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One Pan Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

This vegetarian eggplant lasagna is for those nights when you have neither the time nor the energy to spend hours in the kitchen, chopping and stirring. The recipe takes all of the components of a vegetarian lasagna - vegetables, tomato sauce, lasagne noodles, and cheese - and quickly builds one layer upon the other. All in one skillet. All on the stovetop.
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 617kcal
Author uglyducklingbakery

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Japanese eggplants or one small globe eggplant, roughly chopped into half inch pieces (no need to peel)
  • salt for sweating and to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup yellow or white onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 10-12 Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 28 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup homemade or store bought tomato sauce
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 12 no-boil lasagne noodles, broken up roughly
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ pound fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • 1 ounce Parmesan, grated, plus more for topping
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  • About 30 to 60 minutes before starting to cook, salt the chopped eggplant in a sieve, toss until covered, and let sit in the sink.
    2 medium Japanese eggplants or one small globe eggplant, roughly chopped into half inch pieces (no need to peel), salt for sweating and to taste
  • When ready to cook, rinse off the salt and pat some of the water off with a paper towel or kitchen towel. You can even get rid of a bit more of the water out by squeezing the eggplant gently (but there's no need to squeeze like you are making latkes).
  • Using a large (12 inch) skillet that has a lid, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat, and then cook the onion for about 5 minutes until starting to soften.
    1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ cup yellow or white onion, chopped fine
  • Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is starting to brown (about 5 minutes)
  • Add the garlic and olives and cook, stirring, for one minute.
    2 cloves garlic, 10-12 Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • Add the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine.
    28 ounce can chopped tomatoes, ¼ cup homemade or store bought tomato sauce, 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Add the broken lasagne noodles as a top layer (do not stir them in), cover the pan, and let simmer with occasional bubbles for about 10 minutes.
    12 no-boil lasagne noodles, broken up roughly
  • At about the 10 minute mark, stir in the noodles and continue to let the mixture cook, covered and at a simmer, for about another 10 minutes until the noodles are soft. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Add in salt and pepper to taste (I start with ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspooon of pepper).
    salt and pepper to taste
  • Remove from heat and stir in the chopped mozzarella and the Parmesan, reserving a tablespoon or two of the Parmesan for serving.
    ½ pound fresh mozzarella, chopped, 1 ounce Parmesan, grated, plus more for topping
  • Add the ricotta in large (about 2 tablespoon) dollops around the pan, but don't stir in. Cover the pan and let it sit for 5 minutes.
    1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Sprinkle with basil and Parmesan and admire your handiwork before serving.
    ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

Notes

Variations: This recipe is extremely adaptable for vegetable additions or substitutions like zucchini or mushrooms.

Nutrition

Calories: 617kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 955mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1169IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 563mg | Iron: 3mg