Pacchetti di Melanzane

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This is a delicious way to level up your eggplant game! Pacchetti di Melanzane or “Little packages of Eggplant” are grilled or fried eggplant slices stuffed with ham and fontina. Then baked in a quick tomato sauce and drizzled with pesto.

Pacchetti di Melanzane

A delicious way to prepare this summer vegetable!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 2 Eggplant
  • 7 Slices of Ham, cut in half
  • 4 oz Fontina Cheese
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 28 oz can San Marzano Tomatoes, pureed
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • Fresh Basil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for the pan and seasoning the eggplant
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 3 tbsp Pesto


  • Remove most of the skin off the eggplant. I remove every other strip. Then slice the eggplant into 1/8 inch thick slices. I use a mandolin slicer to do this because it is much easier and faster!
  • Salt the slices and let them sit in a colander over a bowl for 30 mins. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Grill the slices and place them into a bowl. Season with very little salt, pepper and fresh minced garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine.
  • Into a saute pan, add olive oil, onion and saute until translucent. Add pureed San Marzano's and season with salt, pepper and fresh basil. Simmer for 20 mins to cook and reduce a bit.
  • Lay out 2 slices of eggplant in a cross formation and place and piece of ham and fontina in the center. Fold one slice over and then the other to form a little package.
  • Into a 9×9 baking dish, add some sauce. Place the eggplant on top. Drizzle more sauce over it and then grate parmigiano reggiano over it. Cover and bake at 400℉ for 15mins or until the cheese has melted.
  • Drizzle with pesto right before serving. Enjoy!
Keyword eggplant, pacchetti di melanzane
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