Melanzane alla Parmigiana
Searching for a great Italian melanzane recipe? This classic melanzane alla parmigiana recipe is one of the greatest of all Tuscan recipes.
A friend of ours, a signora by the name of Elena, let me share this previously secret recipe on my site.
Elena is from Tuscany and she tells me that this recipe has been in her family for many generations.
She learned to cook it from her mamma and nonna when she was little and they learnt it from their mothers and nonnas in turn.
It is so much a family tradition that it has never been written down before now.
I've tried many melanzane/eggplant recipes before, I thought they were great...then I tried this one. WOW!
If you like it too please click like below.
Note: Melanzane is the Italian word - in the UK and Canada this vegetable is called an aubergine while in other countries it is called an eggplant or brinjal.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
6 melanzane (eggplants), sliced lengthways about 6mm thick
salt, to taste
500g tomato sauce (made with peeled tomatoes, an onion, a carrot, stick of celery, basil and a little olive oil)
50g grated Parmigiano Reggiano
a handful of basil leaves, chopped
250g fiordilatte mozzarella
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2) Place the melanzane (eggplants), on a baking tray then brush with olive oil.
3) Place in the oven until soft. Remove.
4) Butter a baking dish then layer the bottom with the melanzane (eggplants). Season with salt.
5) Cover with the tomato sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano, chopped basil and mozzarella. Repeat for at least 3 layers.
6) Cover the last layer of melanzane (eggplants), with only tomato sauce then place a few rounds of mozzarella slices on top.
7) Bake in a 180 degrees celsius oven for 20 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Elena's Tip: This will taste even better the following day so if you can resist eating it immediately refrigerate overnight
Print this recipe...
Melanzane alla Parmigiana
Like us? Why not support me and Maria.
All you need do is book via the search box below, or any of the hotel links elsewhere on the website. It can be for travel to Italy... or anywhere else on earth.
You'll get the best deal available and the income we receive helps us to:
- Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
- Never have to accept money from hotels directly, so that we can share only those we genuinely love.
Dec 13, 18 07:20 AM
Do you like wholesome, traditional Italian farm style cooking? No pretensions here – you’ll just eat well, fairly cheaply and in abundance. Read my Le Marche Italy restaurant review for the lowdown….
Dec 13, 18 06:07 AM
Lake Orta has been an inspiration to poets and writers for centuries and is without doubt the most romantic lake in Italy and one of the most romantic places on earth. Need romance? Visit now!
Dec 13, 18 05:01 AM
Staying in la Morra, Barolo or any of the other nearby le Langhe towns? Lucky you! You can have dinner at Ristorante Bovio, an incredible La Morra restaurant.
Dec 12, 18 09:14 AM
Enjoyed food fights when you were a child? Then get to the Ivrea carnival in Piedmont Italy - you will love this – the mother of all food fights.
Dec 12, 18 08:24 AM
Ever wondered if there are some secret and stunningly beautiful corners of Italy? There are! Let me share Italy's best kept secrets...
Dec 12, 18 06:16 AM
This Walking Tour of Turin covers markets, museums and wonderful cafes and takes in the best of Turin. No better way exists to discover the heart and soul of one of Europe's great cities.