This Cheesy Aubergine Parmigiana Is The Ultimate Vegan Comfort Food

If you're on the hunt for a quick and easy vegan Italian recipe, look no further...


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A dairy-free and vegan Parmigiana from plant-based London restaurant Plant Club Parmigiana is a classic Italian dish, and it can easily be made to a vegan recipe - Media Credit: Plant Club

If you’re planning a plant-based dinner party, date night, or just an evening in alone, Italian food is always a good bet. Vegan Italian recipes are easier than ever to come by, due in part to the rising popularity and prevalence of dairy-free cheese. This vegan aubergine parmigiana recipe requires minimal ingredients, and it’s easy to make.

Aubergine parmiagiana traditionally refers to a vegetarian bake containing cheese, tomato sauce, and aubergine. This recipe has been veganized, however, and features dairy-free mozzarella. Originating in Italy (though the exact location isn’t known), parmiagiana can be found in Italian restaurants throughout the world.

This vegan recipe comes from chef Antonio Alderuccio, the founder and chef-patron of Plant Club in Stoke Newington, London. The eatery has amassed something of a cult following among vegans, known for its high quality gluten-free Italian food and realistic alternatives to dairy-heavy dishes like gnocci cacio e pepe and burrata.

This plant-based aubergine parmigiana recipe requires just a few ingredients, the majority of which you may already have in your cupboard or fridge. Here’s everything you need to know about how to make it.

Vegan aubergine parmigiana recipe

This vegan parmigiana recipe uses dairy-free cheese to create a realistic alternative to the traditional vegetarian dish
A dairy-free and vegan Parmigiana from plant-based London restaurant Plant Club
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  • 2 medium-sized eggplants
  • 400 g canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 300 g vegan mozzarella cheese (or another vegan cheese of your choice)
  • Fresh basil for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F)
  • Slice the eggplants into thin rounds, sprinkle a little salt on both sides, and let
    them sit for about 30 minutes. This helps to remove any bitterness from the
    eggplants. After 30 minutes, rinse the eggplant slices and pat them dry with a kitchen
  • In a pan, heat some olive oil and sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic until
    they become golden brown. Add the canned crushed tomatoes and dried oregano,
    then simmer the sauce over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until it
    thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • In a non-stick skillet, cook the eggplant slices on both sides until they are tender
    and slightly golden. Add more olive oil if needed
  • In a baking dish, spread a little tomato sauce on the bottom. Layer with eggplant
    slices, followed by a layer of vegan mozzarella cheese. Repeat until you've used all
    the ingredients, finishing with a final layer of tomato sauce and vegan mozzarella
  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 30-40 minutes. Then,
    uncover and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the eggplant parmigiana is
    golden and bubbling
  • Let it rest for a few minutes before serving, garnishing with fresh basil
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