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Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta

Easy, quick and cheesy Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta is made with chunks of eggplant, ricotta, mozzarella, and tomatoes! This penne pasta bake is so delicious and perfect for busy weeknights.

If you love penne pasta as much as I do, you should also try my Balsamic Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Tomatoes or my Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Penne Pasta.


A close up of penne pasta in a white bowl with tomatoes, cheese, eggplant and topped with basil

My Family Loves This Penne Pasta With Eggplant

I have developed a relationship of sorts with this penne pasta recipe. We meet a lot. Especially when my eggplants start to appear in my garden.

I find it kind of odd that I don’t post pasta recipes more often because, believe it or not, I make pasta at least thrice a week. My husband is a huge fan. If he could, he would live on my provencal spaghetti dish. Which reminds me, I need to share that with you. Maybe next week.


There are two things going on right now.

Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta in a white baking dish

There’s a bee in the kitchen and I’m alone with the kids. Also, there’s Coconut Baklava sitting on my kitchen counter. The bee is buzzing all around it. She probably smelled the honey and is after me for consuming the darn thing.

Clearly, I am not going to go and fight the monster. The kids and I are downstairs, sitting in the corner, waiting for the bee to just disappear. HOW that’s going to happen, I dunno. At least I have my laptop with me so I can finish up my post. And Tangled is on repeat.

If you don’t hear from me in two days, send the bee keepers. Or firemen. I’m scurred. For reals. I don’t like being this close to a bee.

What is In This Penne Pasta Bake?

But, here’s what I want you to know about this pasta; It’s pretty amazing.

Why is it amazing?! Because it contains handfuls of shredded mozzarella and a whole tub of rrrricotta. Roll the “r” when you say that – sounds more authentic, ya know. Also, the few cloves of garlic make it that much better. Of course the eggplant. And the basil. And the tomatoes. This can go on forever – I mind as well give you the recipe. 😉

A white bowl filled with penne pasta, tomatoes, cheese and eggplant

I should also add that this recipe makes a lot. If you don’t like leftovers, call the neighbors over for dinner. 🙂

Hope you are having a fantastic Sunday!


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Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta

Katerina | Diethood
Easy, quick and cheesy Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta is made with chunks of eggplant, ricotta, mozzarella, and tomatoes! This penne pasta bake is so delicious and perfect for busy weeknights.
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 box (1-pound) penne pasta
  • butter for baking dish
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 small eggplants , washed and diced into 1-inch cubes.
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1 can (28-ounces) diced tomatoes, do not drain
  • 1 tub (15-ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese , divided
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Cook penne pasta for 6 minutes; drain.
  • While pasta is cooking, butter a 13x9 baking dish; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in diced eggplant, season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook over medium-high heat until tender, about 7 minutes; stirring occasionally
  • Mix in tomatoes and cook until heated through; about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in ricotta and 1 cup shredded mozzarella.
  • Pour pasta into prepared baking dish and mix in the eggplant mixture and basil; mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Serve.


Calories: 198 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 23 mg | Sodium: 234 mg | Potassium: 386 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 265 IU | Vitamin C: 4 mg | Calcium: 310 mg | Iron: 0.5 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: eggplant in pasta, eggplant pasta, eggplant with pasta, pasta with eggplant, penne pasta bake, penne pasta recipes, recipe for penne pasta
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