Lasagne di Melanzane –Eggplant Lasagne
2 -4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large eggplant (about 2 pounds total), cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch-thick slices
1-2 tbsp AP flour
2 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled plum tomatoes, undrained (I used San Marzano)
Salt and pepper
6 basil leaves, chiffonade
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (you could use part skim if you prefer)
9 no-boil or oven-ready lasagna noodles
salt and pepper to taste
Pulse tomatoes and juices in a food processor until coarsely chopped. In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Sauté’ the onion until translucent. Add the tomato puree, salt, and chopped basil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. (adjust flavoring in sauce to your taste. If you like it spicy, go ahead and make it spicy!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slice eggplant into thin strips and place on a baking sheet. Dredge in a little flour and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until tender turning once (about 10-15 minutes; baking time depends on how thick you slice them).
(If you would like to plan this, go ahead! This can be made 1 day ahead. Chill in fridge until next day when you are ready to bake it.)
buon appetito!! What’s your favorite kind of lasagne? I think this is definitely in the top 3 for me!:)