Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

November 5, 2019
Article by Vegan Richa

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Recipe. Breaded Eggplant baked and served over spaghetti and chunky marinara, then topped with cashew mozzarella cream. Fancy and so Delicious! Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Nut-free option. Jump to Recipe

Comfort food almost spells a loaded Eggplant Parmesan. Yes?! And it is easy enough to make home!

Make the easy Chunky pasta sauce or use premade, Make the vegan mozzarella or my nut-free vegan alfredo for topping or use vegan parmesan instead for a quicker option, get the breading station ready, Bread the eggplant slices and bake or pan fry. Assemble everything and swoon.

The recipe looks long as it has recipes for sauce, vegan mozz and the breaded eggplant. You can use premade portions for a much quicker meal. The pasta sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for upto 4 days, same with the vegan mozzarella. Just make the eggplant parmesan fresh for a nice crispy result! lets make this.

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan on a white plate

Ingredients for Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

Jump to Recipe for recipe widget.  For the Chunky Pasta Sauce you need

  • garlic, onion, tomatoes, tomato paste, italian herbs, black pepper and red pepper flakes
  • and some olive oil, salt and sweetener

For the Eggplant Parmesan you need

  • a long eggplant
  • For the breading station: breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, nutritional yeast, salt, flour, cornstarch or other starch and non dairy milk. See recipe for substitute options.

For the Vegan Mozzarella you need

  • cashews, flour, water, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, lemon juice, and miso

To Serve, you need some spaghetti and fresh herbs.

How to make the Vegan Eggplant Parmesan with Step Pictures

Make the Pasta Sauce: Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for a few seconds. Add onion and a pinch of salt and cook for a minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes. if the mixture is too thick, add 1/2 cup water.

Reduce heat to medium low. Partially cover and continue to cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. Taste and adjust flavor.

Ingredients for chunky marinara sauce in bowls

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Mozzarella Cream:

Blend everything under mozzarella cream until smooth. Add to a skillet over medium heat. Cook until the mixture thickens evenly. about 3-4 mins. Mix and stir occasionally so the thickening mixture at the bottom doesnt stick.

Ingredients for Vegan Mozzarella in Bowls

Blended Vegan Mozzarella in a skillet

Vegan Mozzarella in a skillet

Eggplant Parmesan: Slice the eggplant. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 15-20 mins. Then rinse and dab in paper towels.

Assemble the breading stations. In a shallow bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with nutritional yeast, herbs salt. In another bowl mix the milk with cornstarch, garlic and a good pinch of salt. Mix well. Add flour to another bowl.

Brush oil liberally on a baking dish. Dip each slice into flour, then milk then breadcrumb mixture to coat all sides, then place in the baking dish. Spray oil on top.

eggplant slices on wire rack

Ingredients for baked breaded eggplant in bowls

 Ingredients for baked breaded eggplant Breaded Eggplant ready to bake

Bake at 425 deg F for 25 to 30 mins or until golden. (You can also pan fry the eggplant in a cast iron skillet at medium heat so the slices cook through.) Cook the pasta according to instruction on the package if you havent already.

Assemble plates and serve. Garnish with fresh basil and pepper flakes.

Baked Breeaded Eggplant for Eggplant Parmesan

Can I make this Eggplant Parmesan Gluten-free?

Yes, Use gluten-free spaghetti or spaghetti squash.

For the Eggplant Parmesan, use gluten-free breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs and a mix of 2 tbsp rice flour, 2 tbsp oat flour and 2 tbsp cornstarch or potato starch instead of the all purpose flour.

Can I make this nut-free?

Yes, use my nut-free vegan alfredo for topping, or use the nut-free version of my vegan parmesan with pumpkin seeds.

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti in white plate

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti on white plates

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Recipe. Breaded Eggplant baked and served over spaghetti and chunky marinara, then topped with cashew mozzarella cream. Fancy and so Delicious! Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Nut-free option

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time35 mins

Total Time50 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Italian, Vegan

Keyword: eggplant parmesan recipe, vegan eggplant parmigiana, vegan parmigiana recipe

Servings: 4

Calories: 434.28kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

Chunky Red Sauce:

  • 1 tsp oil or  2 tbsp broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) onion
  • 15 oz (425.24 g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp italian herbs oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • a good dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp or more sugar/sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mozzarella cream:

  • 1/2 cup (64.5 g) cashews
  • 1 cup (236.59 ml) water
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp miso

Eggplant Parmesan:

  • 1 large longish eggplant ,slice into 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Breading:
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (118.29 ml) milk
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1/3 cup (41.67 g) flour

To Serve

  • 8 oz spaghetti , use gluten-free spaghetti or spaghetti squash to make gf
  • fresh basil and pepper flakes for garnish

Instructions

  • Pasta Sauce: at oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for a few seconds. Add onion and a pinch of salt and cook for a minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes. if the mixture is too thick, add 1/2 cup water.

  • Reduce heat to medium low. Partially cover and continue to cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. Taste and adjust flavor. (Sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for 3 days. Or use store bought marinara or pasta sauce)

  • Mozzarella Cream:(See notes for nut-free) Blend everything under mozzarella cream until smooth. Add to a skillet over medium heat. Cook until the mixture thickens evenly. about 3-4 mins. Mix and stir occasionally so the thickening mixture at the bottom doesnt stick. (Can be made ahead and refrigerated for upto 3 days. Or use store bought vegan mozzarella and top the baking eggplant in the last 10 mins of baking. at step 7)

  • Eggplant Parmesan: Slice the eggplant. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 15-20 mins. Then rinse and dab in paper towels. (You can skip the salting step. Salting helps reduce the bitterness of the eggplant, but can be skipped to reduce work)

  • Assemble the breading stations. In a shallow bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with nutritional yeast, herbs, salt. In another bowl mix the milk with cornstarch, garlic and a good pinch of salt. Mix well. Add flour to another bowl.

  • Brush oil liberally on a baking dish. Dip each eggplant slice into flour, then milk then breadcrumb mixture to coat all sides, then place in the baking dish. Repeat for all slices. Spray oil on top.

  • Bake at 425 deg F (220 F) for 25 to 30 mins or until golden. (You can also pan fry the eggplant in a cast iron skillet at medium heat so the slices cook through.)

  • Cook the pasta according to instruction on the package if you haven’t already. Assemble plates with spaghetti topped with pasta sauce and crisp eggplant. Add dollops of the vegan mozzarella or sprinkle some vegan parm and serve.

Notes

Mozzarella Substitute: nut-free vegan alfredo or vegan parmesan. For Gluten-free: Use gluten-free spaghetti or spaghetti squash.  For the Eggplant Parmesan, use gluten-free breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs and a mix of 2 tbsp rice flour, 2 tbsp oat flour and 2 tbsp cornstarch or potato starch instead of the flour.  Nutrition is for 1 serve with half the amount of cashew cheese as you might need all of it.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

Amount Per Serving

Calories 434.28 Calories from Fat 126

% Daily Value*

Fat 14.05g22%

Saturated Fat 2.51g16%

Sodium 730.48mg32%

Potassium 949.52mg27%

Carbohydrates 84.84g28%

Fiber 9.83g41%

Sugar 144.22g160%

Protein 19.23g38%

Vitamin A 325.47IU7%

Vitamin C 15.85mg19%

Calcium 140.41mg14%

Iron 5.89mg33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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