This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

One of the most difficult fantasies for me to give up when we bought our house was having a garden. After six years of living in an apartment, I had romantic visions of planting my own vegetables, harvesting them with care, and using them to make beautiful summer recipes like today’s Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake with Garlic and Parmesan.

Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake with Eggplant Garlic and Parmesan. A gorgeous and easy way to use up extra summer veggies! {healthy, low carb, gluten free} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

My produce dreams were circumvented by flora and fawna.

Our lot is filled with sweeping oak and maple trees which, while pretty, make the yard too shady to support even the hardiest of plants.

The only place that receives any direct sunlight is our driveway.

Even if Ben did sign off on replacing the concrete with rows of homegrown tomatoes and zucchini, the friendly pack of neighborhood deer, who like to help themselves to everything above ground, would eat them for lunch.

In some ways, the lack of sun and hungry neighborhood wildlife are a bit of a relief.

As much as I romanticize gardening, I know it is a labor of love and that (much like of the rest of our yard) there would be many weeks where I would neglect it for the chance to spend time with friends or at the lake.

Turn extra summer veggies into this easy, gorgeous Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake with Garlic and Parmesan. One of our favorite summer side dishes! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Not having a garden of my own to tend also gives me the opportunity to rely on (and support!) the hardworking local farmers who already grow a gorgeous array of summer treasures like the fresh eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes in today’s recipe.

Healthy Zucchini Tomato Casserole with Garlic and Parmesan. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

About This Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake

Every summer, zucchini and tomatoes have the run of our refrigerator, a problem that you wouldn’t suspect someone with a garden-free yard to have.

Every time I walk into the grocery store, I can’t seem to prevent myself from tossing a few extra into my cart “just in case.” Guess I’ll have to make this Zucchini Pasta too!

Today’s recipe came about on a summer night a few years ago, when I was in a rush to make dinner and frustrated by the self-inflicted zucchini supply usurping every surface in our kitchen.

I decided to simply chop all of the vegetables dominating our fridge, coat them in a reliable trio of olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan, and bake them together to see what happened.

Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake is a gorgeous and easy summer side filled with Italian flavor. A great way to bake eggplant or zucchini! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Forty-five minutes later, this Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake emerged in a cacophony of colorful glory, and my home was perfumed with the aroma of an Italian grandmother’s kitchen.

As I breathed in its rich, garlicky scent and gazed at the rainbow of veggies in the dish, I marveled at the wonderful fact that a recipe can be so astonishingly simple and breathtakingly beautiful at the same time.

If your buying habits are anything like mine, I see a lot of zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes in your near future too.

This recipe, along with other favorite zucchini side dishes like this Roasted Zucchini are a great way to use up your summer produce supply.

Easy CHEESY Zucchini Bake with Tomato, Eggplant, Garlic, and Parmesan. The best way to use up extra garden veggies! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Two final recipe notes:

  • ONE: this Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake makes a striking impression in more ways than one. In addition to its stunning array of colors and aroma, the garlic flavor is not shy. I’d suggest avoiding in on a first date…unless, of course, you are looking to circumvent the first kiss or wish to live dangerously, in which case, bon appétit.
  • TWO: As the summer goes on and eggplant becomes larger and more mature, its taste can be a little bitter. To avoid this, before making the recipe, slice and salt the eggplant, let it rest for 10 minutes, then pat it dry with paper towels.

How to Store, Reheat, and Freeze This Recipe

  • To Store. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Reheat gently in a large skillet over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. I have not tried freezing this recipe, but I think it would work fine if you don’t mind the veggies being on the slightly mushier side (this tends to happen to tomatoes and zucchini when they freeze). Bake the recipe as directed, let cool completely, then freeze tightly wrapped for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat gently in the oven or microwave. The veggies will lose some texture and might be a little overly soft, but they should still be tasty.
Garlic Parmesan Tomato Zucchini Bake. A simple, beautiful summer side dish. Just ONE bowl! Healthy, low carb, gluten free, and perfect for extra summer veggies. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

More Delicious Veggie Sides

Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake with Garlic and Parmesan

4.70 from 149 votes
Tomato Eggplant Zucchini Bake with Garlic and Parmesan. A gorgeous and easy way to use up extra summer veggies!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium zucchini about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1 small/medium eggplant about 3/4 pound—see notes if your eggplant is large
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese divided (about 2 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a deep 9×9-inch baking dish or similar 3 1/2-quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  • Quarter the zucchini then cut into 1/2-inch slices and place in a large mixing bowl (each piece of zucchini should be roughly 1/2 to 3/4 inches in size). Next, slice the eggplant into 1/4-inch rounds, then stack the rounds and cut into roughly 3/4-inch pieces. Add to the bowl with the zucchini. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add them to the bowl. Drizzle the cut vegetables with the olive oil, then add the garlic, salt, pepper, 1/3 cup of the Parmesan cheese, and half of the basil and parsley. Toss gently to combine.
  • Transfer the vegetables to the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes, cover the pan with aluminum foil, then continue baking for 10 to 20 additional minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese, basil, and parsley. Serve warm.

Video

Notes

  • Larger, more mature summer eggplant can have a slightly bitter taste. If you’d like to avoid this (or find eggplant a bit bitter in general), salt the eggplant first, which helps mellow its flavor. Before starting the recipe, cut the eggplant into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Spread the slices on paper towels, then lightly sprinkle them with salt. Let sit 10 minutes. Pat the slices dry with additional paper towels, then proceed with the recipe as directed.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave.
  • I have not tried freezing this recipe, but I think it would work fine if you don’t mind the veggies being on the slightly mushier side (this tends to happen to tomatoes and zucchini when they freeze). Bake the recipe as directed, let cool completely, then freeze tightly wrapped for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat gently in the oven or microwave. The veggies will lose some texture and might be a little overly soft, but they should still be tasty.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6)Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 9gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 225mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3g

Join today and start saving your favorite recipes

Create an account to easily save your favorite recipes and access FREE meal plans.

Sign Me Up

Did you try this recipe?

I want to see!

Follow @wellplated on Instagram, snap a photo, and tag it #wellplated. I love to know what you are making!

Share this Article

Pin

You May Also Like

Free Email Series
Sign Up for FREE Weekly Meal Plans
Each includes a grocery list, budget, and 5 healthy dinners, helping you save time, save money, and live better!

Erin Clarke

Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

Learn more about Erin

Leave a Comment

Did you make this recipe?

Don't forget to leave a review!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




242 Comments

Leave a comment

  1. Really enjoyed this! I am plant based so substituted the cheese for Nuturitional Yeast and didn’t miss the cheese at all!! It made the Whisk score a 9.9 out of 10 as well only being a 20 on glycemic index and a 3 on glycemic load and that’s with changing it from 6 to 4 servings. It was super low on calories, though, overall, so I cooked up some wheat berries and ate it with that rounding out a full meal instead of a side dish. I will definitely be making this in the future.5 stars

  2. We always seem to have more zucchini and eggplant than the two of us can use no matter how few plants we have. This will be our go to side recipe from now on, we had it with meatloaf and roast veggies for lunch today and it was so delicious. Had cherry tomatoes and basil and parsley in the garden as well.5 stars

  3. Eggplant was not properly cooked after 25min open baking followed by 20min baking under foil. I increased temperature to 375 and baked for another 10min under foil. Zucchini was well cooked but eggplant was still somewhat undercooked.3 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe, MG. I know it can be so disappointing to try a new recipe and it does not turn out for you. It has worked well for myself (and others) and I wished it would have been a hit for you too.

    1. Hi Lori! While I haven’t tried it myself, I think it could work if there wasn’t eggplant in it. I am not sure how well the eggplant would hold up sitting overnight. Hope this helps!

  4. Delicious! I did slice up 5 apple chicken sausage links and added it to the whole mix. Easy one dish meal.5 stars

    1. Hi Elise! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review and feedback on adding the sausage!

  5. Love this recipe. Used fresh veggies from my garden Delish. My husband raved about it.
    I substituted fresh onion for powdered, added extra fresh garlic. And added a small hot pepper for a little heat. Lastly, the dish was finished off with panko and parmesan under a high h eat to give it a crisp finish. Thank you again! Making another batch tonight.

    Oh, last time I had some left over veggies. So made an appetizer. Plain cracker with a light smear of cream cheese topped with the veggies. Yum!5 stars

  6. Not nearly enough tomatoes. Tasted like each individual vegetable – just warmed up. Won’t be making this one again.2 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear the recipe wasn’t to your taste, Sucha. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not enjoy it. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed it, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too!

  7. Loved this recipe, and it will be easy to adapt based on how much of what is in the fridge! I prepped and did the first stage of baking, cooled it and finished baking it at a potluck the next day. It was excellent.4 stars

Load More Comments