Aubergine & ricotta lasagne

I bought a couple of aubergines and some ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, and I had a plan for what I was going to do with them. I’d envisaged stuffing the aubergines with a mega-cheesy filling and then baking them. But the more I thought about it, the more that wasn’t what I wanted to eat. So, with the kitchen clock counting down to dinnertime, I had to come up with something else. And quickly.

Having not made a lasagne for ages, I thought this might be a good opportunity. Ricotta cheese is always a good choice in a lasagne, and everyone in this house loves aubergines. Plus, it’s a one dish meal – easy. Decision made.

But, as I mentioned before, it’s hard for diabetics (like DH) to eat lasagne, because working out the amount of carbohydrate in a serving can be quite difficult. So this time, I made three individual lasagnes, and weighed out the quantity of pasta in each one before assembling them. Of course, if you’re not catering for a diabetic, you probably don’t need to go to this kind of length, and could just as easily make one big lasagne. Although there’s something quite nice about having your own personal dish.

Making individual lasagnes also meant I could cater for Kipper’s recent (and hopefully temporary) aversion to tomato sauce. I was slightly worried that the pasta wouldn’t cook properly without the moisture from the tomato sauce, but she seemed to yum it down with no problems, so I think we can assume it was fine. Aubergines are one of her favourite things in the world though.

These were full of summer flavours – tomato, basil, aubergine – plus the ricotta cheese and melty mozzarella made them filling and hearty enough to need no accompaniment.

They took just over an hour to make, but I’m pretty confident you could do it in under an hour if you didn’t also have a small person demanding snacks, stickers, someone to pick up the thing she’s dropped on the floor, etc etc. This made 3 individual aubergine and ricotta lasagnes.

 aubergine & ricotta lasagne

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Aubergine and ricotta lasagne
Yields 3
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
1252 calories
100 g
224 g
69 g
61 g
31 g
757 g
1061 g
15 g
0 g
34 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
757g
Yields
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1252
Calories from Fat 603
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 69g
105%
Saturated Fat 31g
153%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 29g
Cholesterol 224mg
75%
Sodium 1061mg
44%
Total Carbohydrates 100g
33%
Dietary Fiber 12g
49%
Sugars 15g
Protein 61g
Vitamin A
53%
Vitamin C
47%
Calcium
102%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the tomato sauce
  1. 2 medium onions
  2. 3 tbsp olive oil
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  5. Handful fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces.
For the aubergine
  1. 1 large or 2 small aubergines - about 500g in total
  2. 1-2 tbsp olive oil
For the ricotta filling
  1. 250g ricotta cheese
  2. 1 large egg
  3. pinch ground black pepper
To assemble
  1. 4-6 sheets lasagne
  2. 2 balls mozzarella, cut into 0.5cm slices
Instructions
  1. First make the tomato sauce. Peel and finely chop the onions. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Fry the onions for a few minutes until soft, then add the garlic, crushed, and the chopped tomatoes. Stir well, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and process briefly with a stick blender (optional) then stir in the torn basil leaves and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the aubergines into 1cm thick slices. Preheat the grill to high. Brush the slices with olive oil on both sides, and arrange on a baking sheet. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side until soft and browning.
  3. Combine the ricotta cheese, egg and black pepper and mix well.
To assemble the lasagnes
  1. Put 2tbsp of the tomato sauce into the bottom of each dish. Add a layer of pasta, followed by a layer of aubergine slices, then a layer of ricotta. Repeat the layers once more. Finally, arrange a layer of slices mozzarella on the top.
  2. Bake the lasagnes at 180C for 25-30 minutes until piping hot and browning on the top.
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calories
1252
fat
69g
protein
61g
carbs
100g
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I’m entering this delicious lasagne into the In my veg box – aubergines challenge, hosted by Full Scoops and organised by Citrusspiceuk.

4 Comments:

  1. This looks so delicious! The cheese is making me drool!
    Thanks for linking this recipe to The Veg Box Event!

  2. This looks absolutely gorgeous, love the bubbly cheese topping!

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