Eggplant Involtini Stewed in Tomato Sauce

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $0.85 per serving
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2Eggplants, thinly sliced length wise
1 jar (500ml)Tomato sauce
1 cupRicotta cheese (or cottage cheese for a lower fat option)
1/2 cupBasil, roughly chopped
1Zucchini, grated
2 tspDried Oregano
1Medium sized Onion, roughly chopped
2 clovesGarlic, roughly chopped
1 tspDried chili flakes (optional)
1 tbspOlive Oil
1 tbspParmigiano Reggiano cheese (optional)
To tasteSalt and Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Thinly slice your eggplant lengthwise, about ¼ inch thick (use a mandolin if you are uncomfortable using a knife).
  3. Sprinkle eggplant slices with a little salt, black pepper and olive oil. Either grill, pan fry, or bake (15 minutes)the eggplant until just cooked through.
  4. Combine ricotta cheese, oregano, egg, grated zucchini and a little salt and pepper to make the filling.
  5. Place about 1 tbsp of filling at one end of each eggplant slice and tightly roll up the eggplant into a neat package.
  6. In a baking dish add tomato sauce, onion, garlic and chili (optional). Lay out your eggplant involtini (seam side down) and sprinkle the top with some parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Garnish with some fresh basil and enjoy.


  • ​Lycopene is a fat-soluble carotenoid found in tomatoes, so adding a small amount of oil or fat (such as the olive oil and cheese in this recipe) to lycopene-rich foods further increases the amount your body will absorb.
  • Tomatoes also contain potassium, vitamins, other carotenoids and antioxidants. It is not known whether these other compounds cause the health benefits or act together with lycopene. That's why whole foods are always a better choice than supplements!
  • Taking antioxidant supplements during radiation treatment is not recommended, as supplements contain high amounts of antioxidants. Getting these nutrients from foods is considered safe because foods contain smaller amounts.