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Eggplant Casserole Recipe

Eggplant Casserole Recipe

This Eggplant Casserole Recipe is a delicious vegetarian meal that’s packed full of flavor!  One dish meals are the BEST and this eggplant casserole recipe does not disappoint!

Eggplant Casserole recipe

Eggplant Casserole Recipe

A delicious vegetarian meal that’s packed full of flavor!

So lately I’ve been trying to squeeze in at least one vegetarian meal a week…luckily, being right in the middle of Lent is helping since we don’t eat meat on Fridays.  Hubs usually likes for me to make fish on Fridays but this week I decided to switch things up with this Eggplant Casserole recipe.  It was a DELICIOUS vegetarian meal that was PACKED full of FLAVOR!

Ever since Miss Jellybean was born I’ve been on a kick to simplify our lives….one of my FAVORITE ways to simplify our lives is to use less dishes at dinner time….I HATE doing dishes….I love to cook but can’t stand the clean up afterwards.  I’m fortunate enough that Hubs usually handles the clean up when I cook but some nights he’s just too tired after working for 12 or 14 hours (he’s a training manager which equals CRAZY long hours!) so I wind up cleaning up the dishes after dinner.  That’s why I’ve started focusing on slow cooker meals and one dish meals….both make dinner clean up a snap!

I chose an eggplant casserole recipe because eggplant is a pretty hearty veggie that can easily replace the meat of a meal without feeling like you’re eating rabbit food (as Hubs calls all vegetables- not just salads).  Eggplant has a wonderful earthy flavor that bakes up so delicious (you can fry it too but I’m trying to be healthier 😉 ).  Plus, this is the perfect meal to make when my sister and her fiance are visiting because they are true vegetarians….so at least I know how to make one delicious meal they can eat.  You can also easily make this meal vegan by just removing the cheese.

I’m a huge fan of gnocchi (pronounced no-key….it took me like a year to figure that out back when I started eating it years ago)….I’m always trying to come up with dishes that I can add gnocchi to!  In fact I just made a gnocchi soup tonight that I’ll be sharing soon…..oh my gosh it was to die for!  But you’re hear to find out about this delicious eggplant casserole recipe…so back to that.  Are you ready for how simple this recipe is to make?!

Eggplant Casserole Recipe


3TBS Olive Oil


1 Large Can of Diced Tomatoes

1 Bunch Spinach

1 Package Potato Gnocchi

1/2 Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese

1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1/2 TBS Garlic Powder

1 TBS Italian Seasoning


Peel and slice eggplant and place in a casserole dish.

Mix together salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

Drizzle eggplant with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning mix.

Turn oven broiler on high and broil eggplant for 5 minutes.

Remove eggplant from broiler and flip over, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning, and return to broiler for another 5 minutes.

Remove spinach leaves from stalks and add to casserole dish.

Add gnocchi to casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Drain tomatoes and pour over casserole.

Sprinkle cheese on top of casserole and continue baking for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve hot!

What’s your favorite way to eat eggplant? Share in the comments below!

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Friday 3rd of November 2017

Made this and LOVED it. My husband and I had it for dinner, we both had it for lunch the next day, and had it for dinner that night! We still weren't tired of it. It was good and filling without being heavy. This one is going in our regular rotation.

Melissa Llado

Monday 6th of November 2017

YEAH!!! I'm so glad you and your husband enjoyed this!!


Wednesday 9th of August 2017

I love eggplant! Made the recipe the way it was written and it turned out great. Looking forward to lunch tomorrow!


Monday 9th of May 2016

Do you use fresh or frozen gnocchi? For either option do you cook the gnoochi before hand?

Johanne lecourt

Sunday 23rd of October 2016

I did cook the gnocci. And turned the oven down to 350f once the eggplant was broiled. And pour the diced tomatoes WITHOUT draining BEFORE leaving the casserole in for 20 min. My gut was telling me this was not going to be a success so I only put cheese on 1/4 of the casserole.

And if you are wondering, this recipe is about a 3/10. Not going to make it again. By the comments, looks like i'm the only one who made it, others only pinned it.

Melissa Llado

Monday 9th of May 2016

I use fresh gnocchi or you can always find prepackaged gnocchi over in the pasta section of your local grocery store. Gnocchi is already soft so you don't have to cook it ahead of just warms up while the casserole is baking.


Wednesday 11th of March 2015

I love eggplant. I personally pinned this recipe. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

Lou Lou Girls

Monday 9th of March 2015

I'm loving this! This looks amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 at our party. I can't wait! Lou Lou Girls


Tuesday 10th of March 2015

Thanks so much! We love it!

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