Thursday, March 13, 2014

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole #NewTraDish @RaguSauce @Ragu


This post is sponsored by Ragu. All opinions are my own.


Ever since the first time I ever had Eggplant Parmesan, I was completely in love. So with the help of Ragú, I was able to recreate their lovely Baked Eggplant Parmesan and make it all mine! So I decided to make it a casserole instead!


Ingredients
2 large eggplants
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
3 cups Ragú Old World Style Traditional Pasta Sauce
1/2 cup water, plus more as needed
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut slices from center area of each eggplant. Peel and dice. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle eggplant slices lightly with a pinch of salt and cook in hot skillet in batches until slightly softened, about 3 minutes per side. Set eggplant slices aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet and cook garlic for about 10 seconds; add diced eggplant and season with a pinch of salt. Saute until eggplant is softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in Ragú and water. Turn heat to medium-low and cook until eggplant is tender, about 15 minutes; stir occasionally. If sauce gets too thick, add a little more water. Combine ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt, and a pinch black pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Spread about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture over each eggplant slice. Fold eggplant slices in half to enclose the cheese mixture. Spread about half the sauce into an 8x8-inch baking dish. Lay folded eggplant slices in a single layer into the dish. Spread remaining sauce over eggplant slices. Combine bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl; mix thoroughly. Spread crumb mixture over eggplant casserole. Bake in the preheated oven until casserole is bubbling and crumbs are browned, 35 to 40 minutes.

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12 comments:

  1. I've never had eggplant before but I LOVE lasagna!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

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  2. Yummmmy, it basically looks like lasagna but sneaking in some healthy eggplant. Love it! I've never tried eggplant so this could be a good ease in for me, haha.

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  3. OMG, need to make this ASAP!

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  4. I remember my first attempt at eggplant... it was horrible! Since then, I've learned how to prepare it and I absolutely love it! Your dish looks delicious.

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  5. Not a big eggplant person, but I guess I ought to try! Looks yummy!

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  6. This looks sooo yummy and is a great twist on chicken parm.

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  7. Looks delicious!!! My husband loves Eggplant Parmesan - I'll have to try this!

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  8. I love ordering Eggplant park when we go out to eat, but I've never made it myself...I'll have to give it a try!

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