Grilled Eggplant and Fresh Basil Vegetarian Pizza Recipe

Eggplant and fresh basil vegetarian pizza recipe

The Spruce / Andrea Livingston

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
103 Calories
9g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 103
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 2g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Eggplant and basil is a simple pizza combination, but, if you're like my friend Jason, it'll soon be your favorite. Jason insists on placing full leaves of basil (fresh from his garden) underneath each slice of eggplant, as well as some snipped pieces on top, too.

There's not much to this vegetarian pizza - just pizza dough, pizza sauce, eggplant, fresh basil (it has to be fresh!) and some cheese. I usually like a bit of garlic on my pizza, but in this eggplant and basil recipe, you want to keep things simple so that the focus is on the flavor of the eggplant and fresh basil, and nothing else. Plus, I usually use a pizza sauce that has plenty of garlic already.

If you do need to add more to this simple pizza, the only thing I can condone is some thinly sliced tomatoes which will add a lovely fire-roasted flavor.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil (for brushing eggplant)
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 batch prepared pizza dough
  • 12 leaves basil
  • 1/3 cup prepared pizza sauce
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese (grated or thinly sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Eggplant and fresh basil vegetarian
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  2. Set oven to broil or heat grill to medium-high heat (about 500 F).

  3. Slice eggplant into rounds about 1/3-inch thick.

    Eggplant slices
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  4. Brush with the eggplant with olive oil.

    Brush eggplant
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  5. Grill for a few minutes on a grill pan or on the barbecue for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or just until tender. Set aside. If you don't have a grill handy, you could also roast them in the oven for about 10 minutes at 300 F on a baking sheet.

    Grill eggplant
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  6. Spread a layer of pizza sauce on top of the dough.

    Spread on dough
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  7. On top of the sauce, arrange the grilled eggplant slices in a single layer and tuck a whole basil leaf under each slice. Depending on the size of your eggplant, you may have some leftover. Dip it in the sauce and eat it as an appetizer while you're waiting for your pizza to cook!

    Grilled eggplant on pizza
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  8. Chop 3 to 4 whole basil leaves coarsely, then sprinkle them on top of the pizza, followed by a layer of grated mozzarella cheese.

    Chop basil leaves
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  9. Bake your vegetarian eggplant pizza in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is just bubbly and crust is lightly golden brown.

    Eggplant fresh basil vegetarian pizza
    The Spruce / Andrea Livingston


  • Note that as with most pizza recipes, the amount needed is really an approximation, so feel free to adjust and add more or less as you like.

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