Easy Eggplant Parmigiana Casserole Recipe

Authentic Italian Recipes from Nonna Box

Eggplant parmigiana is a classic dish that almost everyone has tried once or twice. It is a delicious, meat-free dinner option with a long history rooted in Italian culture.

While you may think that eggplant parmigiana seems like a complicated dish, but it is quite simple.

We?ll share with you a beautiful, easy and very tasty eggplant parmigiana recipe that you can make any time right from your own home. It will be like having a piece of Italy baking in your oven!

History of Eggplant Parmigiana

The origins and history of eggplant parmigiana are quite interesting. In fact, there is a widely known dispute over how the dish even got its name.

Eggplant parmigiana is a classic dish of southern Italy and is mostly associated with the cooking style of Naples.

However, it can easily be found in Calabria and Sicily as well. If you are wondering what eggplant…

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Authentic Italian Pasta Carbonara Recipe – The Roman Traditional Dish

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We all know Italians are famous for their pasta dishes. From spaghetti to gnocchi, from marinara sauce to Bolognese sauce, Italians know how to make pasta! One of the most widely known and loved Italian pasta recipes is Carbonara.

It may be surprising but Carbonara is actually a rather recent Italian dish that has spread quickly in popularity. Simple to prepare and delicious to eat, everyone should have an easy pasta Carbonara recipe in their cookbook.

History of Carbonara

It is hard to date back the exact origin of pasta Carbonara recipe. However, there are several theories on where and how Carbonara was first created and how got its name. Consisting of egg, hard cheese, pancetta, pepper and pasta, Carbonara may have an elusive history but the ingredients are almost always the same.

Alla carbonara means “coal workers style’ and it is thought that this hearty dish was a…

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Penne alla Vodka

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One of the most popular Italian dishes of the 1980s is coming back with a vengeance. Popular at all times of the year, it is especially enjoyed in the Winter; the rich creaminess warms you up, and the bright tomato flavors help you think of Spring.

Although it is a fairly simple dish, Penne alla Vodka has an interesting history and can be found in restaurants all over the United States and Italy. But why bother going out, it?s easy to make it at home!

Who came up with putting vodka in pasta?

As mentioned, the history of Penne alla Vodka is an interesting one. It first showed up on the culinary map in the late 1970s and exploded in popularity in the 1980s, becoming one of the modern classic pasta dishes. But who though to add vodka to tomato sauce, let alone adding cream (a big no-no in…

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Spaghetti alle Vongole Recipe

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What in the world is Spaghetti alle Vongole? It turns out, it is a delicious pasta dish made with clams, and it is a part of traditional Neapolitan cuisine.

There are loads of Neapolitan dishes that are based around fresh seafood, but some stand out amongst the others. Spaghetti alle Vongole (Spaghetti with Clams) is one of these and has found international favor for very good reasons.

What type of clams do you use?

In Italy, you usually use fresh ?vongole verace? or Mediterranean Wedge shell clams; these are tiny clams about the size of a thumbnail to a quarter. These types of clams aren?t as readily available elsewhere, so any small clam is a good option for substitution.

Small cherrystone clams and littleneck clams are great options that are fairly easily found in much of the United States (and work very well in our experience).

Seafood pasta with clams Spaghetti alle Vongole on white wooden background

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Stir-Fried Pork Udon

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To me, there is nothing better than an Asian fusion dish, especially with two of my favorites: Japanese udon noodles and Chinese cabbage aka bok choy. Instead of ordering takeout, try this delicious recipe and I promise you will not regret it. This recipe was inspired by bon appetit.

The skillet when all the ingredients are added

A bowl full of udon!

Stir-Fried Pork Udon

Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

3 small heads of bok choy, cut finely and separated into leaves and stem

14-ounces of instant udon noodles

2 tsp toasted sesame oil

8 ounces ground pork

5 scallions, white parts coarsely chopped, dark-green parts sliced

2 tsp grated ginger

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/3 cup mirin

1/3 cup soy sauce

How to Make It

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over…

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America’s Culinary Food Stories-Brooklyn Street Bread

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America is a melting pot that was formed by the hard-working people who migrated here from lands as far east as China and Japan and as far north as Russia and Europe. They utilized American supplies and prepared them in ways that they had prepared them in their homeland.
True American food is a collection of these culinary traditions passed down from generation to generation. Each culture brought their cooking methods, food, and spices to America. They farmed the soil, hunted game, and incorporated their ways into the food of America. This new series will be about what they cooked.

Brooklyn’s Lard Bread or Prosciutto Bread or Prosciutto Cheese Bread

There’s a bread that can be found at most Italian deli’s in New York City – it used to be called Lard Bread but now is referred to as Prosciutto Bread The lard bread story is not clear if you…

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Ischia-Style Rabbit


I love rabbit dishes and I was thrilled to discover this lovely recipe when visiting the beautiful island of Ischia. It’s a, if not the, signature dish of the island’s cuisine, and fresh tomatoes and basil give it a distinctively Italian touch.

For a larger portion, you can use a whole rabbit (jointed into 6-8 pieces). For a smaller portion, I prefer using just the legs.

Roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables make an excellent side.


Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2rabbit legs
  • freshly ground pepper, salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, whole and slightly pressed down (e.g. using the flat side of the blade of a large kitchen knife)
  • 150 grams ofsmall whole shallots or pearl onions, peeled
  • 1red chili, cut in half lengthways, seeds and membrane remove and sliced
  • 250 ml of white wine
  • 400 ml of vegetable stock
  • 200 grams ofgrape tomatoes, whole
  • 1 fresh bay…

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