Eggplant Lasagna


Attention Calorie Counters,

Looks like lasagna is back on the menu!

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Depending on your diet, “pasta” can be a very, very bad word.

Thankfully, there are vegetables that can pose as pasta, i.e. eggplant

When sliced and baked, this purple veggie takes on a buttery texture and nutty taste that begs to be paired with cheese and hearty marinara!

If you are short on time, however, DO NOT attempt adding raw slices of eggplant instead.  The resulting texture will be similar to chewing on a flip-flop!

Here is how I prepare eggplant for a delicious and healthy lasagna…

Eggplant Lasagna

For an 8 x 13 dish of lasagna, you will need:

  • Two medium to large-sized eggplants
  • Large jar of marinara sauce (I prefer Classico) or 3-4 cups homemade marinara
  • 1 large (32 oz) container cottage cheese, drained and divided in half
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella

Slice eggplants into 1/2-inch slices.

Line a baking sheet with foil and coat well with cooking spray.

Place a single layer of eggplant slices on the baking sheet.  Drizzle slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

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Bake at 375 degree for 15 minutes or until slices are soft and pliable.  Allow slices to cool to room temperature.

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At this point, you can either assemble the lasagna or store the eggplant in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to  a week or the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Layer ingredients in this order:

  • a thin layer of marinara (about 1 cup sauce)
  • an even layer of eggplant slices
  • a layer of half of the container of cottage cheese (or you could use ricotta) sprinkled with dried basil, Parmesan cheese and mozzarella
  • repeat one more time
  • top with a final layer of eggplant, marinara and mozzarella cheese

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Bake the lasagna at 400 degrees until bubbly (25-30 minutes).  Allow dish to cool 10 minutes before serving.

Low carb, low cal, and, more importantly, delicious.  You won’t miss the noodles!

(And the dieting gods will rejoice…)

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23 thoughts on “Eggplant Lasagna

    • I prefer to make my own sauce. For a super-duper quick sauce, I saute up a large clove of garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil and then pour in a large can of crushed tomatoes. Add 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning and simmer for 10 minutes. Then stir in fresh parsley.:)

    • I have not had trouble with bitter eggplant and find the baking does the job. But I do make sure to sprinkle on enough salt. 🙂
      Also, I find the soaking process creates a soggy mess!

  1. Looks delicious. We grow eggplant and I’m trying to find different recipes for it. My husband isn’t a fan and I’ve struck out a lot. The rest of us like the dishes but I haven’t got a thumbs up yet from him. 🙂

  2. Ohh! it looks some yummy, I must try this. I tried your kale chips and loved those…..next fake out…lasagna!? Yes please! You are a mad scientist food genius!

  3. I had the most amazing eggplant parmesan in Vegas and thought I should try and make it sometime, but the hubby turned his nose. I might give this a whirl on a night when it’s just me. Love it because there’s no meat the the low cal part is awesome.

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