Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Eggplant Involtini

Yum; that's all  I have to say.   This recipe, adapted from Bev Cooks, is filling and hearty (Austin said he didn't even know there wasn't meat in it) and tastes so fresh.  It's a perfect summer dish!

Eggplant Involtini

1 eggplant, sliced thinly into 6-8 strips
2 tomatoes, cut into small pieces
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup ricotta cheese, skim milk
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 green pepper, diced
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 egg
1 garlic clove, minced
Basil (fresh is preferable, I couldn't find any at the store, so I used freeze dried basil, and it worked perfectly!)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (my meal had mexican blend cheese)
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 375.  Use food processor to smooth fresh tomatoes.  Add diced tomatoes to food processor and continue to pulse.  Spoon about a cup of tomato sauce over the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish.

In batches, place slices of eggplant on a microwave safe dish and cook on high for 3 to 4 minutes, until pliable. Continue with the remaining slices.  After eggplant cooks, pat dry with paper towels.

Meanwhile, combine the ricotta, parmesan, egg, garlic, basil, green pepper, crushed red pepper, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl or cup. 

Spoon the ricotta mixture in the center of each eggplant slice. Sprinkle with basil. Roll slices up and place in the baking dish, seam side down.

Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the roll ups. Sprinkle with cheese- both shredded and some additional parm cheese

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted.  Just retying the recipe is making my mouth water!

Serves 5, 6 points a serving.


  1. I'm always looking for veggie recipes where my husband won't miss the meat, and I'm always curious about ways to use eggplant, since I sometimes just buy them because they're so gorgeous :)

    1. The recipe does seem pretty hearty, and the fresh tomato sauce is awesome!

  2. Mmm, that sounds great! I'm trying to find more good eggplant recipes lately so I'll have to test that one

    1. Let me know how the recipe works for you!

  3. Seriously?? Where were you when I was a vegetarian!!! I would have gobbled this up! My meals were SO bland.
    ..Well I guess I don't NEED to be a vegetarian to enjoy this. I haven't had eggplant in SO long..

    1. Haha...I try not to cook meat all the time, especially with veggies coming out of my ears!!

  4. This looks so good! I don't need to be a vegetarian to love this one either! You're a cutie :)

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