Eggplant-Beef Pasta Bake

Eggplant-Beef Pasta Bake
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
7 cups


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 cup peeled (if desired) and chopped eggplant

  • 8 ounce extra-lean ground beef

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 14.5 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 8 ounce dried multigrain penne pasta

  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)


  1. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add eggplant; cook until tender, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet. Add ground beef, onion, and garlic to skillet. Cook until meat is brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Stir in eggplant, tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper. Spread mixture in a shallow baking pan to cool quickly.

  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Stir pasta into meat mixture.

  3. Line a 2-quart baking dish or 8x8x1 3/4-inch square disposable foil pan with a triple layer of plastic wrap, extending the wrap to one side so there is enough to cover when folded back over dish. Transfer meat mixture to the prepared baking dish. Fold plastic wrap over food, then wrap dish completely in foil. Freeze for up to 4 months

  4. To serve, remove foil from baking dish. Lift frozen food out of dish and remove plastic wrap; return food to dish. Cover with foil and thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake, covered, about 75 minutes or until heated though (165°F), stirring mixture once halfway through baking. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 10.1mg 51%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 405mg 9%
Folate, total 128.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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