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Baked eggplants with bolognese sauce

lasagna, bolognese


240g minced meat/ beef (If you are a non meat eater, substitute with fresh mushrooms)
60g fresh mushrooms – chopped (If you don’t have mushrooms, substitute with meat/ beef)
1 medium size onion – minced
2 cloves garlic – chopped
1 tin diced tomato (412g)
1 tsp dried basil leaves or mixed Italian dried herbs

2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp sugar
2 pieces of bay leaves (optional)
200 ml stock – I used 7g Maggi chicken concentrated stock with 200ml water
Dash of ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
Cornstarch solution for thickening (mix 1 tsp corn flour with 1 tbsp water)


  1. Heat up a saucepan with oil.
  2. Sauté onion, garlic and dried basil until fragrant and onion become translucent.
  3. Add in minced meat/ beef and stir-fry until it is cooked.
  4. Add in chopped mushrooms and stir-fry until the mushrooms turn soft.
  5. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato ketchup, stock and bay leaves and stir well. Bring to a boil and simmer under low heat for 30 minutes. The last 10 minutes, simmer with lid half cover.
  6. Stir occasionally to prevent it from catching the bottom of the pot.
  7. Add in sugar, black pepper and salt. Thicken with cornstarch solution.


  1. This sauce can be used for pasta and pizza. For any leftover, you can freeze it for later usage.
  2. If you want to speed up the preparation process, you can cook it in advance.

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Ellena, Lai Kuan. Lai Kuan said: Baked eggplants with bolognese sauce ….Totally delicious! […]

  2. Joanne says:

    I think maybe even my picky family would eat this! I’m pretty sure they would eat anything when it’s covered in cheese. And well. So would I!

  3. Chef Dennis says:

    now that looks positively delicious!!
    thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Quinn says:

    This one sounds like a Greek dish, moussaka!

  5. lingzie says:

    yummy! what an interesting way to prepare eggplant! thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. A very yummy recipe! Always like cheesy bakes, this one is perfect for me.

  7. mycookinghut says:

    Fantastic looking eggplants with bolognese sauce! I have to admit that most of the time I don’t know what I should do with eggplants so I seldom buy them. Now, after seeing what you made, it gives me another idea!

    • food-4tots says:

      Lee Mei (MCH): Yes, maybe we are too used to our Chinese style cooking and have neglected that eggplant can be cooked in many interesting ways. Do give it a try if you like cheesy bakes. 😉

  8. Alice says:

    😀 You definately heard me! I faced the same problem with my son too. He is very choosy when comes to vegetables, especially eggplant. Looks like I need to make this very soon! Thanks! 🙂

  9. Gwen says:

    This sounds and looks perfect! Eggplant is my favorite vegetable so I would not give up trying to get my 4 kids to love it! You are right, trying several times in different ways really works with kids. Not being to pushy also helps. My pickiest eater only recently declared that he changed his mind and now loves eggplant!!!Yay!

  10. This looks yummy. I will have to try it with my 1 1/2 year old son!

  11. Little Inbox says:

    Not only kids, I bet adult love it too! I must try this!

  12. I must try this recipe. Eggplant with bolognese sauce would be a great combo!

  13. Sook says:

    Wow! This looks good! I am not a big fan of eggplants but I can totally see myself eating this! I just went and bought an eggplant because my husband likes it and I decided that I should try it in a different way to see if I like it. I will bookmark this recipe. Thank you!

  14. No surprise your hubby and son finished the dish so fast, and great presentation as well.

  15. noobcook says:

    This is something I know I will definitely like! bookmarked to try, thanks for sharing =D

  16. A says:

    In the recipe for bolognese sauce you offer a vegan option. Although your instructions would make the sauce vegan, the cheese in this part of the recipe rules out a vegan dish…so maybe it should just say ‘vegetarian’?

  17. Cheesy eggplants! yum!!

  18. sippitysup says:

    This is totally beautiful, and I am not even a tot! Congrats on Top 9. GREG

  19. Sidney Kan says:

    I just love thtwo combination! awesome taste!

  20. I can see that your food is for toddlers but I think it sounds super delicious and I would love to have your baked eggplants!

  21. What a great idea! It looks appetizing to me.

  22. tigerfish says:

    You may not believe it but I was thinking of cooking eggplant + tomatoes this week. Well, I am not a fan of eggplant and thinking of cooking them with tomatoes to test myself ;p

  23. Ah LK I tried posting last night but your blog was not working!
    This dish looks beautiful, as always, and reminds me of eggplant parmigiana, which I lurve….
    Brilliant way to use extra bolognese sauce which I have in my fridge quite frequently!

  24. Pei-Lin says:

    Yea! I’ve been wanting to cook something Greek! I remember that Pizza Hut commercial I used to see a lot when I was young! Thanks for reminding me and the idea!

    Keep it up! Seriously!

    P.S. Sorry for the absence lately. Been busy. Now I’m down with cold and fever. Sigh …

    • food-4tots says:

      Pei-Lin: Glad you like the idea and thanks for your words of encouragement! Take a good rest and drink plenty of water. Hope you have a speedy recovery! 😉

  25. Annie says:

    My children are well past the toddler phase, but I have just planted eggplant in my garden. With this recipe, maybe someone will enjoy eating them besides me! Thanks! Annie

  26. Annie says:

    That’s what I love about FoodBuzz–seeing what people on the other side of the world are cooking today. I live in Iowa in the middle of the United States, and am fortunate to have space for a large garden. It’s early in the season here, so I won’t have my own eggpplants for another two months.

    • food-4tots says:

      Annie: I totally agreed with you! Foodbuzz is a great platform for me too. Unlike you, space is very limited here so it is very expensive to own a large garden. I’m so envy! It’s great to get close to nature. I hope I can do that when I retire. Still a long way…..! Hahaha! 😉

  27. sweetlife says:

    my girls have just begun enjoying eggplant, i am sure with this dish they will be completly on borad, cheese…who doesn’t like cheese..


  28. pixen says:

    Oh my …j’adore aubergines! Actaully , my family loves them a lot! Love this recipe…yep. Btw, during my absence, your blog improved so much..I’m so happy for you…Now, I’m a little less busy, it’s a breather for me too. I’m going to lurk at your blog… 😀

    I’m going to add you to my Facebook too. Take care and keep it up!

  29. lisa says:

    Delish! My niece would love this dish. I like how you serve them in the smaller dish. Wonderful recipes! Thank you!

  30. Paik Ling says:

    Hi, I’ve been following your blog for quite some time. I find your recipes so easy and yet refreshing. Just wanted to say thanks!!!

  31. Dora says:

    Cool! I like creamy food. 🙂

  32. MaryMoh says:

    Wow…you have made the eggplant dish look very delicious. I would love to have it even if I hate vegetables 😀 I know how hard it is to feed picky kids. We moms just have to be very creative. My daughter is one of them. She is a big girl now but still picky 🙁

    • food-4tots says:

      Mary Moh: Thanks! I strongly believe that kids can be trained if we start early. You still can try for your dd even though it is more challenging now. 😉

  33. Mika says:

    This is perfect for my dinner tomorrow!!!
    My mom cooks the eggplants in the microwave for a lighter version…delicious…

  34. german mommy says:

    jusr found your recipe and it looks great! I cook this very often for my family, found it at a restaurant years ago. I was wondering what does soaking the eggplants in vinegar add to the vegetable, does it help to hold more nutrients or soemthing?? just wondering because I have never done that before. But i’m defintely looking forward to your bolognese sauce:-)

  35. Libby says:

    Where is the break-down of what us in the recipe? (fat, carbs,chol.,etc)

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