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Baked Ziti with Eggplant

Baked Ziti with Eggplant

by 6 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Bake: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 3/4 pound ziti
  • 1 eggplant (about 1 lb), cut into 12 sliced
  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 24 ounce jar  marinara sauce
  • 3/4 pound shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . In a pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, on a foil-lined baking sheet, rub the eggplant with 3 tbsp. EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Broil, turning once, until browned, about 7 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes. Add the marinara.
  4. Spread one-quarter of the sauce on the bottom of an 8-by-10-inch casserole dish. Layer with half of the pasta. Top with one-third each of the mozzarella and parmesan; repeat the layering, starting with more sauce. Layer on the eggplant and press firmly to pack down. Dollop the remaining sauce on top; sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until the cheese is browned and the sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes.