Go Back
Healthy Eggplant and Meatball Casserole – easy weeknight dinner

Healthy Eggplant and Meatball Casserole

This Healthy Eggplant and Meatball Casserole is comforting, savory, and easy to make. This is a traditional Turkish dish of baked meatballs with vegetables including eggplants, topped with your favorite tomato sauce or marinara. Perfect for a delicious, healthy weeknight dinner that all your family will love!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 6 people
Calories 372 kcal


  • Ingredients for meatballs:
  • 2 lb 905g lean ground beef, 85% lean
  • 1/3 cup 25g breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium 95g yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • Ingredients for casserole:
  • 4 small 1 ½ lb/600 g eggplants, (preferably Japanese), sliced into 1-inch rounds
  • 1 medium 150g bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium 120g red onion, sliced
  • 2 medium 180g tomatoes
  • 1 cup 240g tomato sauce or marinara
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  • How to Make Meatballs:
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all meatball ingredients. Mix with your hands or use a flat beater of a stand mixer until well combined.
  • Shape into meatballs (about a full ice cream scoop of meat). Set aside.
  • How to Make Casserole:
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Slice the eggplants into 1-inch rounds.
  • To assemble the casserole, in a 9”x13” baking casserole dish, layer the eggplant slices and meatballs in turns. Fill the pepper, onion, and tomato slices in the gaps between the rows. Sprinkle the salt and black pepper.
  • Pour the tomato sauce or marinara over the casserole and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, serve and enjoy!


How Many Calories in Healthy Eggplant and Meatball Casserole
Calories (per 1 serve, 300 g): 372 cal Calories (per 100 g ): 124 cal
Fat: 21.6 g Fat: 7.2 g
Carbohydrates: 18.3 g Carbohydrates: 6.1 g
Protein: 34.8 g Protein: 11.6 g