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Easy Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

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An absolute favorite amongst food lovers, our Easy Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna is a divine fusion of comfort and health, and an ode to all the vegetarians out there. This mouth-watering dish adds an exciting twist to the traditional lasagna, replacing pasta layers with thinly sliced eggplant. The result is a delightful concoction that’s light, flavorful, and rich in nutrition.

Why People Love Cooking This Recipe?

In the culinary world, a recipe that merges simplicity, taste, and health is always a winner. This vegetarian eggplant lasagna ticks all these boxes. It’s a dish that inspires creativity as it gives you room to play around with fillings and toppings. Plus, the recipe’s flexibility means it can be tailored to various dietary preferences. The eggplant adds a unique touch, elevating the humble vegetable to a star ingredient. The ease of preparation coupled with the delicious output makes this recipe a favorite choice for cooking enthusiasts.

Why This Recipe Is Healthy?

I can confidently state that this eggplant lasagna is packed with numerous health benefits. Eggplant is a low-calorie, high-fiber vegetable that’s rich in antioxidants, promoting heart health and controlling blood sugar levels. The cheeses used provide a good source of calcium and protein. Using a homemade marinara sauce lets you control the sodium content, thereby reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

Who Can Eat This Recipe?

This recipe is a great fit for vegetarians, cheese lovers, and anyone seeking a healthier alternative to traditional lasagna. It’s also suitable for individuals on a low-carb or gluten-free diet.

This Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna is a must-try for anyone who loves good food and good health. With a total preparation and cooking time of about an hour, it makes a perfect choice for a weeknight meal or a dinner party.

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Easy Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna Recipe Details

Easy Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna Recipe Details

amelia-taylor
prep time
20 minutes
cooking time
40 minutes
servings
4-6
total time
1 hour

Equipment

  • a mandoline slicer (optional)

  • a colander

  • a mixing bowl

  • a baking dish

  • aluminum foil

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplants, thinly sliced lengthwise

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg

  • 2 cups marinara sauce

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2

While the oven is preheating, salt the eggplant slices and let them rest for 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

3

In a bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg, minced garlic, and some basil. Season with salt and pepper.

4

Layer your baking dish starting with marinara sauce, followed by eggplant slices, ricotta mixture, and mozzarella. Repeat this process until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan.

5

Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

Salting and draining the eggplant slices before use can remove excess moisture and bitterness, resulting in a perfectly textured lasagna. Using a mandoline slicer ensures consistent, thin slices of eggplant for even cooking. Adding fresh herbs such as basil or oregano can elevate the flavor profile of the dish. For a protein boost, consider adding some cooked lentils to your marinara sauce.
Amelia Taylor
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