15 Easy Eggplant Recipes

From eggplant parmesan to ratatouille, these are our favorite easy eggplant recipes—and soon to be yours, too.

Sesame-Scallion Noodles

When it comes to easy weeknight dinners, there are few foods more comforting than sesame-scallion noodles from the local Chinese restaurant. This homemade rendition, however, is about to give the takeout spot a run for its money. For starters, with a prep time of 15 minutes, this dish comes together faster than the delivery guy can make it to your house. The method is simple: while your noodles simmer, you'll mix the sesame-ginger sauce in a food processor. Everything comes together at the end when you warm the spaghetti, sauce, and scallions together in a sauté pan and top them with a shower of sesame seeds. Go ahead, toss that takeout menu in the recycling bin.

Pan-Seared Scallops With Melted Leeks

A list of the reasons to cook this simple seafood recipe reads like a brag sheet. The pairing of melted leeks with juicy scallops and a spicy olive relish is elegant and original, and it comes together in just twenty minutes! Not to mention, this dinner is healthful, too. Pair with a crisp white wine like Vermentino or Chablis, and enjoy this restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home. Shopping tip: Castelvetranos are a buttery, green variety of olive that are worth seeking out for their mild, salty flavor. If you can’t find them, Cerignolas are a decent substitute.

Thai Beef Salad

Here’s a healthy and easy salad that you can get done after work (without a pile of dishes, to boot). The steak is extra flavorful thanks to a quick brown-sugar rub, which not only adds a touch of sweetness, it encourages a gorgeous caramelized crust. While the steak rests, you’ll toss together crunchy fresh ingredients like romaine, tomatoes, and cucumber, plus a shower of fragrant mint. This salad encourages customization—add chopped avocado for a creamy element, or grated carrots for extra crunch. If you’re not a meat eater, try tofu or shrimp in place of the steak.

Orange-Glazed Chicken and Coconut Rice

Say hello to your new favorite weeknight dinner: juicy chicken with fragrant rice and some bok choy in there for good (and healthy) measure. It manages to be amazingly flavorful but draws from everyday pantry ingredients. For the glaze, you’ll blend sweet orange marmalade, salty soy sauce, sour rice vinegar, and spicy chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha) to coat each delicious bite of chicken with deliciousness. The coconut rice is so simple to make—you substitute canned coconut milk for water—and steam the rice as you normally would. It’s the kind of ingenious trick that makes a good recipe more than just a set of instructions, but a guide for creativity in the kitchen.

Brown Butter Pasta With Broccoli Rabe

This sophisticated pasta recipe comes together in under 30 minutes, thanks to clever strategy and a short (but intensely flavorful) list of ingredients. First, you’ll build a brown butter sauce that’s studded with sweet golden raisins and briny capers. To that you’ll add quick-blanched broccoli rabe and the pasta until each bite is slicked with a rich and starchy sauce. If you don’t love the slightly bitter taste of broccoli rabe, substitute small broccoli florets. As for the pasta, if you can’t find bucatini—a thick, spaghetti-like noddle that has a tiny tube—substitute linguine or spaghetti.

Green Chile Enchiladas

These hearty vegetarian enchiladas will satisfy even the most resolute meat eater. Each corn tortilla is filled with a cumin-spiced vegetable and bean mixture, which become deeply caramelized and savory after a long sauté. Then, they’re baked in spicy green sauce and a blanket of melty cheese, the resulting dish is generous and full of layered textures and tastes. If you’re not a big fan of heat, substitute mild Hatch chiles instead of hot. Serve with chips and guacamole, a bowl of steamed rice, and light beers.

Spiced Lentil Soup With Walnuts and Cilantro

Simple ingredients, complex flavor—that’s the name of the game with this easy lentil soup, which comes together easily from everyday kitchen staples. The best part is its flexibility, you can use whatever lentils you have on hand—the cooking time will vary, but they all break down into a warm and comforting dish. Then, you’ll top each bowl with a rough-chopped gremolata made from walnuts, cilantro, and lemon to brighten the earthy flavors of the soup. Note: This recipe cuts down on prep time by making use of a food processor to chop the vegetables—but if you don’t have one, just chop finely by hand.

Cheesy Baked Beans and Tomatoes

Holy bubbly hot goodness! This recipe transforms pantry ingredients like canned beans and tomatoes into a wonderfully comforting weeknight dinner—and all in just 20 minutes. Fragrant oregano and garlic help coax pizza-like flavors out of these everyday staples, resulting in a bubbling, saucy skillet perfect for mopping sauce up with toasted bread. If you have fresh basil on hand, top each serving with a few leaves to enhance the pizza vibe. Round out the meal with a crunchy green salad and a bottle of red wine.