Easy Eggplant Lasagna

 eggplant lasagna in marigold ceramic baker


 Yields: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min

• 2 large eggplants (sliced ¼" thick)
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 teaspoons sea salt
• ½ yellow onion (finely chopped)
• 5 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
• 2 (25 ounce) jars marinara sauce
•1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes (drained)
• 2 teaspoons oregano 
• ½ cup fresh basil leaves(chopped)
• 2 teaspoons black pepper
• 1 egg
• 16 ounces ricotta cheese
• 1 cup shaved parmesan cheese
• 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• non-stick spray


1. Preheat oven to 400º F. After slicing eggplant, lay out flat and sprinkle on sea salt. After 10 minutes, flip over and sprinkle on more salt.  Let the salt do its' magic to pull out the water from the eggplant while you make the sauce.

 sliced eggplant for lasagna in ceramic rectangular baker

2. Heat oil in Sauté Skillet on medium. Add in onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Then add in diced tomatoes, oregano, 1 teaspoon black pepper,  and cook for another 2 minutes.

making sauce for eggplant lasagna in saute skillet

 3. Add in the marinara sauce and half of the chopped basil leaves. Stir to combine. Place lid on and let the sauce simmer on low-medium heat for about 10 minutes.

 4. Use paper towels to dab the eggplant slices to remove excess water.

removing excess water from eggplant slices

  5. In a mixing bowl, combine egg, ricotta cheese, shaved parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon chopped basil, remaining black pepper, and 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.


ricotta mixture for eggplant lasagna ceramic baking dish

6. Spread out 13 of the marinara in the ceramic baker. Add 1 layer of eggplant slices on top.

add layer of eggplant for lasagna in marigold ceramic baker

7. Spread 13 of the ricotta mixture on top and then add 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

add cheese to eggplant lasagna in marigold ceramic baker

8. Repeat 2 more times and place several chopped leaves of basil on last. Spray a sheet of foil with non-stick spray and then cover lasagna.

basil on top of lasagna before putting marigold ceramic baker into oven

9. Bake in oven for 30 minutes until cheese is melted. Set oven to broil and leave in oven (uncovered) for 2-3 minutes. The cheese will start to brown a bit. Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing.

final lasagna out of the oven and sliced on plate


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