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Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake

An easy aubergine, chickpea and spinach bake for a simple family dinner.

Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake served with mini roast potatoes

I love a savoury tray or sheet pan bake like this aubergine and chickpea bake. If you know me well you'll know I like dinner to be easy and stress-free. This is exactly that!

It's all cooked in one pan. First the aubergines and shallots, then the chickpea and spinach mixture.

This sheet pan dinner is packed with flavour and nutritious.

2 large aubergine (eggplant)

Why is aubergine called eggplant in the US?

The name for this fruit of a nightshade plant is known as aubergine in the UK and eggplant in the USA.

The British word aubergine, comes from the French and Catalan word for it's original arabic name al-badinjan.

In America it is called eggplant, which came from different areas of Europe who were describing small white globe vegetables that almost looked like eggs. It's not a good description of the purple vegetable we all know today, but it is a great name.

In some southern states of the US it is called guinea squash and in India it is still called brinjal


Health benefits of aubergine (eggplant)?

Aubergine is high in anti-oxidants and dietary fibre. It is a good source of Vitamin B1 and B6 and it also contains minerals such as copper, manganese and magnesium.

Aubergine is high fibre and low calorie, so the perfect food if you are watching your weight. Just be careful of the amount of oil you add as aubergine soaks it in like a sponge.

There are just 20 calories in 85g/1 cup of chopped aubergine.

Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake waiting to go in oven

Sheet Pan Dinners

Sheet pan dinners are basically meals that are made in a sheet pan, baking tray or roasting tin. It's a one-pan bake that makes dinner time a doddle.

I used to use a roasting pan to make these easy savoury bakes until I bought an American aluminium sheet pan that. It's heavy gauge, cleans up a treat and I love it.

A sheet pan is perfect for making sheet pan dinners or just for roasting vegetables. There's plenty of room to spread them out in a single layer for optimum crispness and it cleans up a treat.

Beware though, I measured my oven so I could buy the biggest sheet pan I could. When it arrived it didn't fit until I tried sliding it in right at the top of the oven. I can tell you that was a worrying moment. Thank goodness it fits. Measure carefully!

Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake

One-pan dinner recipes

I have a few one-pan dinner recipes you can try as well as this aubergine and chickpea bake. They are all super simple and have printable recipes, you can save for later, or why not pin them? You can find me under Jactinnedtoms on Pinterest.

5 one-pan dinners

from top left clockwise

Spiced Roasted Vegetables with Arugula Rocket

Spiced Mediterranean vegetables roasted in a sheet pan and topped with rocket is a basic dish that can be used as the base of so many dishes. Scroll down for the recipe and serving suggestions.

Sticky Red Onion & Sausage Bake with Gravy

An easy vegan sausage and red onion bake in a rich gravy. A simple bake that's easy to make on a weeknight. Serve with mashed potato and peas for the ultimate comfort dish.

Rich Tomato & Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake

A rich pasta bake that is so easy to make. The whole dish is made in a roasting pan. First you roast the vegetables, then you add the sauce ingredients and dried pasta. Pop it in the oven, walk away and 40 mins later voila. The most delicious pasta bake that everyone will love.

Cheesy Cauliflower & Potato Bake with Spinach

A comforting cauliflower cheese bake with a difference. Cauliflower and waxy baby potatoes in a cheese and spinach sauce topped with mozzarella and baked until golden. Veggie and vegan recipe.

Roast Vegetable, Veggie Sausage & Chickpea Bake

A simple two step bake that is healthy, filling and a real crowd pleaser that teams roast vegetables, sausages and chickpeas in a tomato sauce.

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Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake

I like to make the best use of my oven when it's on, so I popped little potatoes on to roast at the same time as this tray bake, but it would also be good served with crusty bread and a salad or served over rice, couscous or cauliflower rice.

Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake

Yield: 3-4
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 45 M
An easy aubergine, chickpea and spinach bake make in a sheet pan for a simple family dinner.\ Suitable for vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free diets.


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium aubergine, topped
  • 4 banana shallots, peeled
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 100g fresh spinach
  • 1  tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • A few basil leaves


How to cook Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/ 400f/gas mark 6.
  2. Cut the aubergines and shallots in half length ways and place in the pan. Spray with a little olive oil and season and with and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato puree, spices and spinach. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the chickpea mixture across the tray and roast for another 25 minutes.
  5. Top with basil leaves and serve.
  6. Enjoy!
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  1. I didn't even know there is another name than eggplant. Interesting. Yummy bake!

    1. Ah well it's true that we learn something every day.

  2. That looks really good Jacqueline. I am going to make it for me and my daughter this weekend. By the way I really liked the watermelon smoothie. Jill

    1. Thanks Jill and I'm glad you enjoyed the smoothie. It's so good!

  3. I've just begun cooking with aubergine more often and I'm always hunting for new recipes. I hope to try this out one day next week!

    1. Oh good. It's a super simple recipe Kacie. I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Bintu | Recipes From A PantryWednesday, 24 April, 2019

    This looks like such an interesting and delicious bake! I am definitely giving this a try!

  5. This vegan meal looks so delicious, easy and healthy! I'm all over it! :)

  6. yummy!! I am goin to try this recipe for sure

    1. Oh I am sure you will enjoy it. It's really full of flavour and texture.

  7. I like the sound of this sheet pan idea. It's not one I've tried, but next time I get hold of aubergines I think I might try your recipe. Easy fuss free suppers are just what I need and this one sounds delicious.

    1. Yes, you know me Choclette, I like an easy recipe, especially midweek.


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