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Eggplant Parmesan Boats

A perfectly guiltless way to enjoy all the flavors and satisfaction of Eggplant Parmesan without frying! Easy, delicious, and ready in just 30 minutes.
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 275kcal


  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups Marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup plain panko
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced
  • Fresh basil for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and scoop out the center, leaving about 1/2 inch around the sides so that it holds its shape when baked. Reserve the scooped eggplant.
  • Brush the inside of the eggplant shells with 1 tablespoon of oil and roast in the oven, with the inside facing up for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion for about 3 minutes, or until fragrant. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the chopped reserved eggplant and cook until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce, season with oregano, salt, and pepper to taste and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Spread the remaining marinara sauce over the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Mix panko and Parmesan in a small bowl.
  • Place the eggplant shells in a baking dish; fill them with the sauce, top with panko mixture and mozzarella.
  • Bake in the preheated 400º F oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbling.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and serve.


I didn't add any salt or pepper since my marinara sauce was well seasoned.
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Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 1247mg | Potassium: 1210mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1006IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 367mg | Iron: 3mg