Cheesy Baked Eggplant
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- 1 eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 small tomatoes, chopped
- 1 (10 ounce) package fresh spinach leaves
- 1⁄2 cup ricotta cheese
- 3⁄4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 3⁄4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
- 3⁄4 cup pasta sauce
- 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Brush eggplant slices with olive oil on both sides, and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle garlic powder over the top. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes and spinach. Cook and stir for a few minutes until fragrant, and the tomatoes have released their juices. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
- Place the eggplant slices in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with the spinach mixture. Spoon the cheese mixture over the spinach, and spread into a thin layer. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the cheese layer. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the top. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
- Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until heated through and the eggplant is easily pierced with a fork.
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Made this for a dinner party - I could have easily eaten the entire pan myself. DH was amazed that I was willing to try an unknown recipe, and was looking at me in amazement while I was wilting the spinach, totally unsure that it would cook down. I liked the fact that there was no breading or frying of the eggplant. The little leftovers we had reheated fairly nicely as well. Thanks for posting !
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I'm adjusting to cooking for one, even when I only cooked for two, i made enough for an army. I live with my three cats [[i know, you're thinking crazy cat lady]] I love to cook for parties; appetizers, drinks, sweets...cooking for people makes me so much happier than just cooking for myself. Sundays are my all day cook-a-thons. Nothing beats a lazy Sunday, spent making an all day dish and watching football [[I'm torn between Packers and Jets, but I'm leaning toward the latter]] <br> <br>I'm trying to improve my baking skills [[or lackthereof]] Now that I'm on my own, with nothing but time to fill, I'm excited to try my hand at cakes && cookies && pies. <br> <br>I've also recently decided to cut meat out of my diet, so I'm on the lookout for declicious, easy vegetarian//vegan recipes. It really is amazing how once you stop focusing on meat in a meal, your eyes sort of open up for so many possibilities. I love it. <br> <br> <br>I'm a real simple lady.