Aubergine Elegance: Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Italy with "Aubergine Elegance: Melanzane alla Parmigiana." 

This classic dish layers succulent slices of aubergine with rich tomato sauce and a generous helping of melted Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. 

Each bite offers a harmonious blend of creamy and tangy flavors, complemented by the fresh basil and a golden, crispy cheese crust that is simply irresistible.

Aubergine Elegance: Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • Number of Servings: 4
  • Ideal Serving Size: One hearty square slice

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: Approximately 400 kcal
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 22g


  • Aubergines, sliced lengthwise: 600g
  • Salt: 5g (to sprinkle on aubergines)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (for frying)
  • Tomato sauce: 500g
  • Parmesan cheese, grated: 100g
  • Mozzarella cheese, sliced: 150g
  • Fresh basil leaves: 20g
  • Bread crumbs: 50g

Method of Preparation

  1. Salt aubergine slices and let sit to remove bitterness, rinse, then pat dry.
  2. Fry aubergines until golden, drain on paper towels.
  3. Layer aubergines, tomato sauce, and cheeses in a baking dish, topping with breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake until bubbling and golden brown.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For best results, use freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Allow the dish to rest for 10 minutes after baking for easier serving.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time? A: Yes, you can prepare the layers ahead of time and bake before serving.
  • Q: Can I use a different cheese than mozzarella? A: While mozzarella is traditional for its melting quality, other cheeses like provolone can also be used for variation.