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Cheesy Eggplant and Marinara Subs
with Italian side salad

Active: 35 Total: 35

Saucy eggplant with melted cheese piled on hoagie rolls is total Italian-inspired comfort food. These require a little extra work, but are worth the effort! We first featured this meal in 2017.



Italian Side Salad:
  • Lettuce, romaine - 2 hearts , chopped (sub butterhead)
  • Tomatoes, roma - 4 , chopped
  • Black olives, sliced (2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Mayonnaise - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
Cheesy Eggplant and Marinara Subs:
  • Eggplants, Chinese or Japanese - 1 lb , sliced (sub Italian eggplant)
  • Garlic - 4 cloves , chopped
  • Cheese, mozzarella - 5 oz , shredded
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Basil, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed tomatoes (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Hoagie rolls - 4 (sub any Italian-style roll)


  1. Eggplant - Slice eggplant (you can peel the eggplant first if you’d like) and set out on sheet pan. Sprinkle on both sides with some salt (this will help to draw out extra moisture) and let sit for 10 minutes.

  2. Lettuce / Tomatoes / Garlic / Cheese - Prep as directed.

  3. Olives - Drain and rinse olives.

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  1. Turn on the oven’s broiler (low setting if possible) and place a rack about 8” / 20 cm beneath the heat source.

  2. Slide the sheet pan with eggplant slices under the broiler. Broil, flipping halfway through cooking, until eggplant is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove eggplant slices from the pan and set aside.

  3. Heat a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic, basil, and oregano (portion for subs) to heated oil. Cook just until fragrant, ~1 minute. Pour crushed tomatoes over top and bring to a simmer.

  4. Remove sauce from heat and season with some salt and pepper.

  5. Slice open hoagie rolls and lay out flat, cut-side up onto the sheet pan used for the eggplant. Broil just until starting to turn golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Divide eggplant slices and sauce between rolls. Top with mozzarella. Return to broiler and continue cooking until cheese is bubbly and melted.

  7. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, and oregano (portion for the salad). Add olive oil while whisking. Top with tomatoes, lettuce, and black olives. Toss to combine.

  8. Serve eggplant subs with salad on the side. Enjoy!



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