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Eggplant Parmesan Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Eggplant Parmesan with Meat Sauce Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com First of all, I want to thank all of you for your kind messages and supportive votes for CBS San Francisco’s Most Valuable Blogger award finalist (Voting is open everyday until September 9th). For those of you who had nominated my blog – it was really an amazing surprise!!! I appreciate each one of your votes and thank you so much! (Update: Just One Cookbook won this award!  Thank you for your support!)

Today’s menu is not Japanese food. When I saw Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan post at my blogger friend Kayo’s (Kay) site at My Home Cooked Meals, I immediately fell in love. I’ve never cooked Eggplant Parmesan before but I love eggplants, tomato sauce, and pasta, and her pictures made me super hungry. However, I had one problem: my husband wants meat (or any kind of seafood) with all his dinners. So what I did was to use my favorite Meat Sauce instead of tomato sauce. And guess what my husband said… he absolutely loved it! He said the combination of meat sauce and panko crusted eggplant was just perfect. The taste of crispy eggplants and cheese with the tartness of the tomato blended very well together. He even brought the leftover next day for his lunch. My kids normally don’t like eggplant but even they enjoyed extra serving of crispy eggplant on the side.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Eggplant Parmesan Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
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Serves: Serves 4
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • Flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Panko
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 pkg fresh mozzarella
  • 4 servings spaghetti
  • Meat Sauce
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Basil for garnish
  1. Cut eggplant into ⅓-inch-thick rounds and soak in water for 10 minutes. I learned to do this from my mom. I think this process will get rid of tart taste and also avoid eggplant from changing its color.
  2. Dry the eggplants completely with paper towels.
  3. Working with 1 slice at a time, dredge eggplant in flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg, letting the excess drip off, and dredge in panko until evenly coated. Transfer to a plate and continue with the next slice until you’re all done.
  4. If you want to make eggplant look nicer, wipe off panko from the rims with fingers so it shows nice purple color.
  5. In a large non-stick frying pan, heat ¼ inch oil on high heat. When the oil it hot, but not smoking, deep fry the eggplants until golden brown (See How To Deep Fry Food). Transfer them to paper towels to drain.
  6. Place slices of eggplants on top of a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Put the mozzarella cheese on top and broil until cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Serve pasta on a plate and pour meat sauce. Then sprinkle lots of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and top with eggplants. Lastly pour more meat sauce on top and garnish with basil. Grate extra Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese so everyone can add their preferred amount of cheese on top.

Source: Adapted from My Home Cooked Meals


Eggplant Parmesan with Meat Sauce


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  • A little yumminess August 26, 2011, 12:32 am

    This is genuis. I can’t believe I never thought of this! Panko is awesome too.

  • Alyssa August 26, 2011, 1:44 am

    Our husbands must know each other…he would never accept a meal without meat. I haven’t had much luck with eggplant parmesan in the past, but your idea looks so good that I just may try again! Thanks for sharing!

  • Christian Hollingsworth August 26, 2011, 1:46 am

    Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve stopped by. I’ve been mighty busy lately – but no excuse! Congrats on being nominated. That’s just fantastic!

    And this recipe looks completely delicious. So yummy! Hope you’re doing well. Know that I consider you a friend and fellow blogger. Love reading your work. You’re amazing!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover August 26, 2011, 1:52 am

    just eating the roasted eggplant and cheese by itself, already sound heavenly!

  • Maris (In Good Taste) August 26, 2011, 1:55 am

    Eggplant parm is one of my favorites dishes.I love how you prepared this and yes, i will be voting for your fabulous blog every day!

  • raquel @ Erecipe August 26, 2011, 2:30 am

    hi nami I voted one for you and I can vote more I already bookmarked the website… I voted for you because you are really spectacular… you really amaze me with your recipe about this simple eggplant you made it really stunning….wow can’t wait to send you picture of wanton …tomorrow is my daughters birthday and I am really busy I will make this recipe next weekend…but I don’t forget to send you pictures of wanton that I will make. I will try this coming sunday…=) congratulations for being a finalist you really deserve it. =)

  • Mr. Three-Cookies August 26, 2011, 3:33 am

    Eggplant and mince (eg moussaka) is awesome. Panko breaded eggplant with melted cheese would be even better, looks and sounds incredible.

  • Beth Michelle August 26, 2011, 4:25 am

    Eggplant parm is one of my most favorites! I like how you topped yours with meat sauce! Looks so delicious.

  • Liz August 26, 2011, 4:32 am

    Voting for you again today, my friend!!! This is one gorgeous dish! I’d eat all the eggplant due to lack of competition (my good luck) and the family would gobble up the pasta and meat sauce. Win-Win :)

  • Sylvia@peachesanddonuts August 26, 2011, 4:39 am

    woah! another way to ‘disguise’ eggplants for the kids. Definitely another delicious way to have our lovely eggplants!

  • Elyse @The Cultural Dish August 26, 2011, 4:43 am

    It’s been a few months since I made eggplant parm, but it is one of my favorite Italian dishes and yours looks delicious!

  • Belinda @zomppa August 26, 2011, 4:50 am

    What a perfect compromise – and perfect for those hungry days.

  • Sissi August 26, 2011, 5:21 am

    Nami, I love this dish and I would love so much to have it now! Unfortunately I have planned something completely different for the dinner… I love everything: the meat sauce, the aubergine, the pasta, the panko crust… And I’m exactly like your husband: if I don’t have a bit of meat or seafood (the latter might even be alive, for example oysters ;-) ) on my table, I don’t feel I’ve had a proper dinner (falafels and some mushrooms are rare exceptions). It sounds scary, doesn’t it?

  • Victor @ RandomCuisine August 26, 2011, 6:42 am

    I made eggplant parmigiana a while back, your version is like the deconstructed version of the parmigiana. Love it!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking August 26, 2011, 7:48 am

    Nami, this looks really tempting and I love that you made meat sauce. I think it goes well with pasta and eggplants..Great recipe and beautiful pictures!

  • Reem | Simply Reem August 26, 2011, 8:15 am

    Nami this looks delicious!!! My kids are too not big fan of eggplant( another similarity :-) ),but with meat sauce and the crispy crust I think it will do just fine…. Beautiful pictures..

  • bonnie at sweet life August 26, 2011, 8:25 am

    OMG Congrats!!! that awesome, lovely meal. my kiddos also were hesitant about eggplant…but have grown to love it!!

  • Allie August 26, 2011, 8:29 am

    Eggplant parm is on of my favorite dishes!!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 26, 2011, 9:21 am

    Wonderful recipe, Nami. I love eggplant parm! And what a great idea to use panko!

  • Amelia August 26, 2011, 10:22 am

    This looks so good especially the egg plant. Have a nice weekend.

  • Lilly August 26, 2011, 10:53 am

    Amazing dish! When I fry eggplant it tent to be a bit to oily so maybe I should try it your way. My hubby is not a big fan of eggplant so I sneak it into his (red) pasta sauce. If he can’t identify he can’t say it’s bad hehehe Well he actually likes it a bit too I think.

    I also noticed that you can vote every day. At first I thought it was per computer, but it’s every day, so good that you mentioned again. Of course you’ve got my vote, every day till it ends. Really hope you’ll win!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat August 26, 2011, 12:07 pm

    I am sure I will LOVE this dish! with tomato sauce, not meat sauce obviously :) but love this recipe!

  • Priscilla-ShesCookin August 26, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Eggplant Parm is one of our favorites and I always served it with pasta – never thought to call it deconstructed tho ;) Very clever and looking at your photos is making me hungry!! I voted for you, what an honor to be nominated!

  • tanja@tanjascookingcorner August 26, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Haha, my darling is also like yours… Without meat he is not happy with his meal!
    This is a fantastic dish, the pictures are sutnning and it comes immediatly on my mus- try list!:)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Susan August 26, 2011, 12:41 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious Nami. Too bad I’m not much of an eggplant fan, but honestly anything coated in that much cheese could not be bad. I have my eye on that meat sauce though! I’m going to squirrel that recipe away for a rainy day.

  • Mika August 26, 2011, 1:29 pm

    This looks soooo yummy. I wonder if I can eat it… I’ve been suffering from acid reflux…………….

  • tigerfish August 26, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Your husband is similar to my hb…must have meat/seafood in his main meals :D
    I like how perfect the eggplants are fried.

    Have a good weekend.

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) August 26, 2011, 2:05 pm

    what a delicious way to serve eggplant! Everything on that plate looks perfect, Nami!

  • Lyn August 26, 2011, 3:44 pm

    Congrats on your blog being nominated in CBS San Francisco’s Most Valuable Blogger Award and in the finalist now, Nami! I’m so happy for you! :D I feel so bad that I only got to know about it today in this post but lucky I still have got time to vote for you until Sept 9th! :P
    Yes, I thot Kay’s Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan was great too when I saw her post! (You should know why I haven’t try out yet ’til now :P)
    I think both my hubby and yours are quite similar when comes to having what ingredients MUST BE in their dishes. LOL
    For me I’m alright as long as there’s CHEESE (in the right kinda dishes)!!! :D Tho I must admit that I’m halved influence by my hubby now-eats more meat than before. :P
    I’ll try both yours and Kay’s recipes! With meat sauce of coz is for my hubby and Trinke (+ me!), w/o meat sauce will be for Trisia and me again! :D
    Hope you’ve a great first sch-term weekends! Enjoy! :)

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice August 26, 2011, 4:13 pm

    Congrats on your nomination! Your eggplant parmesan and pasta dish looks super tasty. I like the idea of the melted cheese on the eggplant. Have a lovely weekend!

  • Claire August 26, 2011, 5:07 pm

    I love the looks of this dish. I’m always hesitant to cook eggplant because I can’t seem to make it taste good but this recipe sounds amazing. I love the addition of the meat sauce and i’m glad your husband & kiddos liked it!

  • Jihane @Sinful Sundays August 26, 2011, 6:55 pm

    Congrats on the nomination! This eggplant parm and the tutorial is one of the many reasons why I love your blog. It looks fantastic! :)

  • Christine August 26, 2011, 7:22 pm

    Great recipe and photos. Love this.

  • Laz August 26, 2011, 8:10 pm

    Great job with the eggplant parm. One of my all time fav dishes.

    Two thumbs up!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 26, 2011, 8:16 pm

    This sounds truly delicious, Nami! The breading looks perfect and I love the idea of adding meat sauce. Well done friend!

  • Cindy @ MijoRecipes August 26, 2011, 9:44 pm

    O, I love eggplant so much! I am going to make it this week!

  • Ann August 26, 2011, 9:55 pm

    This looks fabulous, Nami! I love the idea that it’s deconstructed…

  • Kay Ecker August 27, 2011, 12:36 am

    Nami, thank you for being inspired by my recipe, I’m very honored :) Yours looks so good with the meat sauce!! I think I will try it this way next time. I’m voting for you every day…hope you win!!

    • Nami August 29, 2011, 11:26 pm

      Thanks Kayo for the wonderful inspiration. Now this dish is officially in my family’s cookbook! =) Although this is my 2nd trial for the photo shoot, I feel like I still can’t get the best shot out. Hopefully I can take a nice picture of this dish. :-) And thanks for the vote!

  • Helen in Houston August 27, 2011, 12:44 am

    What a wonderful idea! When I make eggplant parmesan, the eggplant gets buried under the sauce and cheese. I love how you make it so that the eggplant remains crispy. Maybe that what “deconstructed” means — that ingredients are not “mixed” together? I’m never too old to learn. This is on my menu plan for next week. I wish you lived next door to me!


  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen August 27, 2011, 1:42 am

    I’d prefer eating those eggplants alone.. they looks amazing, and so yummy! Pasta seems in the way ;)

    • Nami August 27, 2011, 1:52 am

      Hehehee…. Giulia, this is definitely not authentic Italian dish, right? ;-) Americans love eating it with pasta… I’m sure that’s what it is!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 27, 2011, 4:43 am

    Mmm I’ve just eaten a three course meal and still these photos are making me so hungry! :D

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book August 27, 2011, 6:59 am

    Oh I love what you have done with the eggplant – fantastic, and so beautifully plated with the spaghetti and meat sauce.
    Have a great weekend.
    :-) Mandy

  • Tastes of Home (Jen) August 27, 2011, 9:17 am

    Nami, congrats on your nomination! I will def vote for you if I’m eligible to vote hehe

    Your eggplant parm looks great! Totally drool inducing and especially as it’s midnight here and I think I just heard my stomach growling :P

  • Marina August 27, 2011, 9:46 am

    This looks amazingly good!

  • Shirley August 27, 2011, 11:56 am

    What a great idea, adding meat to the sauce for those carnivorous men who complain about meatless dinners. And who doesn’t like eggplant parmesan?

    Also, I’m passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to you! Check out details at http://whataboutsecondbreakfast.blogspot.com/2011/08/i-got-versatile-blogger-award.html.

  • Katherine Martinelli August 27, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Eggplant parm is one of my all time favorites and I just love your deconstructed version! It looks so elegant too. This is definitely how I will try it next time!

  • Asianmommy August 27, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Looks delicious!

  • anh August 27, 2011, 6:25 pm

    what can I say? YUMMMM!

  • Jessica August 27, 2011, 6:37 pm

    You did such a perfect job on these eggplant parmesans! And a huge congratulations to you being a finalist! That is so exciting. It’s so funny as I am reading your post because I actually just had eggplant parmesan at a local Italian place nearby, but I will say, yours looks so much more appetizing and delicious!!

  • Manu August 27, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Hehehe I smiled at Giulia’s comment. It’s all about habits… ;-) But with or without pasta these eggplants look amazing!!! Eggplant is my favourite summer veggie and my mouth waters every time I even think of it!!! :-)

  • wizzythestick August 27, 2011, 7:07 pm

    Eggplant Parmesan is a nice satisfying meal for both meat lovers and vegetarians. I always start of thinking I’ll want the meat but by the end of eating realize that I haven’t missed the meat at all.

  • torviewtoronto August 27, 2011, 9:19 pm

    delicious I like the combination of flavours looks wonderful

  • Kalyan August 28, 2011, 12:02 am

    This one looks so easy to cook and mouth-watering…delicious!

  • Raymund August 28, 2011, 1:20 am

    That melting mozzarella looks so tempting, that eggplant alone would make my day

  • Tiffany August 28, 2011, 6:10 am

    I love that you infused the dish with a piece of Japan by using panko! :D

  • Von August 28, 2011, 6:19 am

    I love eggplants! And I love tomato and pasta too- this is definitely a dish I would love!! The fried eggplants with cheese on top looks amazingly good :)

  • chopinandmysaucepan August 28, 2011, 6:32 am

    Cheese seems to go so well with eggplant, especially grilled until it’s melted this way. Your recipes are truly quite international Nami!

  • Shaz (feedingmykidsbetter) August 28, 2011, 7:16 am

    Looks scrumptious! I might try it out and see how my boys take to it :)

  • Cooking Gallery August 28, 2011, 9:38 am

    Hi Nami, here I am again…:)! So sorry for being away for so long without any words. I didn’t expect that I would end up so busy during my holiday and finally had no chance to be online. I see that I have been missing so many of your beautiful posts…! This eggplant parmesan pasta is such a great idea! When I was in Indonesia I ate pasta with ebi mentaiko in a Japanese restaurant, it was so delicious…! I will try to make it myself too at home, but I doubt that I can find mentaiko here…:(.

  • Sandra August 28, 2011, 11:32 am

    Looking Yummy!

  • Kelly August 28, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Oh my goodness Nami, you did such a great job with this eggplant. It looks positively succulent. Your meat sauce is the perfect accompaniment and I always appreciate your detailed illustrations. Wonderful.

  • Kathleen August 28, 2011, 5:46 pm

    Nami, this look fabulously delicious!

  • Manju August 28, 2011, 8:24 pm

    This looks soo yummy! Sorry I havent been here for a while now, my office computer for some reason thinks your blog is something suspicios and never allows me to open it from there. Just catching up now from home :)

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious August 28, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Oh this looks super good. I love eggplant parm!

  • Val August 28, 2011, 11:47 pm

    Brilliant idea of combining the eggplant parmesan with meat. It’s like the best of both worlds!

  • Firefly August 29, 2011, 7:50 am

    Yum Yum :) I love eggplant parmesan, I didn’t make it in ages and I miss it now that I saw your post. It looks beautiful!

  • Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen August 29, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I’m such a fan of deconstructed pasta dishes….you’ve inspired me to make one of my own!

  • My Inner Chick August 30, 2011, 8:20 am

    —Can I come to your house for dinner, please?
    This looks incredible. I adore eggplant & have ordered this before in restaurants…but this looks BETTER :)

  • marla September 3, 2011, 6:20 am

    Loving this eggplant parmesan girl! I would love if you added this and any other links to my “Happy Post” today. http://su.pr/1bZ8fp

    • Nami September 3, 2011, 8:57 am

      Done – thank you Marla!

  • PolaM September 7, 2011, 7:58 pm

    What a neat use of eggplants! It looks so appetizing!

  • Classic Short UGGS October 16, 2011, 8:22 pm

    Are we going to send a federal marshall to Iraq to arrest the accused? Why don’t we send Holder over to get the guy?

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