Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vegan Eggplant Lasagna

I love lasagna. I always have.  But not being able to eat dairy kept me from enjoying it for a long time.  Until I learned a recipe for macadamia nut ricotta that is.  Camille and I have modified it slightly from the original recipe over the years and the version on her blog is our updated recipe.  For this lasagna, I recommend making the ricotta softer than for other recipes, closer to cottage cheese consistency.  Adding water does the trick.

Eggplant Lasagna with Macadamia Nut Ricotta

1 large eggplant
1/2 box lasagna noodles (this batch was made with regular noodles, but I prefer the rice lasagna)
tomato sauce (either homemade or one jar of storebought)
1 batch macadamia nut ricotta

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Boil the noodles according to the directions on the box and drain.  Chop the eggplant into 1/4 inch cubes, toss with kosher salt, and leave to drain one half hour in a strainer over a bowl.  Squeeze the excess liquid out of them with a cheese cloth.  Saute the eggplant cubes in a little olive oil until they are tender. Layer the noodles, eggplant, sauce, and ricotta in layers in a casserole dish and cook in the preheated oven 20 minutes.  Enjoy!

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