- 1 eggplant
- 1 large can (28 oz) of crushed san marzano tomatoes
- 1 can (14oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 carrot-finely chopped
- 1 celery stalk-finely chopped
- 1 medium onion-chopped
- 3 garlic cloves-finely minced
- 1 TBS fresh chopped oregano or (1-1/2 tsp dried oregano)
- 2- TBS freshly torn basil or (2 tsp dried basil)
- 1-1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + 2 TBS for pan
- 2 TBS fresh chopped Italian parsley
- 1/2 freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 fresh mozzarella cheese
- In a medium skillet over medium high heat add olive oil, carrot, celery, onion and salt; sauté for 15 minutes, add garlic and stir.
- After about a minute (stirring frequently as not to let garlic burn) add in your herbs and stir them in to get warm and cozy with veggies then add your tomatoes and olive oil and bring to a gentle boil, turn down your temperature to a simmer over low heat and continue cooking your sauce for about an hour stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile with a mandolin (or if you do not have one slice very thin) slice your eggplant into thin sheets; cut in half lengthwise.
- Now you have an option to roast your eggplant at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes on a parchment lined cookie sheet (brushing each slice with olive oil and sprinkle with just a touch of salt and pepper), or you can sauté then in a pan over medium heat until tender with olive oil and S&P. Either is fine.
- Now in a prepared dish (oil or salt rubbed around the inside of an oven safe dish) add a spoonful of sauce followed by a few layers of eggplant.
- Sprinkle some parmesan cheese between layers as well. Repeat until you are finished topping off with any remaining parmesan and sliced mozzarella cheese.
- Cover and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
- Pull off cover and increase your oven temp to 375 degrees and cook about 20 more minutes until your cheese is a golden bubbly of amazing!!
- ***I will do this dish with peeled and diced eggplant that has been sautéed in oil oil/ or goat butter and it is a nice alternative