Eggplant Marinara
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes*
Prep Time: 10 minutes*
Cook Time: 20 minutes
A twist on marinara sauce - perfect for when you find eggplants on sale! Could be served on pasta or with bread.

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - large eggplant(s)
  • 1 - tsp salt
  • 1 - Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 - tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 - tsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 28 oz. can(s) crushed tomatoes
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Side: - box(es) spaghetti noodles**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Place the diced eggplant into a colander in the kitchen sink and sprinkle 1 tsp salt over liberally. *Let sit for 30 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
  2. Cook pasta as directed.
  3. In large skillet, add the olive oil and saute the rinsed eggplant with the Italian seasoning, minced onion and garlic powder for 5 to 7 minutes. Deglaze the skillet with 1/4 cup of water, then stir in the crushed tomatoes. Let simmer for 5 minutes to allow flavors to mingle.
  4. Prepare veggies.
  5. Serve Eggplant Marinara over pasta with veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Dice 2 eggplants and place in colander. Add 2 tsp salt and let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the salted & rinsed eggplant pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the skillet for reheating.

Special notes

Substitute the eggplant for 2 shredded zucchinis or 4 shredded carrots, if you want alternative veggies for the sauce.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Eggplant Marinara

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and add contents of baggie to skillet. Bring to bubbling over medium high heat and then reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until eggplant is softened.
Serve over pasta with veggies.

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