQs

What is the secret to cooking eggplant?

The #1 secret to cooking the perfect eggplant is it must be completely cooked through until it’s soft, smooth, and creamy. Always check with a fork and make sure it’s soft and cooked perfectly.

Do you peel eggplant before cooking?

You do not need to peel an eggplant. Especially when slicing the eggplant. The skin adds a nice bite.

What to Serve with Eggplant

  • Fresh Vegetable Salad
  • Instant Pot French Bread
  • Green Bean Almondine
  • Foil Packet Potatoes
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Easy Vegetarian Recipes

  • Vegetarian Enchiladas
  • Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
  • Roasted Vegetables with Cheese Sauce

Recipe

Stuffed Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Isabel Laessig

This stuffed roasted eggplant recipe is as easy as it gets and so delicious! Ready to bake with just 10 minutes of prep, and full of flavor.

4.67 from 15 votes

Print Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr

Total Time 1 hour hr 10 minutes mins

Course Main Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 4

Calories 402 kcal

Equipment

  • 9×13" baking dish

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant or 2 smaller eggplants
  • 2 large beefsteak tomatoes halved and sliced
  • 4 ¾ oz. mozzarella cheese not soft burrata, but mozzarella slices
  • ¾ cup pesto
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Optional for serving

  • toasted pine nuts
  • fresh basil leaves
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Conversions

See our Cooking Conversions Chart for help converting measurements!

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Slice 1 large eggplant almost all of the way through into slices that are about ¼-inch thick, leaving them connected near the bottom.

    Halve and slice 2 large beefsteak tomatoes.

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  • Place a heaping 1 tsp. or so of pesto in between each slice, followed by a slice of beefsteak tomato and a slice of mozzarella cheese.

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  • Continue stuffing the eggplant slices until each slice is filled with pesto, tomato, and mozzarella.

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  • Place the stuffed eggplant in a 9 by 13 inch baking dish greased with olive oil. Let it lay almost flat in the dish.

    Drizzle olive oil over the eggplant.

    Roast at 350°F for 1 hour, until it cooks through and is nicely browned.

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  • Cut through the bottom of the slices to serve. Sprinkle with pine nuts, fresh basil, and Parmesan.

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Notes

TIP: When slicing the eggplant, place a chopstick, wooden skewer, or wooden spoon to one or both sides as a “guide”. When you’re making your slices, your knife will hit the guide before cutting all of the way through the eggplant.

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 12gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 657mgPotassium: 691mgFiber: 6gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 2607IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 272mgIron: 1mg

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About Isabel Laessig

Hi! I’m Isabel Laessig, also known as Family Foodie, creator of Sunday Supper Movement and author of the Boujee Steak Cookbook. Sunday Supper is my mission to bring family back around the dinner table. Join me in making family meal-time a tradition to celebrate!

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  1. jo_jo_ba says

    Now I REALLY wish our eggplants had grown this summer!

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  2. Cindy Kerschner says

    So elegant looking!

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  3. Wendy Klik says

    What a gorgeous dish!

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  4. Eileen Gray says

    Wow, that is an impressive dish!

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  5. Nettie Moore says

    A real show stopper! Nettie

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  6. David Crowley says

    What a beautiful vegetable dish!

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  7. Alix P Lindstrom says

    Do you think I could make this with marinara sauce instead of pesto?

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    • Isabel Laessig says

      We don’t see why not. Let us know how it turns out.

      Reply

  8. Sheena says

    Really tasty but i will make slimmer hasselback slices next time as the middle was less cooked and also put a bit more pesto on both sides of the slices. 😋😋😋

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  9. Amand says

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    Made this for dinner tonight. It was very good but needed a little something. A splash of balsamic vinegar did the trick.

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    • Em Beitel says

      Thank you so much, Amand! We’re glad you enjoyed it – and that sounds like an amazing addition!

      Reply

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