Grain Free Eggplant Lasagna uses roasted eggplant instead of lasagna noodles. It’s a lighter, healthier version of the Italian comfort food!
I played around with this recipe for a while before I got the consistency that I liked. It was actually my Italian step dad that offered the tip to roast the eggplant before layering the lasagna. Duh! I can't believe I didn't think of that. I tried microwaving the slices, salting them, cooking the lasagna for a long time on a low temperature... Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. Thanks Papa!
For this recipe, you will need to make a batch of my Easy Weeknight Bolognese Sauce.
This recipe only calls for one layer of ricotta, which also helps keep the calorie count down. I like Organic Valley's pasture-raised, organic cheeses:
You will be surprised at how yummy this Grain Free Eggplant Lasagna is! My family loves it, and best of all; it can be made in advance. It’s even better the next day!
For step-by-step instructions with photos, scroll past the recipe.
Step-by-step instructions with photos:
Preheat oven to 400
Cut tops and bottoms off eggplants. Slice lengthwise into ¼” slices. Leave off the outside edge slices.
Brush fronts and backs of the eggplant slices with olive oil (about 4 Tbs), and season each side with salt and pepper, to taste.
Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and brush paper with olive oil. Disperse the slices onto the baking sheets, making they do not touch.
Roast eggplant slices in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes, then flip slices over and roast for an additional 10 minutes.
Meanwhile make my Easy Weeknight Bolognese Sauce.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, parmesean, fresh basil, and one egg.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Brush a 9”X13” casserole pan with remaining Tbs of olive oil. Spread a layer of the Bolognese sauce over the bottom of the pan, cover completely, (about 1/2 of the recipe).
Next, spread a layer of the roasted eggplant slices over the Bolognese, about 1/2 of the eggplant. You may have to cut some of the slices to the right sizes to fill in any gaps.
Spread all of the ricotta mixture over the eggplant slices.
Spread a layer of the remaining roasted eggplant slices over the ricotta mixture.
Top the eggplant layer with the remaining Bolognese, spreading to coat.
Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella evenly over the top of the lasagna.
Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake in a 325-degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil from pan and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
Let lasagna rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
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I love adding a whole, unprocessed and healthy twist to classic recipes. My food is often grain-free, usually gluten-free, and always unprocessed.