We eat vegan food often, and I can tell you without hesitation this recipe from TheCheekyKitchen.com is one of my favorite vegan recipes ever. It is the epitome of comfort food, capturing all the garlicky saucy goodness of lasagna without the heaviness of cheese and meat. Perfect for company or a special occasion, or really any occasion for that matter… hey it’s Friday, let’s celebrate with some eggplant lasagna!
Rustic Bread Eggplant Lasagna
Container count per serving: 1½ yellow, ¾ purple, 1¾ green
- 5 Tbs olive oil + ¼ cup for drizzling
- 8-10 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (28-oz) cans Muir Glen Crushed Tomatoes with Basil, blended
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 tsp Italian Herb mix
- 2 eggplants, sliced to 1/2″ thick
- 2 pounds fresh spinach, cleaned and chopped
- 12 slices of day-old rustic sourdough bread
- Olive oil nonstick cooking spray
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 large tomatoes, sliced very thin
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ⅓ cup fresh basil, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- FOR THE SAUCE In a large pot, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil to medium then toss in about one-fourth of the garlic cloves. Cook for 2-3 minutes in the hot oil, stirring constantly to keep the garlic from burning. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, and Italian Herb Mix and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- FOR THE EGGPLANT Place the eggplant slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of olive oil, salt and pepper, then slide pan into preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until eggplant is tender and slightly golden brown around the edges.
- FOR THE BREAD While your eggplant is roasting, spray each slice of sourdough bread on both sides with nonstick olive oil spray. Cook in a heated grill pan until toasty and golden brown on both sides.
- FOR THE SPINACH In a large saucepan or wok, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, sweat the garlic in the hot oil for 1-2 minutes, then add the chopped spinach and cook until wilted.
- To assemble: Spread 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a large casserole pan. Layer with bread until the dish is completely covered. Add half of the tomato sauce mixture on top. Layer all of the eggplant and spinach on top of the sauce. Add a second layer of bread over the spinach layer. Top with remaining sauce, making sure that you’ve covered the bread entirely with the sauce.
- Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Place sliced tomatoes across the top of the breadcrumbs. Salt and pepper generously.
- Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then drizzle balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes, sprinkle fresh basil, then slice, serve, and enjoy with a crisp salad and sparkling lemon water.
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