Recipe Box, Eggplant Parmigiana, Sausage & Pesto Pizza

I’ve had the idea for this pizza rolling around in my head for a while


Italian marinara sauce, thick with sausage, freshly baked eggplant parmigiana slices, and fresh mozzarella a top a basil Parmesan crust  😋


Seriously good!


Incredibly easy…


Peel and slice eggplant, salt and drain on paper towels.  Dip slices in egg and Parmesan and bake for 20 minutes


While eggplant is baking, brown sausage, drain and add marinara and seasonings and simmer

Bake crust for 10 minutes


Spread pesto in an even layer over crust and top with a layer of Parmesan.  Add marinara in dollops on top of cheese and use the back of a spoon to gently spread out into an even layer


Arrange baked eggplant slices on top of the marinara sauce and add mozzarella pieces.  Top with some additional small dollops of marinara and bake


You won’t believe the aromas that fill your kitchen  💨


Eggplant Parmigiana, Sausage & Pesto Pizza

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian


  • 1 pizza crust raw or prepared {I used Pillsbury thin crust dough in a can}
  • 3 cups marinara sauce jarred or homemade
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 lb sausage breakfast or Italian
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • kosher salt
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 3/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil for garnishing


  • Peel eggplant and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Place on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let sit 10 minutes, turn over and let sit a few more minutes. Put egg and finely grated Parmesan into small bowls. Dip slices in egg and then finely grated parmesan to cover both sides. Lay slices on a oiled foil lined baking sheet. Spritz slices with a spray of olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes, or until soft and golden.
  • Brown sausage in large saucepan. Remove and drain well on paper towels and wipe out pan. Return sausage to pan and stir in garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add marinara, sugar and Italian seasoning. Let sauce simmer for at least 15 minutes or several hours to blend flavors.
  • Bake crust until almost done according to package directions. Spread baked crust with basil pesto. Top pesto with a layer of shaved Parmesan. Top with a layer of marinara sauce by putting dollops of sauce in different spots and then use the back of a spoon to spread it out. Arrange baked eggplant on top of marinara. Tear or cut mozzarella into pieces and arrange evenly on pizza. Add a few more small dollops of marinara sauce. Bake pizza at 400 for 10-12 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted.
Keyword bacon and bleu cheese flatbread, bacon and Brussels sprout pizza, eggplant, Eggplant Parmesan, vegetable pizza

Next time you’re in the mood for something Italian, try this…you can eliminate the sausage and keep it vegetarian too



Pizza is one of my favorite things to make.  I have a Pinterest board here where you can see all the different combinations that have appeared on the Painted Apron.  Pizzas are a great way to reinvent leftovers!

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17 Responses to “Recipe Box, Eggplant Parmigiana, Sausage & Pesto Pizza”
  1. Jodi says:

    Oh yummmmmm! I would eat this right now for breakfast. What a genius pizza !

  2. Jenna, I love pizza, but pizza with eggplant, sausage, and pesto has to be amazing. You come up with the best recipes! Happy Wednesday!

  3. Emily says:

    Eggplant is one of my favorites veggies to cook, especially eggplant parmigiana. I like this version, it’s a little different from the usual casserole so I will have to try it! Great recipe……..

  4. Ellen says:

    This looks seriously incredible! I saved it of course.

  5. I can only imagine the aroma of this pie baking! This looks soooo good and I’m starving!

  6. I love pizza and this pizza looks amazing!!!

  7. Mmm, this sounds wonderful! We love veggies galore on pizza and adding eggplant is a great idea. You are so creative! I love seeing what you’ve been up to. 🙂

  8. Oh this looks so delicious. Being half Italian with an Italian mother, she made many dishes using eggplant. How yummy on pizza with veggies. Thanks for sharing and also for stopping by my blog to visit the Texas fall blog tour. So enjoyed my visit here to your lovely and creative blog.
    Happy Fall!

  9. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    I need to hang on to this recipe. Husband loves eggplant and my #1 thing to do with it is fry it!

  10. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    My husband loves Eggplant and I will sure have to make this awesome pizza for him! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  11. Summer Daisy says:

    Nice to see such a lovely recipe with eggplant ♥

  12. lulu says:

    Eggplant parmigiana is one of my favorite dishes, but I never thought about it as a pizza. Next pizza will be this one for sure.

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