The 4th edition of the #HungryHusbandProject is Eggplant Parmesan with Spaghetti (Squash), inspired by my college friend/roommate, Kelly. Kelly is pregnant with her 3rd baby and due any day now. Her mom made her some Eggplant Parmesan to see if it would induce labor (so far it hasn't)...but it sounded delicious, so I decided to make it tonight. This recipe is low-fat, low-carb, and vegetarian. I wasn't sure how the hubs would feel about it, but when I texted him from the grocery store, he was all for it.
|Left: Fresh out of the oven; Right: For a low-carb meal, serve over cooked spaghetti squash. (I made mine in the microwave.)|
- 1 large eggplant (or 2 small eggplants)
- 1 jar spaghetti or marinara sauce
- 2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 (2 cup) container low-fat ricotta cheese
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- Italian seasoning (to taste)
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
- Beat eggs in small bowl. In another bowl, combine parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Slice eggplant(s) into 1/2" slices. Dip each slice in egg, and then dredge through parmesan cheese mixture. Place in single layer on cookie sheet.
- Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes, turning slices halfway through.
- Spray a 9"x13" pan with non-stick spray. Cover bottom of pan in a thin layer of spaghetti/marinara sauce. Layer half the eggplant slices on the bottom.
- Top with another thin layer of spaghetti/marinara sauce, then spread ricotta cheese evenly over the sauce.
- Add remaining eggplant slices, then cover with the remaining spaghetti/marinara sauce, then mozzarella cheese.
- Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes. Serve over cooked spaghetti or spaghetti squash.
It smelled so good while it was cooking and took me less than an hour to make. Surprisingly, the hubs really liked it and said he'd definitely eat it again.
20/20 Overall Ranking
98/100 Final Score
A+ Letter Grade
"Had surprising flavor for a vegetarian dish. Might even taste better the next go-around!"
This is my highest-rated meal so far, which is surprising since it's vegetarian. (I swear I said that last time.) The original recipe I was looking at called for ground hamburger, which was browned and then placed over the ricotta cheese layer. This is an option for those who eat meat. I've never cooked eggplant before, and I've actually only eaten it a few times. I definitely didn't mind the flavor. I have to admit though, my fave part was the melted mozzarella cheese. :)