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How to make ricotta stuffed eggplant rolls

Grandma’s ricotta stuffed eggplant rolls. Easy to prepare and also very cheap.

You can use it as an appetizer or as a single dish.


SERVING: 5 to 8


  • 3 eggplants- Peel and slice lengthways about ½ inch thick
  • 1 1/2 lbs of fresh ricotta
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 4 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ lb. shredded mozzarella
  • ¾ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 oz. can of peeled tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 14 basil leaves
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  • 2 Tbsp of Dried Oregano



Slice and place the eggplants in a colander, salt lightly and set aside for about 20 minutes.

sliced eggplant sliced eggplant

Rinse the sliced eggplant, and drain for a few minutes. Pat dry with a clean dish towel or you can use paper towels.
In a frying pan, heat ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil over a medium flame and fry the eggplants until they are golden brown.

sliced eggplant sliced eggplant

Place fried eggplants on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.

Place the cooked eggplant in trays.

garlic in a cooking pan pepper beign sauteed

Preparing the tomato sauce.

In a small saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over a medium heat and sauté the garlic.


When the garlic is golden brown remove it and discard.

Add the can of crushed tomato and cook for about 7 minutes.

If sauce becomes to dry add a little water. Add salt and pepper to taste, cut and add 6 basil leaves and set aside.

Preparing the ricotta stuffing.

In a bowl, combine the fresh ricotta, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper to taste and mix it well.

ricotta, egg and parsley mixture egpplant with ricotta stuffing

Once the sliced eggplants have cooled, put a tablespoon of the ricotta mixture on top of each slice and spread it uniformly.

On the middle of each slice place some mozzarella cheese, sprinkle with grated parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

egpplant with ricotta stuffing and cheese eggplant rolls

Fold and roll up each slice, arrange the rolled eggplants in an oiled baking pan and cover the rolled eggplants with the tomato sauce that you prepared earlier.

eggplant rolls eggplant rolls

Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Garnish with basil leaves and the dried oregano.

Your eggplant rolls is  now ready to be served.

eggplant rolls

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  • Reply
    LaVonne Hallberg
    12/02/2020 at 5:01 pm

    Are these the Japanese eggplants?

  • Reply
    01/03/2021 at 3:44 pm

    can’t wait to make this

  • Reply
    02/05/2021 at 3:31 pm

    I love Italian food wish I was italian

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