Eggplant Lasagna

Making lasagna with eggplant is so easy and unbelievably delicious. To be honest, two of our littles were not impressed with the seeds from the sheets of eggplant, so if you have picky eaters, maybe dice up the eggplant before assembling your bake or remove the seeds. For example, if you choose to remove the seeds you may need to increase the number of eggplants. Eggplant Lasagna was not a recipe that I would have tried ten years ago, however, it was fun to do and exciting to add a new recipe to our families’ ever-growing menu.

Eggplant Lasagna baked and resting on tabletop

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Published September 9, 2021
Updated March 12, 2022
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Types of Lasagnas

There were many recipes that were read before I made this Eggplant Lasagna, and the one thing I would do different is to add no-boil pasta sheets. Doing so would help to soak up some of the extra liquid that did come out of the eggplant that I was not prepared for. For example, had the lasagna had extra pasta as a replaced layer, it would have been a brilliantly perfect lasagna without an extra runny sauce.

Some recipes for lasagna call for using ricotta cheese, but I prefer to use cottage cheese. Personally, the texture is nicer and there is more flavor with cottage cheese. Depending on your preferences, you can opt to use ricotta or cottage cheese when making this recipe.

Some variations of Eggplant Lasagna I have read about use pasta as the main while cooking the eggplant into cubes with the sauce. The next time our family wants eggplant lasagna, I will make it with pasta and cut the seeds out of the pieces, then, cooking the sauce with the eggplant chunks.

An additional way that I will try this Lasagna recipe is to bake the eggplant sheets much longer before assembling the bake. In doing so, the liquid will then cook out of the sheets and not add it to the bake.

I love to cook and try recipes in different ways because I can then perfect recipes. Having a no-boil pasta would help to cut down on the amount of liquid that was still in the pan. It would also stretch the meal a lot longer as we had no leftovers. As we have six people, leftovers are the best thing ever.

I remember when Sam, who is now 12, was just a baby and Tyler and I had leftovers for days. Some recipes need to be tripled, like pancakes, for us to have enough. Do you or your family have this problem? Let me know!

Layers for this recipe

Just like a typical Lasagna with pasta, Eggplant Lasagna also has repetitive layers. For this recipe, I replaced the sheets of pasta with sheets of eggplant.
*sauce
*eggplant
*cheese mixture
*eggplant
*sauce
*eggplant
*cheese mixture
*eggplant
*sauce
*mozzarella cheese

Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

1 large container of cottage cheese
3 Eggplants
1 jar marinara
Parmesan cheese
1 egg
3 garlic cloves
Oregano
Salt & Pepper

all the ingredients for eggplant lasagna on countertop

Directions

1. Wash each eggplant and then using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin off of the eggplants.

2. With a chef knife, carefully slice the eggplant into 1/2-inch-thick strips.

eggplant sliced into strips

3. Place aluminum foil onto a baking sheet and then spray with a non-stick spray and place eggplant slices on to bake. Sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper. Use Kosher salt as it tastes better with the eggplant; you can use table salt but cut the amount in half.

eggplant sheets on baking sheet

4. Set oven to 350 degrees and bake the eggplant slices for 10-15 minutes. This helps the moisture come out of the slices, if your eggplant sheets still seem very moist feel free to bake them for closer to 20 minutes.
5. Spray a 9 X 13 lasagna pan with a non-stick spray then set aside.
6. In a large bowl mix together the cottage cheese, 1/2 cup shredded parmesan, 1 egg, 3 garlic cloves minced, 1 tsp oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Make sure you use freshly shredded parmesan as it will melt into the cottage cheese better than anything pre-shredded.

7. When the eggplant is done baking, carefully remove it from the oven and place the baking sheets on a hot pad.
8. Pour 1/3 jar marinara into the bottom of the bake dish to help the bottom not burn and then spread it our evenly with a spatula.

marinara spread on bottom of baking dish for Eggplant Lasagna
Marinara on the bottom to prevent the lasagna from burning.

9. Place 6 eggplant pieces along the base of the dish. This will make up the bottom of your lasagna, you could also use a no-boil pasta here at the base instead of eggplant to add more substance to the bake, while also reducing the liquids that can come out of the eggplant.

layer of eggplants in baking dish on top of marinara

10. Using a spatula, measure out a spoonful of cheese mixture onto each eggplant piece and then spread it out evenly.

cottage cheese mixture on top of eggplants for lasagna layers

11. Layer more eggplant over the cheese mixture. Additionally, you can substitute this layer with non- boil lasagna pasta if desired, as it can help absorb the liquids of the Eggplants.

layer more eggplant on top of cheese mixture

12. Pour more marinara over the eggplant and then spread it out with a spatula.

marinara layer for lasagna

Repeat steps #8-#12 to finish the lasagna bake. Any remaining sauce can be used for the top of the last eggplant layer before topping with shredded mozzarella. Whenever I cook, I use freshly shredded cheese as it melts best into any food. Pre-shredded cheese will not melt as well.
13. Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

shredded cheese on top of eggplant layers

14. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. This pan of lasagna specifically was done closer to 45 minutes; had it had no-boil pasta included it would have baked the full 1 hour.

eggplant lasagna ready to be baked

Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
Enjoy!
~Monica

baked eggplant lasagna resting before serving

Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

1 container of cottage cheese
3 Eggplants
1 jar marinara
Parmesan cheese
1 egg
3 garlic cloves
Oregano
Salt & Pepper

Directions for Eggplant Lasagna

1. Wash each eggplant and then using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin off of the eggplants.
2. With a chef knife, slice the eggplant into 1/2-inch-thick strips.
3. Place aluminum foil onto a baking sheet and then spray with a non-stick spray.
4. Set oven to 350 degrees.
5. Place eggplant slices on baking sheet in a single layer and sprinkle salt and pepper on the tops and then bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Bake longer for less moisture in the eggplant.
6. Spray a 9 X 13 lasagna pan with a non-stick spray, then set aside.
7. In a large bowl mix together the cottage cheese, 1/2 cup shredded parmesan, 1 egg, 3 garlic cloves minced, 1 tsp oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
8. When the eggplant is done baking, carefully remove it from the oven and place the pans on a hot pad.
9. Firstly, pour 1/2 cup marinara into the bottom of the bake dish.
10. Secondly, place 6 eggplant pieces along the base of the dish.
11. Thirdly, using a spoon, measure out a spoonful of cheese mixture onto each eggplant piece and spread it out evenly.
12. Then layer more eggplant over the cheese mixture.
13. Pour more marinara over the eggplant and then spread it out with a spoon.
Repeat steps #9-#13 to finish the Eggplant Lasagna layers.
14. Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
15. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

Matthew at table with plate served with meatballs and eggplant lasagna
So amazingly delicious!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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