Baked Eggplant with Orzo -- This Baked Orzo with Eggplant is a great meat-free meal option that also makes for great next-day leftovers. But you can also enjoy it as a side dish to any meal | wearenotmartha.com
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Baked Orzo with Eggplant Recipe

This Baked Orzo with Eggplant is a great meat-free meal option that also makes for great next-day leftovers. But you can also enjoy it as a side dish to any meal!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Eggplant Draining30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Entree, Side
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Eggplant Entrees, Eggplant Side Dishes, Vegetarian Dinners
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/4 lb.)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz. orzo
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 oz. firm mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

Instructions

  • Dice eggplant and sprinkle it generously with salt. Let sit in a colander for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, rinse eggplant and pat it dry.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 C olive oil and once oil is shimmering, add eggplant. Fry the eggplant for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove eggplant from pan with slotted spoon to paper towel lined plate.
  • Add carrots and celery to skillet and cook for about 3 minutes. If you find yourself needing a little more oil, add it here.
  • Add in garlic and onion and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in orzo and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Take the skillet off the heat and add in oregano, lemon zest, mozzarella, parmesan, tomatoes, eggplant, lemon zest, and some salt and pepper. Pour in the vegetable stock and stir well.
  • Put mixture in an 8×11 baking dish, cover in foil, and put it in the oven at  for about 40 minutes, 20 minutes with the foil covering the dish and 20 minutes with the foil removed.

Notes

  • Recipe from Smitten Kitchen
  • You can prep this dish the night before, cover it, and keep it in the fridge overnight. You may need to add 5-10 minutes onto the bake time.