How to Make Eggplant Rollatini (Best Homemade Recipe)

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See how to make eggplant rollatini from scratch with garden-grown eggplant, homemade marinara sauce, and a creamy cheese filling made from homemade ricotta cheese. This eggplant rollatini recipe is one of our favorite Italian dishes to make. 

How to Make Eggplant Rollatini

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Best Eggplant Rollatini Recipe Ingredients

To make this delicious eggplant rollatini recipe you will need:

Simple Tomato Sauce

  • 28oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ​1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ​1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • fresh basil

Eggplant & Breading

  • 2-3 medium eggplants
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3-5 eggs

Cheese Mixture

  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

​Plus additional parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella for topping.

ingredients for making eggplant rollatini


How to Prepare Eggplant for Homemade Eggplant Rollatini Recipe

First, trim the ends and cut the eggplant into approximately 1/4′ thick slices. 

slice eggplant

Place the 1/4-inch slices in a shallow baking dish with a saltwater soak for 20 minutes. Salting the eggplant tends to reduce both the natural bitterness of the eggplant as well as the sponginess. It draws out the excess moisture to yield a more tender texture when cooked. 

soak eggplant in salt water

How to Make Homemade Tomato Sauce for Eggplant Rollatini

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large sauce pot on medium heat. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and saute until translucent. We love our Caraway nonstick, non-toxic, ceramic cookware. You can find it online here: Caraway Cookware.

saute onions in large pot

Next, add the chopped garlic and canned whole tomatoes to the pot. Then add up to 1/4 cup water to the can to rinse the can and add the water to the sauce pot. 

tomato and onions sauce

Use a handheld immersion blender to blend the tomatoes, onions, and garlic until smooth. 

immersion blender for making sauce

Add 2 sprigs of fresh basil to the pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add 1 Tbsp salt, stir, and remove from heat.

homemade tomato sauce

​The Best Way to Bread Thin Slices of Eggplant 

Remove the eggplant from the saltwater soak and place on a paper towel stack to dry.

There are a few steps to the breading process. First, whisk a few eggs in a shallow bowl. Start with 3 eggs, and add more as needed. Pour the flour into a separate shallow bowl, and the breadcrumbs into another. 

Set up a large work surface with the bowls and a clean plate. You need a clean plate for the breaded strips of eggplant. 

how to add breading to eggplant

Start by dredging a piece of eggplant in the flour. Make sure to coat both sides. 

dredge eggplant in flour

Then transfer the eggplant to the bowl with the egg and again coat the entire piece of eggplant. 

eggplant in egg wash

Next, place the eggplant in the breadcrumbs and fully coat it before transferring it to a clean plate or bowl. 

breading eggplant slices

Repeat these steps for all of the tender eggplant slices. 

how to prepare eggplant slices for rollatini

How to Fry Eggplant

Pour 1/4-1/2″ oil into a large skillet and heat over medium heat. When the oil gets nice and hot carefully place the eggplant slices into the skillet.

fry eggplant in large skillet

Cook for 1-2 minutes until the edge of an eggplant slice sizzles and the breading turns golden brown. Flip the eggplant over and cook the same on the other side. Cook a few pieces at a time and do not layer the eggplant for this step. 

how to fry eggplant slices

Transfer the cooked eggplant slices to a large baking sheet layered with paper towels. 

breaded and fried eggplant slices

How to Make the Creamy Ricotta Filling 

The cheese filling ingredients are a very simple combination of different cheeses and an egg. 

ricotta cheese filling ingredients with mozzarella

​In a medium bowl combine the ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, egg, and fresh parsley. You can use store-bought ricotta or try our homemade ricotta recipe

how to make ricotta cheese filling

Next, sprinkle salt and pepper and some freshly grated parmesan. 

homemade ricotta cheese filling

Stir the cheese mixture until smooth and combined. 

creamy ricotta cheese mixture for eggplant casserole

How to Assemble Eggplant Rollatini Rolls 

First, spread a cup of the marinara sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish. 

tomato sauce in casserole dish

Then grab the fried eggplant slices and ricotta mixture. 

how to fill sliced eggplant rolls with cheese mixture

Spread a single layer of the cheese mixture on a slice of eggplant. 

ricotta cheese mixture on eggplant

Carefully roll the sliced eggplant with the cheese filling inside. Do this for each piece of eggplant. 

eggplant roll with cheese filling

Place the eggplant rolls in the casserole dish with the seam side down. 

eggplant rolls in casserole dish with tomato sauce

Continue until the whole dish is full of cheese-filled eggplant rolls. 

how to prepare eggplant rollatini casserole

Cover the rolls of eggplant with the tomato sauce. If you don’t use it all that’s fine. Use any leftover eggplant rollatini sauce for your pasta side dish. 

homemade simple tomato sauce recipe  for eggplant rollatini

Top the eggplant rollatini with more freshly grated parmesan.

grated parmesan over tomato sauce eggplant dish

And lastly, a few slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. 

fresh mozzarella cheese on baked eggplant recipe

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

The Best Homemade Eggplant Rollatini Recipe 

Remove from the oven when the cheese topping is melted and bubbling.

How to Make baked Eggplant Rollatini

Garnish with fresh basil and serve this eggplant dish with a little garlic bread, or any homemade bread

homemade eggplant rollatini recipe from scratch

This popular Italian dish is the ultimate comfort food. 

How to Make the best. homemade Eggplant Rollatini

This Italian eggplant rollatini recipe easily pairs well with any pasta dish or meat. 

the best eggplant rollatini recipe

Store any leftover eggplant in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. It is just as delicious the next day and the day after that if it lasts that long.

How to Make Eggplant Rollatini
How to Make Eggplant Rollatini (Best Homemade Recipe)

How to Make Eggplant Rollatini (Best Homemade Recipe)

Yield: 8

See how to make eggplant rollatini from scratch with garden-grown eggplant, homemade marinara sauce, and a creamy cheese filling.

Ingredients

Simple Tomato Sauce

  • 28oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ​1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ​1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • fresh basil

Eggplant & Breading

  • 2-3 medium eggplants
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3-5 eggs

Cheese Mixture

  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Topping

  • ​additional parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella for topping.

Instructions

  1. Prepare the eggplant by trimming the ends and cut into 1/4" thick slices.
  2. Soak eggplant slices in a shallow baking dish with water and 1-2 Tbsp salt for 20 minutes.
  3. Saute the chopped onions in a large pot with olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and whole tomatoes.
  4. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
  5. Add 2 sprigs of fresh basil, lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add 1 Tbsp salt and remove from the heat.
  6. To bread the eggplant slices, remove from saltwater soak and place on paper towels.
  7. Then in 3 shallow bowls: whisked eggs in one bowl, flour in another and breadcrumbs in another.
  8. One at a time dredge eggplant slices in flour, then coat with egg, then coat with breadcrumbs.
  9. Set aside on a clean plate.
  10. Pour 1/4-1/2" of oil into a large skillet and heat on medium heat.
  11. When hot carefully cook each slice of breaded eggplant one at a time. Cook for 1-2 minutes on one side until golden brown, then flip over and cook the other side the same.
  12. Remove from oil and place on paper towels.
  13. Make the cheese filling by mixing cheese mixture ingredients in a medium bowl and stir untl smooth.
  14. Spread a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish.
  15. Then spread a layer of the cheese mixture on one eggplant slice and roll the eggplant slice up.
  16. Place the eggplant roll into the casserole dish with seam side down.
  17. Do this for all eggplant slices.
  18. Cover the eggplant slices with more tomato sauce.
  19. Then add freshly grated parmesan and slices of fresh mozzarella cheese.
  20. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  21. Serve with a side of pasta, garlic bread of any meat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 933mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 22g

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2 Comments

  1. This sounds truly amazing!! I love eggplant but rarely buy or prepare it (since no one else in the house likes it).

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