Eggplant Parmigiana Pasta Bake

    Eggplant Parmigiana Pasta Bake


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    Eggplant baked with three cheeses and penne pasta makes for a hearty and substantial vegetarian dinner. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.

    Serves: 8 

    • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 500g uncooked penne pasta
    • 500g container ricotta cheese
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 500g mozzarella cheese, grated
    • 1/2 cup (60g) grated parmesan cheese
    • 800g tomato-based pasta sauce
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour45min 

    1. Place the eggplant slices in a colander, and sprinkle with salt. Let drain over a bowl in the refrigerator for at least an hour. I like to do this overnight.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook for about 6 minutes, or until almost tender. It will cook the rest of the way in the oven. Drain.
    3. Mix together the ricotta cheese and eggs in a small bowl. Stir in half of the mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
    4. Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 20x30cm baking dish. Arrange layers of eggplant, cheese, penne pasta, and more sauce all the way to the top of the dish. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
    5. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and cheese is lightly browned.

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