Recipe Box, Eggplant Lasagna

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I am always craving vegetables after Christmas and all the holiday food.  This dish is fairly light for a lasagna, the eggplant is baked, not fried, and it’s full of vegetables.

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There is part skim ricotta for the creamy layer you expect in lasagna and some good cheeses to punch up the flavor.  Cooked in an Italian tomato sauce, you won’t even miss the meat!

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Roasted eggplant slices, spinach, mushroom and onion mix, ricotta/Parmesan cheese, lasagna noodles, marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, all the usual suspects to make your mouth water!

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Layer like traditional lasagna

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and top with plenty of cheese

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Let set for a few minutes before cutting

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Look at all the layers of flavor

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Enjoy!

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Here’s the recipe:

EGGPLANT LASAGNA for a printable version click here

1 large eggplant, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch slices [you should have 8-10]

8 oz mushrooms, sliced

1/2 large onion

1 T butter

1 T olive oil

1/2 bag fresh spinach

1 cup part skim ricotta

4 oz. freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

2 oz. sharp white cheddar or Fontina cheese, grated

9 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente

3 cups good marinara sauce

salt, pepper, garlic powder, olive oil

Lay eggplant slices on a foil lined baking sheet that has been coated lightly with olive oil or sprayed with olive oil spray.  Drizzle with more olive oil on top of slices and spread with fingers.  Season with salt and pepper.  Roast at 400 for 30-40 minutes until soft and starting to brown.

Saute the onion in butter and olive oil over medium heat until transparent and starting to brown.  Add spinach and cover.  Let simmer for 5 minutes or so to wilt down spinach.  Stir and remove vegetables to a bowl.  Add mushrooms to skillet and saute quickly over medium high, adding a drizzle more olive oil, until mushrooms release their juices and begin to brown. Add cooked mushrooms to bowl with onions and spinach and stir to combine.

Combine ricotta with 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, and season with salt, pepper and a healthy dash of garlic powder.

In a greased deep casserole [8×8] put 1 cup of sauce.  Top with 3 lasagna noodles.  Using your fingers, divide 1/2 of mushroom mixture over noodles.  Top with 1/2 of ricotta mix, again using fingers.  Top vegetables and ricotta with 1/2 of eggplant slices.  Top eggplant slices with a light sprinkling of Parmesan.  Now cover with another cup of marinara.  Repeat layers, except end with 3 noodles across the top, and cover with the last cup of sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and the sharp white cheddar or Fontina.  Makes 4-6 servings.

Note: you can make this up to 6 hours* ahead of time and cover and refrigerate.  Add sausage or ground beef to marinara sauce if desired, for a heartier version.  *I don’t recommend making this more than 6 hours ahead due to the water content of the vegetables.

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Comments
8 Responses to “Recipe Box, Eggplant Lasagna”
  1. Mary says:

    This looks delicious Jenna and your guests are too adorable dressed in their Christmas finest! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday and season!

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  2. Liz says:

    Nice recipe. Thank you.

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  3. lulu says:

    You have just reminded me how much I like eggplant lasagna which I used to make quite often. I think it’s time to give it a go again.

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  4. Poppy says:

    mmm this looks really yummy! I love lasagna and this looks like a healthy and delicious alternative:) Loving your polka dot baking dish as well! The kids look absolutely adorable…love how you captured the moment! Thanks for the recipe! Happy Holidays! Hugs, Poppy

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  5. Rettabug says:

    Oooo, the only things I’d have to go get are the eggplant, spinach & ricotta…everything else I have in the house! Jenna, this is soooo appealing to me right now. I, too, crave something DIFFERENT after all the sweets & other traditional foods of the holidays.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, Hon!

    Just look at all those wee ones!! That HAD to be a fun Christmas at your house! LOL

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  6. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Your Eggplant Lasagna looks fabulous, your guest should feel very special! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and wishing you abundant blessings in 2014!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Kim says:

    This looks amazing! I’m pinning for later – the family will welcome something new and exciting. 🙂
    Kim

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