Roasted Eggplant Lasagna with Broiled Tomato Sauce

2 1-pound eggplants, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds part-skim ricotta cheese
1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
Broiled Tomato Sauce with Roasted Garlic
2 medium heads garlic, separated into cloves, unpeeled
1/4 cup olive oil
4 pounds plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
9 no-boil or oven-ready lasagna noodles
8 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese or smoked Gouda cheese, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush baking sheet with olive oil. Place eggplant pieces on paper towels. Sprinkle lightly with salt; let stand 20 minutes. Transfer eggplant to prepared sheet. Toss with 2 tablespoons oil. Roast eggplant until tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

Mix ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan, shallots and rosemary in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Oil 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce in dish. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles crosswise in single layer in dish. Spread half of ricotta mixture over noodles. Arrange half of eggplant over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon generous 1 cup sauce over. Arrange half of mozzarella over sauce. Repeat layering 1 more time. Top with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread remaining sauce over. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup Parmesan. Cover tightly with lightly oiled foil. (Can be made 1 day ahead; chill.)

Bake until noodles are tender and lasagna is heated through, about 45 minutes. Uncover; bake until cheese begins to brown and sauce is bubbling slightly at edges, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Broiled Tomato Sauce with Roasted Garlic
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine garlic and oil in small glass baking dish. Cover with foil and bake until garlic is very tender, about 40 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer garlic to work surface; reserve garlic oil. Peel garlic cloves.

Preheat broiler. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. Brush foil with some of reserved garlic oil. Arrange tomatoes, cut side down, on prepared sheets. Working in batches, broil tomatoes until skins are slightly charred, watching closely to avoid burning, about 10 minutes. Cool. Remove tomato skins and discard. Place tomatoes and any juices from baking sheets in processor. Add garlic, vinegar, honey and any remaining garlic oil. Puree sauce until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Makes about 4 cups.


Serves 8.



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