This Easy Eggplant Involtini recipe is a breeze to make yet keeps all of the original delicious flavors. The eggplant is baked then rolled around creamy ricotta and simmered in a basic tomato sauce. Serve it with a side of garlic bread and a Caesar salad for a simple main course meal.
- 2 1-lb. round eggplants
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- A generous pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan, plus extra to serve
- 1/2 cup basil, plus extra to serve
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- A large pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 28-ouce can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup whole milk ricotta
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the tops and bottoms off the eggplants and thinly slice them lengthwise. Drizzle them with the olive oil and sprinkle with the sea salt. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until soft.
- While the eggplants are roasting, prepare the rest of the meal. Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add all the other tomato sauce ingredients and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gently simmer.
- In a medium-sized bowl, stir all the ricotta filling ingredients together.
To assemble the easy eggplant involtini:
- When the eggplants come out of the oven, set them aside to cool for a minute. (Keep the oven on.) Pour the tomato sauce into an oven proof baking dish.
- Divide the ricotta filling between the eggplant slices, heaping the filling on the wide end of the eggplant, and top with the basil. Carefully roll the eggplant around the filling and place, seam-side down, in the tomato sauce in the baking dish.
- Sprinkle the parmesan over the top and bake in the oven until bubbly, about 15 minutes. Serve with extra parmesan and some basil sprinkled over the top.