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Eggplant Lasagna with Prosciutto and Mozzarella

July 15, 2019

Incredibly delicious Eggplant Lasagna made with layers of eggplant instead of pasta! This low carb lasagna is super comforting made with prosciutto, mozzarella, and a creamy cheese sauce. Perfect comfort food for a rainy day…..or any day for that matter! 

An overhead shot of eggplantt lasagna with grilled ciabatta bread

It’s no surprise that I am addicted to lasagna of ALL kinds be it a Classic Beef Lasagne made with fresh spinach pasta or something different like my Butternut Squash and Goats Cheese Lasagna.

I can honestly say that it’s my all-time favourite comfort food maybe even over Eggplant Parmigiana or Pizza (say whaaat?)……I said maybe.

What I LOVE about this eggplant lasagna is that I’ve replaced the pasta with eggplant making it “lighter” and low carb. There’s also no meat sauce to make I use only prosciutto and mozzarella which doesn’t sound like much but OMG it is absolutely delicious and very filling!

I will admit that just like any other lasagna there are quite a few steps to making this. You have to bake eggplant (for only 10 mins) and make two simple sauces BUT everything is easy and I’ve got a ton of helpful tips to help you make it perfectly first time! 

And as always I have a step by step photos to guide you through the recipe so you can see what everything should look like too. The recipe takes just over an hour but is super simple and WELL worth the effort.

How to Prepare Eggplant to Make Lasagna

Should you salt eggplant? – The simple answer is no. There’s no need to salt the eggplant for this recipe, I tested it many times and there’s no difference. If you cut the eggplant thin enough and bake it you won’t have a watery lasagna at all!

Should you peel the eggplant? – I mean, you can if you want to but I don’t. It’s an extra step and the skin has a ton of nutritional value so I keep it on. If you prefer to peel it then I find a sharp knife works best over a peeler.

I prepare the eggplant by slicing it very thin (a sharp knife is a must or it’ll be tricky) laying it on a lined baking tray, sprinkle with salt and oregano and baking it in the oven for 10 minutes until soft.  So simple and easy.

How to Make Eggplant Lasagna – Step by Step

Thinly slice the eggplant to ¼ inch (½ cm) thick. Spray or lightly drizzle the baking tray with olive oil and place the eggplant slices evenly on the tray. Sprinkle with salt then drizzle with more olive oil (about 1 tbsp per tray). Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until soft then set aside (photos 1-2).

Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Heat olive oil in a medium-sized pan or skillet and add the finely chopped garlic cloves followed by the fennel seeds and oregano. Fry for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant but not browned (photo 3).

Step by step photos for making an eggplant lasagna

Add the white wine and reduce by half (simmer the liquid until only half remains). Add the chopped tomatoes then add a splash of water to the empty can (around 1-2 tbsp) swirl it around to get the last drops of tomato then add that to the sauce with the tomato paste and a good pinch of salt and pepper (photos 4 & 5).

Stir everything together then use a potato masher to crush any big chunks of tomato (this step is optional it just makes the sauce smoother). Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes then set aside (photo 6).

Now make the white sauce. Add the butter to a saucepan on a low-medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour to a thick paste and continue to cook for 1 minute (photos 7 & 8).

Slowly while whisking add the milk a little at a time allowing the sauce to thicken each time (I usually do this in 3 pours) (photo 9).

Once the last amount of milk has been added and the sauce is starting to thicken add the nutmeg, salt, pepper and grated gruyere cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted then set aside (photos 10 & 11).

How to Assemble the Lasagna

You can do this in individual dishes or one large dish. First, add a small layer of tomato sauce (this should be spread sparsely don’t add a lot of sauce) then add a layer of sliced eggplant (photos 12 & 13).

Next, add another sparse layer of tomato sauce then tear up slices of prosciutto and dot them around. I use 1 slice per layer if doing individual dishes or 3-4 slices if doing one large dish (photo 14 & 15).

Step by step photos for assembling and eggplant lasagna

Top the prosciutto with slices of mozzarella (2 thin slices for individual dishes or 6-8 for one large dish). Finally, top with a layer of white sauce (photos 16 & 17).

Add another layer of eggplant then follow with the tomato sauce, prosciutto, mozzarella, and white sauce. Finish with the eggplant again and finally top with more white sauce, a sprinkling of parmesan and any leftover slices of prosciutto (photo 18).

If using individual dishes lay them on a baking tray (or 2) and cover with foil (cover a large dish with foil too) then bake in the oven. Remove foil and 10 minutes before the end of cooking and bake again until the prosciutto is crispy.

Top Tip: If you want to make the white sauce without butter or you just realised you don’t have any butter to make it then use this recipe here for making white sauce!

An overhead shot of eggplant lasagna in a blue dish with a fork

Top Tips for Making Eggplant Lasagna

  • There’s no need to salt the eggplant before baking just make sure to slice them thin.
  • You can keep the skin on (my preference) or peel it, it’s up to you.
  • You can bake the eggplant and make the sauces in advance to speed things up when you are ready to eat.
  • When making the white sauce make sure to use a whisk and not a wooden spoon for an extra smooth and creamy sauce without lumps.
  • Other than gruyere, fontina would work really well or just go with parmesan.
  • Always grate the parmesan yourself and never buy pre-grated as it doesn’t taste nearly as good!
  • Nutmeg is a secret ingredient to an amazing white sauce so don’t skip it if possible.
  • Use HIGH QUALITY canned tomatoes. The sauce isn’t cooked for long so you want to make sure it tastes incredible by buying the best quality.
  • To save time you can use sieved tomatoes (pureed tomatoes) or passata instead of making tomato sauce just make sure that you use a quality brand.
  • You can prep the whole lasagna in advance and store it in the fridge until you are ready to bake.
  • Leftover lasagna will store well in the fridge for 1-2 days or can be frozen suitable containers.

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Eggplant Lasagna with Prosciutto and Mozzarella

Incredibly delicious Eggplant Lasagna made with layers of eggplant instead of pasta! This low carb lasagna is super comforting made with prosciutto, mozzarella, and a creamy cheese sauce. Perfect comfort food for a rainy day.....or any day for that matter! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 servings
Calories 468
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

Lasagna

  • 3 small/medium eggplant / aubergine (or 2 large)
  • 8.8 oz (2 balls) mozzarella (250g) cut into thin slices
  • 4.2 oz prosciutto (120g)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper

Tomato Sauce

White Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter (50g)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour (50g)
  • 2 cups semi-skimmed milk (400ml)
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg grated
  • 3/4 cup gruyere cheese (50g) grated

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375F and line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Thinly slice the eggplant to ¼ inch (½ cm thick. Spray or lightly drizzle the baking tray with olive oil and place the eggplant slices evenly on the tray. Sprinkle with salt then drizzle with more olive oil (about 1 tbsp per tray). Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until soft then set aside.
  • Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Heat olive oil in a medium-sized pan or skillet and add the finely chopped garlic cloves followed by the fennel seeds and oregano. Fry for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant but not browned.
  • Add the white wine and reduce by half (simmer the liquid until only half remains). Add the chopped tomatoes then add a splash of water to the empty can (around 1-2 tbsp). Swirl it around to get the last drops of tomato then add that to the sauce with the tomato paste and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Stir everything together then use a potato masher to crush any big chunks of tomato (this step is optional it just makes the sauce smoother). Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes then set aside.
  • Now make the white sauce. Add the butter to a saucepan on a low-medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour to a thick paste and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly while whisking add the milk a little at a time allowing the sauce to thicken each time (I usually do this in 3 pours).
  • Once the last amount of milk has been added and the sauce is starting to thicken add the nutmeg, salt, pepper, and grated gruyere cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted then set aside.

Assemble the lasagna

  • You can do this in individual dishes or one large dish. First, add a small layer of tomato sauce (this should be spread sparsely don’t add a lot of sauce then add a layer of sliced eggplant.
  • Next add another sparse layer of tomato sauce then tear up slices of prosciutto and dot them around. I use 1 slice per layer if doing individual dishes or 3-4 slices if doing one large dish.
  • Top the prosciutto with slices of mozzarella (2 thin slices for individual dishes or 6-8 for one large dish). Finally, top with a layer of white sauce.
  • Add another layer of eggplant then follow with the tomato sauce, prosciutto, mozzarella and white sauce. Finish with the eggplant again and finally top with more white sauce, a sprinkling of parmesan and any leftover slices of prosciutto.
  • If using individual dishes lay them on a baking tray (or 2) and cover with foil (cover a large dish with foil to then bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the prosciutto is crispy.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes then serve.

Notes

  • There's no need to salt the eggplant before baking just make sure to slice them thin.
  • You can keep the skin on (my preference) or peel it, it's up to you.
  • You can bake the eggplant and make the sauces in advance to speed things up when you are ready to eat.
  • When making the white sauce make sure to use a whisk and not a wooden spoon for an extra smooth and creamy sauce without lumps.
  • Other than gruyere, fontina would work really well or just go with parmesan.
  • Always grate the parmesan yourself and never buy pre-grated as it doesn't taste nearly as good!
  • Nutmeg is a secret ingredient to an amazing white sauce so don't skip it if possible.
  • Use HIGH QUALITY canned tomatoes. The sauce isn't cooked for long so you want to make sure it tastes incredible by buying the best quality.
  • To save time you can use sieved tomatoes (pureed tomatoes) or passata instead of making tomato sauce just make sure that you use a quality brand.
  • You can prep the whole lasagna in advance and store it in the fridge until you are ready to bake.
  • Leftover lasagna will store well in the fridge for 1-2 days or can be frozen suitable containers.

Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 668mg | Potassium: 880mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 825IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 453mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    July 21, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Oooft-a-chooft!!! Just made this for dinner and it was deeeelicious! Thought there might be leftovers…but nope! all gone😋too yummy! Thank you! another winner😁👍

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    Patty at Spoonabilities
    July 15, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    OMG. I am book-marking this recipe. I will probably end up making it this week. Ahhh so excited. It looks great!

  • Reply
    Chris
    July 15, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Eggplant lasagana is one of my all time favourite comfort foods! Your version looks truly delicious 🙂

  • Reply
    Beth Pierce
    July 15, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    What a perfectly flavored recipe! This has quickly become a family favorite in our home! Can’t wait to have it again this week!

  • Reply
    Jule
    July 15, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    My mom loves eggplant lasagna. I will have to make this for her as your recipe sounds delicious.

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