Little bundles of oven-baked eggplant slices are filled with ricotta and smothered in tomato sauce for a bubbly, cheesy main course, that is sure to wet your appetite for summer.

For that hearty, comforting lasagna taste with a fraction of the carbs. This recipe certainly isn't short for flavor. Serve alongside a light green salad with avocado, olive oil, and salt to round out the meal. 

Start by lightly frying the eggplant slices until they are golden brown (try to make the slices an even thickness throughout to avoid scorching them like I did). 

eggplant

Mix up the filling, adjusting to taste with salt and pepper as you go.

Using about a tablespoon dollop, roll the eggplant slices around the filling, careful not to press down too firmly. 

Finish with marinara sauce, grated mozzarella, and a quick, 15-minute bake in the oven until golden brown. 

Ingredients

Ricotta - 2 cups (248g) ricotta cheese, full-fat Oil - 4 Tablespoons (60g) olive oil Parmesan - 8 Tablespoons (40g or ½ cup) grated parmesan Egg -1 large (56g) Eggplant - 1 medium (1 ¼-pound) eggplant, peeled Salt - 2 teaspoons (10g) salt, divided Pepper - 1 teaspoon (5g) Basil - 3 Tablespoons (7g), chopped Mozzarella - 1 ½ cups (162g), shredded, full-fat Marinara-sauce - 1 cup (230g), no sugar added

Instructions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2
Peel the eggplant and cut lengthwise into ¼ inch slices.
Step 3
Sprinkle with 1 tsp salt to help remove excess moisture and bitterness, setting aside for ~10-15 minutes.
Step 4
Once moisture forms on the eggplant, wipe off the salt and press down to remove as much liquid as possible.
Step 5
Coat the bottom of a pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil and lay the eggplant on top, careful not to overlap.
Step 6
Top with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and roast for 15 minutes until lightly golden.
Step 7
Meanwhile, mix ricotta and beaten egg together.
Step 8
Add parmesan, basil and a half cup of the mozzarella and gently fold together, careful not to over-mix.
Step 9
Once the eggplant has cooked and cooled, spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture onto one end of the eggplant and roll up tightly.
Step 10
Using either a pie plate or a baking dish, place rolled eggplant rollatini seam side down.
Step 11
Evenly distribute the tomato sauce on top of the rollatini and season with remaining salt and pepper.
Step 12
Sprinkle remaining cup of mozzarella over the top and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Dietary Restrictions

Modified Atkins Diet (MAD)