Low-FODMAP Slow-Cooker Eggplant Parmesan; Gluten-free, Vegetarian

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Low-FODMAP Slow- Cooker Eggplant (Aubergine) Parmesan is easy to make, healthy and delicious.  The layers of eggplant are perfectly complemented by the low-FODMAP Marinara, cheese and infused oils.  One of my favorite meals, made even simpler!

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Low-FODMAP Slow-Cooker Eggplant Parmesan; Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 min, plus 30 min to dry eggplant

Cook time: 4 hours on high, 6-8 hours on low (since slow cookers vary, you may need to increase or decrease the time)

Total time: 40 min plus 4-8 hours slow-cooker time

Equipment: 5-6 qt slow cooker


  • 2 small/medium eggplants (aubergine), sliced into 1/2″ coins
    • Will yield about 6 cups (450 g)
    • 1 cup (75 g) eggplant is one low-FODMAP serving
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup gluten-free low-FODMAP bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp low-FODMAP Happy Spices Italian seasoning
    • Can also substitute ½ tsp rosemary, ½ tsp thyme and ½ tsp oregano for a similar flavor
  • 3 tsps garlic infused olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups prepared low-FODMAP Marinara sauce; divided
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded; divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt (plus sprinkling over eggplant to dry)
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh basil, for garnish


  • To ensure the eggplant is not too soggy, it will need to be dried out.  I don’t recommend skipping this step:
    • Lay eggplant coins on paper towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle each piece with salt
    • Let sit for 30 minutes and pat dry
  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs
  • In second medium bowl, combine low-FODMAP bread crumbs, and low-FODMAP Happy Spices Italian seasoning with salt and pepper
  • Dip each piece of eggplant in egg mixture then dredge in low-FODMAP bread crumbs
  • Lay 1/2 cup Marinara sauce in bottom of slow cooker and place an even layer of eggplant slices over top
  • Drizzle with 1 tsp infused oil, 1/2 cup Marinara sauce and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella
  • Repeat layers 2 more times, then layer the top with last 1/2 cup of Marinara Sauce and mozzarella
    • You will have 3 eggplant layers total
  • Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 6-8 hours until eggplant is cooked through
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with basil prior to serving

Comments Rating 5 (4 reviews)

16 Responses

  1. YES,

    Made this tonight and it was EXCELLENT! I followed the recipe exactly as written. Thanks for another great Low FODMAP meal.

    1. Cathy,
      We can’t say for sure if your product is low-FODMAP or not without the entire ingredient list. However, they would be a great option for the eggplant parmesan if they are! Good luck 🙂

    1. Hi Ann,
      Thanks for the question!
      We have not tried this, but this link suggests that you can do it a similar way with success. In a Dutch Oven, or large oven safe casserole, bake the meal for 6-8 hours at 200, or 4-6 hours at 250 F.
      Let us know if you try it!

  2. Great Recipe!!

    This is the best meal I have eaten since starting low fodmap. I didn’t have any GF bread crumbs so I crushed GF pretzels (run through the food processor) and it worked well. I love eggplant parm and this really satisfied my craving. I will be making this again! Thank you!

    1. Christy!
      Amazing hearing from you!!
      So glad you enjoyed the recipe and love your modification. We hope you will enjoy many more of the recipes on our blog.
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  3. Sorry – but this recipe was freaking awesome. My husband and I ate the entire thing in one sitting. I used eggplants from my garden (fairy tales) and Fody sauce. So easy to make and even easier to eat. Thank You!

    1. Hi Terry,
      You made our day! No need to be sorry 🙂
      If you could leave a ‘star rating’ in future reviews that would help others find us too.
      Please stay in touch and have a great day!!

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