45 minutes to prepare, Serves 6
1/4 cup olive oil
1 package frozen spinach, thawed
3 cups ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce or Rick's Red Sauce
2 cups parmesan cheese, grated, divided
3/4 cups fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400º F.
Step 2: Trim ends off eggplants. Cut lengthwise into approximately 1/4-inch thick slices.
Step 3: Place eggplant slices on baking sheets and season with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil.
Step 4: Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Step 5: In a large bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg, basil leaves, salt, pepper and 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Squeeze water out of spinach and add it to the cheese mixture.
Step 6: Place approximately 3 tablespoons of cheese and spinach mixture on each eggplant slice. Roll into a loose bundle and place seam-side down in a large baking dish.
Step 7: Top eggplant rolls with marinara sauce. Sprinkle on mozzarella and remaining parmesan cheese.
Step 8: Place baking dish in oven and bake 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.