Oven-Baked Eggplant/Zucchini/Tomato Soup

by Mira

An easy way to whip up something nourishing and healthy using only a few ingredients: an eggplant, two zucchinis, two cans of chopped tomatoes, olive oil, and mozzarella.

I read on Yahoo these days that Jada Pinkett Smith considers herself lucky her West Indian grandmother didn’t know how to cook. At 41, Jada looks better than ever and feels that way, too. She says the secret to staying slim and in shape is to exercise and, imagine this, not to eat for pleasure.

She must be a tough cookie, not to eat for pleasure. Still, there are some satisfying dishes which don’t exactly offer pleasure but do work with you to stay healthy and even lose weight. Here’s one of them, extremely easy to make.

Ingredients and Instructions

Ingredients and Instructions

Prep time 15 min  -  Total time 55 min
Ingredients for 6 servings
1 eggplant  • 2 zucchinis  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes, preferably with garlic  • semihard mozzarella (200 grams / 7 oz)  • olive oil (3 tablespoons)



1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C / 425 degrees F.
2. Dice the eggplant and zucchinis. Place in a baking dish. (I used a vitro-ceramic one.) Add the chopped tomatoes and about 3 tablespoons of olive oil and give the whole mix a swirl with a spoon.
3. Slice the mozzarella and lay the slices on top of the vegetable mix, so that it covers it almost completely. Not completely, but almost, so that some of the water, not much, can, in fact, evaporate.
4. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (20 Votes)

Tip(s) when Cooking Eggplant

How to Get Rid of Bitterness in Eggplant

Many people slice the eggplant, salt the slices heavily, leave them to drain, and then squeeze them before dicing them, to get rid of the bitter juices. Some chefs, however, say that if the eggplant is bitter, no amount of salting and squeezing will make it right. Nevertheless, it has become common among cooks to take this precautionary measure.

While I take my chances sometimes and don't salt the eggplant before dicing it, I have to say that I have encountered bitter eggplants and wished I had done the extra step. My mother swears by it, and I have to say I never tasted a bitter eggplant in her dishes. It might be from the salting, but it might also be from another thing she does after that, which is blanching the eggplant for 5 minutes (tip from a chef, she says, and indeed, I have read that blanching, too, can get rid of the bitterness in eggplant).

So you may wish to include these 2 steps in the recipe presented above.

What You'll Get

You’ll get a kind of soup under the mozzarella. The vegetables will still be firm. Remember, the more you cook them, the more vitamins you lose. Also remember that the mozzarella on top makes for a steaming effect – hence the vegetables preserve more of their health benefits.

Enjoy! You’ll end up with quite a few portions, and, while I can’t vouch how this healthy potion will work for you, I can tell you that in the course of eating this dish and others like it (more to come on this Web site), I lost weight.

Well, in case you're wondering, I ate this dish between more consistent meals of pasta with tomatoes/tuna/olive oil, and freshly blended grapefruit and oranges. Grapefruit helps you lower your bad cholesterol, and lose weight.

I found that the lack of sodium and spices was very refreshing, and the eggplant and zucchini, while on the bland side, still appetizing. Also, the little bit of mozzarella and the olive oil gives you enough fat to keep you satisfied, so a bowl of this oven-baked vegetable mix will do nicely as one complete small meal.

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Updated: 09/28/2015, Mira
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Mira on 07/09/2019

I don't think I've seen eggplants out of season. Unlike other veggies and fruit, I think they're mostly Romanian. Very dark purple, darker than some cultivars I've seen online.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/08/2019

Mira, I'm revisiting to add a question I meant to ask on previous visits and revisits. You indicate below that "Eggplants are eagerly awaited here in Romania every summer." Is it that eggplants are imported? Which colors tend to appeal?

Mira on 09/30/2015

Glad you like this recipe! Eggplants are eagerly awaited here in Romania every summer :)

DerdriuMarriner on 09/30/2015

Mira, Thank you for the attractive, fragrant, tasty dish! As someone who enjoys garlic, mozzarella, olive oil, tomato, and zucchini I appreciate the gentle reminders about such things as the extra care in salting, draining, and squeezing the bitterness out of eggplants.

Mira on 05/06/2014

Yes, this is a very tasty oven-baked soup. I tend not to salt those eggplants, and haven't come across very bitter ones -- but still, Mom does it best :)

VioletteRose on 05/06/2014

This is interesting! I love eggplants and tomatoes and I use the combination in my recipes, adding zucchinis to the dish sounds great. I agree with your comment below on salting eggplant slices. I too have heard of that and do it sometimes!

Mira on 12/07/2012

Thank you, Sue!

Mira on 12/07/2012

Hi Sue, and thanks for visiting. One thing if you make this recipe: do keep slices of eggplant with salt for 30 minutes, and then squeeze them of their juices before you dice them. I should have put that in there but I don't always do it. One theory is that if they happen to be bitter, doing that won't help. But my mother does it all the time and their eggplant dishes are fine.

Mira on 12/03/2012

Thank you so much, Hollie! :)

HollieT on 12/03/2012

Oh my, this is another tempting dish. I'm a vegetarian so these meals are really appealing to me. Out of habit I probably would add some onion, but again, Mira, your dishes are really appealing. :)

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