Paleo Eggplant Lasagna

Paleo recipe complete with eggplant slices for “noodles,” the meaty Italian red sauce and creamy coconut milk “béchamel”

"Well, it looks really good, but is it worth all that effort? YES. Yes it is. Take my word for it. In fact, after you make this lasagna for the fifth time (because your family keeps requesting it), it’s not going to feel like any effort at all. With eggplant slices for “noodles,” the meaty Italian red sauce and creamy coconut milk “béchamel” make this one of the dishes I’m the most proud of in the whole entire book. Enjoy!" -Casey Joy Garcia

Recipe excerpted from cookbook Fed & Fit: A 28 Day Food & Fitness Plan to Jump-Start Your Life with Over 175 Squeaky-Clean Paleo Recipes by Casey Joy Garcia

 

6
Servings
548
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the red sauce

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • ½ small onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds hot Italian sausage (bulk or link)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 12 ounces tomato puree or tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

For the béchamel

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 (13½-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For assembly

  • 2 large eggplants (about 2 pounds), peeled, and sliced lengthwise into ¼-inch-thick planks (for the lasagna “noodles”)
  • 5 medium tomatoes, sliced about ¼ inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, for garnish

Directions

For the red sauce

To make the red sauce: Melt the tablespoon of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, then add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Empty the onion, garlic, and butter into a bowl.

If using link sausage, remove the sausage from the links. Add the sausage to the pot, break it up with a spoon, and cook over high heat until the sausage starts to crisp, after about 10 minutes. Drain the fat by pouring the sausage into a colander and return the meat to the pot.

Return the onion garlic mixture to the pot with the sausage. Add the drained diced tomato, tomato puree, balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the Italian seasoning, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine, bring to a simmer, then cover and set aside over low heat until ready for assembly. 

For the béchamel

To make the béchamel sauce: Melt the tablespoon of butter in a sauté pan. Once melted, whisk in the coconut milk, coconut butter, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, and then set aside. 

For assembly

To assemble the lasagna: Place a layer of eggplant noodles in the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch, or similar sized, casserole dish. Cover the noodles with about ¼ cup of the béchamel sauce followed by several full ladles of the meat sauce. Repeat until all the noodles are used up. For the final layer, add the sliced tomatoes across the top and then drizzle any remaining béchamel sauce over top. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until bubbly. Let the lasagna sit for at least 15 minutes, so that the juices can settle back down. Serve warm, garnished with fresh basil. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
39g
56%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
14g
58%
Cholesterol
135mg
45%
Carbohydrate, by difference
10g
8%
Protein
36g
78%
Vitamin A, RAE
32µg
5%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
20µg
22%
Calcium, Ca
63mg
6%
Choline, total
128mg
30%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
20µg
5%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
38mg
12%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Phosphorus, P
314mg
45%
Selenium, Se
37µg
67%
Sodium, Na
1532mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
3µg
20%
Water
136g
5%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

Paleo Shopping Tip

Choose foods that fall under these categories:

Grass-produced meats
Fish/seafood
Fresh fruits and veggies
Eggs
Nuts and seeds
Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Paleo Cooking Tip

Cook naturally with herbs and healthy oils.