Recipe by: Courtney Flood
This recipe is a great dish to feed a crowd. It can be prepared completely in advance and easily doubled without any extra effort. It’s also an easy wine-pairing dish. It is great to use some of the fall vegetable bounty.
1 large eggplant
3 medium zucchini (or summer squash)
6 red or orange peppers
1 jar of prepared tomato sauce (or make your own)
1 500g package of oven-ready lasagna noodles
2 500g packages of ricotta cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 clove of garlic, minced
¼ cup minced flat leaf parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven on broiler.
While the oven is heating, slice zucchini and eggplant lengthwise and salt both sides. Lay on paper towels or clean dish towel to absorb released liquids.
Slice peppers in half and de-stem and seed. Lay peppers cut-side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Broil until skins start to blacken and bubble. Put peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam and cool until ready to handle.
Remove skins, they should slip off easily.
Lay eggplant and zucchini in single layer on baking sheet and broil in batches until just starting to brown, 5 minutes or so. Flip and broil on other side another 5 minutes. Turn over down to 375° F.
In a bowl, mix ricotta, 1 cup of mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, eggs, garlic and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In a lasagna pan, layer 1/4 pasta sauce, a single layer of pasta noodles, zucchini in a single layer, 1/3 of cheese mixture, layer of pasta noodles, 1/4 of pasta sauce, eggplant slices in a single layer, 1/3 cheese mixture, layer of pasta noodles, 1/4 layer of pasta sauce, roasted red pepper in a single layers, remaining cheese mixture, single layer of pasta noodles, remaining pasta sauce.
Sprinkle with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
Cover with a layer of aluminum foil, trying to leave at least 1” space between foil and cheese so that cheese does not stick.
Wine Pairing: Ruffino Ducale Riserva Chianti Classico 2010
Wine pairing theory:
The best pairing for this dish would be a light and tangy red, such as a Chianti or a Gamay Noir.
The acidity in the wine will pair nicely with the acidity in the tomato sauce, and the lightness of the wine will not overpower the delicate flavour of the vegetables.
This dish is not too fussy for wine pairing, and could also pair fine with any dry white wine or light red wine.
Courtney Flood is a wine and beer connoisseur, home cook, fitness lover, and number cruncher. She spends her days as an accountant, but also does wine and beer marketing in her spare time.
Courtney likes to unwind each night by making a healthy, home-cooked meal.