Why aren't we eating more eggplant in life? I'm serious. Most people's go-to vegetables are broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, summer squash, cauliflower and brussel sprouts (occasionally). And yes, potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers are also incredibly popular. But what about lonely, little eggplant? Sure, you bring it out for fried eggplant parmesan - who doesn't? However, roasting and sautéing eggplant is a fantastic way to enjoy this versatile vegetable. In my roasted eggplant with a cheesy ricotta blend you'll get all the deliciousness of eggplant parmesan without the breading station and fry clean-up.
Eggplant can be a bright and shining star if you let it
How many times have you been in the produce department, looked at the eggplant and said, "Meh, what am I going to do with that?" I've done it myself, I know. Now, what I try to do is say - "how can I incorporate eggplant into my meals this week?" This recipe is easy because it's similar to eggplant parmesan but a little easier to prepare.
I have come to appreciate roasted eggplant over the years. This is a hassle-free way to cook it with incredible results. You need only slice the eggplant into thick cuts and add olive oil, salt and pepper. That's it. Then let your oven work the magic until the eggplant is oh so golden brown. Roasted eggplant is the star of the dish. It's incredible!
The rest it rudimentary. Blend awesome cheeses together for the layers, cook pasta and heat that incredible homemade sauce you've had in the freezer. Of course, I highly recommend my Big Batch, Slow Cooked Spaghetti Sauce that I grew up on.
This is my mom's recipe and it is to die for. This is a spaghetti sauce that I make gallons of at a time as you'll see in the video of that recipe. Then all you have to do is divide it up into various plastic containers and freeze it. Then pull out what you need, when you need it. Having this sauce on hand is a lifesaver!
One of my favorite comforts foods is this roasted eggplant with cheesy ricotta blend. The flavor profile is everything I want on a cool fall evening.
So go forth and cook! Make delicious meals for yourself and your loved ones. You're all worth! And if you're looking for more uses for my homemade spaghetti sauce, you simple must try my Crispy Chicken Parmesan or my Insanely Delicious Meatballs.Print