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Eggplant Lasagne

From; Culinate Magazine; lasagne takes some time, but is always worth it! This can be prepared a day ahead, covered with foil, and refrigerated until ready to bake.

2 lb eggplant, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Kosher or coarse salt
Olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 red peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can(28 ounces) plum chopped plum tomatoes
1 small bunch basil, chopped
Black pepper
8 ounces dried pasta sheets, cooked and drained
8 ounces part skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
8 ounces provolone, thinly sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Place the eggplant slices in a colander and sprinkle with salt; let stand for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce. In a large sauté pan, pour in enough oil to cover the bottom. Over medium heat, sauté the onion and red peppers until they begin to soften. Add the garlic, stir, and cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and their juices and bring the sauce to a boil. Lower the heat and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the sauce is fairly thick. Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped basil; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Blot the eggplant slices dry, then place on a large baking sheet and brush both sides of the slices with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the slices and bake for another 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9-by-12-inch baking dish. Spread ½ cup of the tomato sauce over the bottom of the pan, then cover with a layer of pasta. Distribute a third of the cooked eggplant slices over the pasta, spoon a little sauce over the eggplant, then cover with a third of the mozzarella and provolone slices. Top with another layer of pasta, and repeat the layering process to form 3 layers in all. To finish the top layer, scatter the grated Parmesan over the provolone and mozzarella cheeses.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes, checking periodically to make sure that the cheeses are not overbrowning on top; if so, cover pan with foil and continue baking. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.