This recipe for Alison Roman’s Aubergine Parmigiana was in her newsletter from a week ago. So it is hot off the press in a way as it did not take me long to try it out and share it on here. It is a delicious and comforting dish and I think definitely worth making.

Aubergine Parmigiana

Alison Roman's Aubergine Parmigiana

I really liked the crispy crust that the panko crumbs form on top of the dish. Alison’s recipe had a layer of the panko in the middle of the dish but I don’t think it is necessary at all. However, I do think the anchovies is a must in the tomato sauce. It adds a rich saltiness which works great with the tomatoes and aubergine. It is such a love it or hate it ingredient but I suggest you give it a go.

The Aubergine Parmigiana is easy to make. Pop the aubergine slices in the oven to roast while making the tomato sauce. Then a quick assemble of the layers and the dish bakes in the oven for about 20 minutes.

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  • 2 - 3 aubergines sliced in 1cm thick slices
  • 120 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves mashed
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes more to taste
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 1 x 410g tin crushed tomatoes
  • 1 x 410g tin tomato puree
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 120 g mozzarella cheese thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons capers coarsely chopped
  • 10 g coarsely chopped parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
  • Drizzle the aubergine slices with about half the olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  • Roast for about 30 minutes, turning the slices halfway through the cooking time, until soft and a dark brown colour
  • Heat two tablespoons of olive oil over a medium heat
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes stirring every now and then until the onions and garlic are tender and starting to brown
  • Add the chili flakes and anchovies, stir, and let it melt into the onions
  • Add the tomatoes and puree, season well with sea salt, black pepper and sugar
  • Let it simmer for about 30 minutes until the sauce has reduced
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a pan and add the breadcrumbs
  • Stir to coat in the oil and then toast, tossing frequently for about 5 minutes
  • Assemble :
  • Spoon about half of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking dish
  • Top with half the aubergine slices, half the parmesan, half the parsley and the capers
  • Then top with half the mozzarella slices
  • Top with the rest of the tomato sauce, aubergine slices and mozzarella
  • End with the parmesan and bread crumbs
  • Place in the oven for 20 minutes until everything is bubbling around the edges
  • Serve with the rest of the parsley scattered on top

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