This eggplant lasagna has delicious layers of melted cheese, savory eggplant slices, and a rich meat sauce with spinach. Without lasagna noodles, it's perfect for anyone on a gluten free or low carb diet.
- 1 medium eggplant (1 pound)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon table salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Prepare Eggplant: Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut off and discard eggplant's ends. Stand eggplant vertically, and cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices, resulting in about 14 slices (Note 5).
- Bake Eggplant: Arrange eggplant slices in single layer on two baking half sheets (Note 6) lined with
parchment paper. Brush tops with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 F for 7 minutes, flip eggplant slices, and bake another 7 minutes (Note 7). Cool at room temperature; meanwhile, proceed to next step.
- Make Meat Sauce: Add olive oil to coat bottom of high-sided pan (Note 8) over medium heat. Add ground beef, crumbling meat and cooking until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce. Bring to simmer over medium-high heat, then gradually reduce heat as needed to maintain simmer. Simmer until sauce is noticeably thicker (Note 9), about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in oregano, salt, and cayenne. Stir in spinach until wilted, a few minutes. Turn off heat.
- Assemble Lasagna: Arrange eggplant slices along bottom of
8×8 inch baking dish(Note 10), slightly overlapping in criss-cross pattern. Evenly pour about half of meat sauce over eggplant layer. Add 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of meat sauce. Repeat with another eggplant layer, meat sauce layer, and cheese layer. Top with remaining eggplant slices. Evenly pour beaten eggs on top. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese on top.
- Bake Lasagna: Bake uncovered at 400 F until lasagna is heated through and bubbling up sides, about 15 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before slicing, then serve (Note 11).
|Makes 4 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving:|
|Calories 520 (57% from fat)|
|Total Fat 33g||50%|
|Saturated Fat 12g||61%|
|Net Carb 11g|
|Total Carb 18g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||28%|
This looks great. I’m not keto but my daughter is and I cook for her often. I’m willing to try some keto but can’t be totally due to health issues. I am going to try but want to know could I do kale instead of spinach. Either way I’m looking forward to making it. Thanks for such a great recipe.
Kale instead of spinach should be fine. Just make sure it’s properly cooked before assembling it into the lasagna, checking if its texture tastes good and cooked well enough. You may want to remove some tough pieces or cut the kale finely so it’s easier to cook and eat. Please let me know how it turns out for you.
Hi!! Would the same steps apply if I used ground turkey instead of beef?
Yes! Same steps. Hope you enjoy it!
Have you ever tried freezing these?
Is it necessary to pre cook eggplant as I am making this ahead of time to stick in the oven when needed.
Yes, it is necessary. You can still make this ahead of time, though. Just roast the eggplant slices and after assembling the lasagna, cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Just before serving, bake the recommended amount of time listed in the recipe plus an additional 5-10 minutes since it’s cold.
I’m just starting a keto diet….this is where I am getting the best recipes and by putting a meal plan together a lot of recipes have same ingredients…..money saved big time. Thank you Julia truly inspirational.
Hi Julia, The recipe sounds great until I have to pour the eggs over the top which to me would give it a scrambled egg layer. I am not overly fond of eggs so I think I will leave that step out unless you can give me a logical reason why I need them. lol Thank you for your recipes and taking the time to make them, and answering questions.
Hi Leslie! I like the taste and texture with the egg poured on top, but it’s not necessary and you can skip it.
Hi Julia, I’m glad you answered Leslie’s question as I am very sensitive to eggs. I would’ve asked the same question or asked if there was a substitute ingredient for the eggs.