Jewish Eggplant Lasagna Recipe
Eggplant makes a great meat alternative!
- 2 tablespoons salt, or as needed
- 2 pounds eggplant, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup matzo meal
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms (Optional)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed
- 1 (26 ounce) jar tomato basil pasta sauce
- 1 (8 ounce) package fresh part-skim mozzarella, sliced
- Sprinkle salt over eggplant slices. Place in a colander or large bowl for 30 minutes and allow eggplant to release extra liquid.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Rinse eggplant slices with cold water and lightly press dry with paper towels or a clean dish towel.
- Whisk egg and water in a bowl.
- Measure matzo meal into a separate shallow bowl.
- Dip eggplant slices into egg mixture and then press both sides into matzo meal. Set aside breaded eggplant; do not stack.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat; cook and stir onion, red bell pepper, and mushrooms in hot oil until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the same frying pan over medium heat.
- Place a layer of eggplant slices in the pan and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook other side until browned, about 3 minutes, adding more olive oil as needed.
- Spread 1/2 cup of tomato basil sauce in bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
- Place a layer of cooked eggplant on top of pasta sauce.
- Cover eggplant layer with half of mushroom mixture.
- Layer the remaining eggplant slices on top of mushroom mixture, followed by remaining half of mushroom mixture.
- Pour pasta sauce over all the layers.
- Top casserole with sliced mozzarella cheese.
- Cover dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake in preheated oven until sauce is bubbling, about 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and remove aluminum foil. Return to oven until mozzarella cheese is lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
- Cool for 15 minutes to allow the lasagna to set up.