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Italian-Style Eggplant Casserole

This is one of our favorite ways to prepare eggplant - similar in flavor to eggplant parmesan, but with less work, less fat and fewer calories. Made with rounds of roasted eggplant,homemade marinara, thinly sliced provolone and a topping of shredded mozzarella, it's great served with pasta for a meatless meal and the leftovers make fantastic sandwiches.

Italian-Style Eggplant Casserole

Italian-Style Eggplant Casserole

  • Ingredients:
  • 2-1/2 to 3 lbs eggplant (2 or 3 medium)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups Chunky Marinara Sauce (or your favorite store-bought)
  • 4 to 6 ounces provolone cheese, thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, coarsely shredded

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Peel the eggplants and cut them into 3/8-inch thick slices. Arrange the slices on the baking sheets, brush the top of each slice with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. /p>

Place both sheets in the oven and roast until the eggplant is tender and lightly caramelized, 12 to 15 minutes. Rotate the position of the sheets at least once to ensure even cooking. Remove the eggplant from the oven and reduce the heat to 375°F.

Coat a small casserole with nonstick spray and add a layer of eggplant, overlapping the slices slightly. Spoon a little of the sauce over the eggplant and top with slices of provolone. Repeat the process with the remaining eggplant, but finish with the shredded mozzarella.

Bake uncovered, until the cheese is melted and bubbly, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with pasta if desired.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe Notes:
The quantities of sauce and cheese are somewhat flexible in this recipe. If you like a lot of sauce, feel free to use more. The same theory applies to the cheese.

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