Eggplant Parmesan Bite Pasta Bowls Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 Italian Eggplant, cut into 1/2" cubes (or use 1/2 of a large American eggplant)
  • 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Egg, preferrably organic, pastured
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Thyme
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 10 ounces Whole Wheat Penne, organic
  • 1 small Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium Orange Bell Pepper, thinly sliced (or yellow bell pepper)
  • 1 1/2 cups Marinara Sauce, organic
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil, or parsley, chopped (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Arrange breading station: place flour on one large plate or platter. Place egg in a large mixing bowl and whisk with a fork. Place panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme in a separate mixing bowl or platter, and stir until well combined.
  3. Use hands to toss diced eggplant, all in one batch, through flour until every piece is lightly coated with flour.
  4. Transfer eggplant bites to mixing bowl containing egg. Use a large slotted spoon to carefully mix eggplant with egg, until every piece is lightly coated with egg.
  5. Use slotted spoon to transfer diced eggplant to breadcrumb mixture. Use hands to toss eggplant through breadcrumbs until every piece is well coated.
  6. Transfer breaded eggplant to a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread out the pieces so that no two are overlapping. Wash hands.
  7. Season eggplant bites thoroughly with salt and pepper. Measure two tablespoons of olive oil and carefully pour over eggplant, ensuring each piece is lightly coated with oil.
  8. Cook for about 17-20 minutes, or until eggplant bites are golden-brown and crispy.
  9. Meanwhile, as eggplant is cooking, boil a large pot of water. Salt the water and add penne pasta. Cook about 7-8 minutes, or until just al dente, and drain.
  10. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add jarred marinara, stir until well combined, and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  11. Transfer penne, veggie marinara, parmesan bites, and 2/3 cup parmesan to a large mixing bowl. Carefully stir until combined. Transfer pasta to serving bowls and top with remaining parmesan. Add chopped basil or parsley (optional), and serve.


Cooking Method:
Healthy Comfort Food
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Author: Jennifer W.
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 89
Calories 399

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 496mg
Total Carbohydrate 57g
  Dietary Fiber 6g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 18g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jennifer W.

About Jennifer

Jen is a lifelong lover of fresh, healthy eating. She shares this love on The Scrumptious Pumpkin. Here on Food Fanatic, she's sharing her best Healthy Comfort Food.