Stovetop Eggplant Parmesan


Linda Gassenheimer’s Dinner in Miinutes

Main dish

Stovetop Eggplant Parmesan

3/4 pound eggplant (about 41/2 cups cubed)

Vegetable oil spray

2 cups chopped frozen onion

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 cups low-sodium crushed tomatoes

Several drops hot pepper sauce

1 cup part-skim milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons skim milk

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Heat broiler. Wash eggplant; do not peel. Cut into pieces about 1/2-inch thick by 1-inch.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with vegetable oil spray. Brown eggplant in skillet, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in crushed tomatoes and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a simmer, lower heat to medium, cover and cook 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix ricotta and Parmesan cheeses together. Stir in milk.

When eggplant mixture is finished, add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and spread cheese mixture over the top. Place under the broiler, about 6 inches from the heat to until a golden crust forms, 2 to 3 minutes. Watch to make sure cheese does not burn. Remove from broiler and sprinkle basil on top. Serve with brown rice. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 436 calories (36 percent from fat), 17.6 g fat (9.9 g saturated, 2.8 g monounsaturated), 54 mg cholesterol, 28.2 g protein, 45.6 g carbohydrates, 11.7 g fiber, 510 mg sodium.

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