Classic Eggplant Lasagna

Classic Eggplant Lasagna that’s full of cheesy goodness, without the pasta! Great for a gluten-free lasagna option or just for sneaking in a healthy vegetable.

DO YOU HAVE TO PEEL EGGPLANT BEFORE YOU COOK IT?

Yes you can! The peel of the eggplant is edible. If you are using a large eggplant, the skin may get a little tough. You can peel it before baking if you’d like.

WHAT DOES EGGPLANT TASTE LIKE?

Eggplant has a very mild flavor, like spaghetti squash. Because it has such a mild flavor, it’s easily used in recipes that have bold flavors. In something like eggplant lasagna, the eggplant flavor itself isn’t even really tasted.

CAN I MAKE THIS INTO VEGETARIAN EGGPLANT LASAGNA?

Yes. The Italian sausage in this recipe can be completely omitted to make the recipe vegetarian. Instead of browning the sausage, simply saute the onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for a few minutes instead.

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Servings: 10 Servings

Ingredients

Eggplant

  • 2 eggplants sliced lengthwise (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Sauce

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage or ground beef
  • 1/2 large white onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley divided

Cheese

  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pound deli sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
  • Lay eggplant slices out onto prepared baking sheets into a single layer. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the preheated oven until tender, about 25 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, add in ground sausage or ground beef. Use a spoon to break up the meat into small pieces.
  • Add in onion and garlic and cook until meat is well browned, stirring constantly. Stir in fresh basil, oregano, ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, and ¼ cup chopped parsley. Pour in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and wine. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).
  • In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, ½ teaspoon salt, and nutmeg. Refrigerate until ready to assemble lasagna.
  • Lightly grease a deep 9×13 pan.To assemble, spread about 1 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of the prepared pan. Place 6 eggplant slices on top to cover the bottom of the pan. Spread with ⅓ of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with ¼ of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1½ cups meat sauce over mozzarella, then sprinkle with ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Repeat layering two more times to create three complete layers. To finish, place a final layer of eggplant, topped with another 1 cup of meat sauce to cover the eggplant. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1333mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 14.6% | Vitamin C: 7.1% | Calcium: 66.5% | Iron: 8.1%

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Classic Eggplant Lasagna