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Noodle-Less Eggplant Lasagna

Thin-sliced eggplant replaces the pasta in this hearty veggie-filled casserole.

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Noodle-Less Eggplant Lasagna
As much as I love tucking into a delicious, carb-filled slab of lasagna, it isn’t exactly the lightest meal, even if it is satisfying. However, when you sub in thinly sliced eggplant for the pasta sheets and keep the cheesy, saucy goodness, you can have a light, yet hearty dish on the table with just a fraction of the carbs. 

Even though lasagna seems like a time-vampire of a task, this dish comes together quickly with the help of my handy ceramic mandolin slicer and prepared marinara sauce. The mandolin makes super-thin slices of eggplant, perfect for replicating those pasta layers while adding a bit more health to an otherwise indulgent meal. I love kitchen tools like the mandolin, as no matter how much I sharpen my knife skills, I could never get the paper thin slices this guy can manage. When a tool can make a task both easier and pretty, it’s always a win in my book! 

We start, unsurprisingly, with eggplants and the mandolin.

handheld mandolin and eggplants
Then, we slice ‘em up! Eggplant wafers…so pretty and perfect. sliced eggplant
Before we layer, a brief stint in the oven makes sure the eggplant is tender and delicious in the finished dish, and also ensures that the lasagna isn’t watery. A sprinkle of salt encourages the release of any excess moisture. sliced eggplant on baking sheet
Slightly shriveled (in a good way) and barely tender eggplant slices. sliced eggplant after being roasted
The cheesy filling is a simple mix of thawed and drained Green Giant chopped spinach, ricotta and parmesan. cheese filling
It’s time to layer! Begin with a smear of sauce in the bottom of the pan. layering eggplant with sauce
Follow that up by an overlapping layer of eggplant. another layer of eggplant
Next up, cheese and sauce. Repeat ‘til you’re out of ingredients. spreading sauce and cheese filling
Finally, a crown of mozzarella pearls for extra cheesiness. sprinkling cheese pearls on top
After a bake in the oven, your bubbly, veggie-packed lasagna is ready to serve. Noodle-Less Eggplant Lasagna

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