Eggplant Rollatini Quinoa Casserole
Easy and cheesy, this eggplant rollatini quinoa casserole is a healthier and fuss free version of classic eggplant rollatini! With no rolling required, it’s delicious for a regular dinner. Gluten free and vegetarian.
Note: This recipe is NOT dairy free. It was published before Cook Nourish Bliss transitioned to dairy free recipes and remains popular with long time readers. You can try using substitutions to make it dairy free, however I have not tested this myself and can’t say how it will turn out.
Cheese cheese and more cheese.
I know that it’s summer and maybe you’re trying to only eat salads and all that jazz. But I couldn’t help it. I didn’t want to wait until the fall to share this eggplant rollatini quinoa casserole with you.
There are plenty of veggies inside and fresh herbs – so that counts as summer food right? I’m going with it.
So while this may not exactly be the prettiest looking dish in the world, it makes up for it in taste.
I was trying for eggplant rollatini but without the bother of having to actually roll them up. And I think I nailed it, if I do say so myself.
All the flavors are there and you get the added nutritious goodness of quinoa.
Plus this dish is way easier to put together.
About This Eggplant Rollatini Casserole
But anywho, the whole idea for this casserole came after I made this cheesy quinoa mexican casserole from Nicole over at Cooking for Keeps (so good – do yourself a favor and make it).
We are all very aware that I love mexican recipes and am always looking for ways to work them into my weekly meal plans. I figure though that I should at least attempt to branch out every now and then.
Hence this casserole. Eggplant rollatini is totally different right!? So proud of myself.
You get tender roasted eggplant, along with the classic ricotta / spinach rollatini filling, plenty of your favorite marinara sauce and lots of mozzarella and fresh parsley to finish it off.
All combined into one simple quinoa bake.
Additional Eggplant Recipes You Might Enjoy:
- Eggplant Parmesan Pasta Skillet
- Kale and Eggplant Baked Ziti
- Baked Eggplant Rollatini
- Crispy Eggplant Sliders
- Mediterranean Hummus Bowls
Did you make this recipe? Rate and review it down below! I’d love to hear from you.
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 medium eggplant, cut into ½ inch chunks
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 (10 ounce package) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 ¼ cups your favorite marinara sauce
- 1 ½ cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese, divided
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
- Add the quinoa and vegetable broth to a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, give it a stir, cover, then reduce the heat to medium-low / low and let simmer for about 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
- Turn off the heat and let the pan sit covered for 5 minutes, then fluff the quinoa with a fork. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Add the eggplant to a rimmed baking sheet and add in the olive oil, salt and garlic. Toss to combine and spread in an even layer.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until tender.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to the bowl with the quinoa. Maintain the oven temperature. To the same bowl, add in the spinach, marinara sauce and ½ cup of the mozzarella. Gently mix until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to a square baking dish (mine is 9x9) and spread evenly in the pan. Drop on dollops of the ricotta and then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove the foil, turn on the broiler and cook for 5 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly on top. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 598mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 15g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.