Aubergine parmigiana recipe

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Hearty aubergine parmigiana is a real winner for the family. This cheap, quick and easy recipe is ready in just 30 mins and packed full of veg

Aubergine parmigiana
(Image credit: Getty/ Carlo A)
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories332 Kcal17%
Fat21 g30%
Saturated Fat7 g35%

This is a really hearty aubergine parmigiana, bulked up with lentils to make it really filling without costing much more.

If you want this dish to be suitable for vegetarians, make sure to use a vegetarian hard cheese and strict veggies will not want to eat Parmesan, pecorino or Gran Padano. They are easy to find, sold next to classic Parmesan in supermarkets. The whole dish is really quick to make - ready in only 30 minutes. It's a great dish to serve to veggies and meat eaters because the aubergine feels quite 'meaty'. Tasty, easy, speedy... and good for you too: a portion of this is only 322 calories - making it one of our favourite low calorie meals (opens in new tab).


  • 3 aubergines, sliced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • Handful fresh basil, torn, plus extra to garnish
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • 400g can lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 100g grated Parmesan
  • 1 ball mozzarella, torn




  1. Lay the aubergine on baking trays and brush with half the oil. Grill until golden brown, then turn and cook on the other side.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a pan, add the garlic and allow to infuse for 1 min. Pour in the tomatoes, basil and sugar, and simmer for 10 mins. Add the lentils and cook for 5-10 mins to warm through and reduce.
  3. Layer the aubergine with the tomato sauce and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan. Dot the mozzarella over the top and grill. If you want to make ahead, leave to cool completely, then chill. Reheat in the oven at 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6 for 25-30 mins. Scatter a few basil leaves over the top of the dish just before serving.

Top Tip for making aubergine parmigiana

If you're not a fan of lentils but still want to keep this dish vegetarian friendly swap for Quorn mince instead.

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