These vegan eggplant rollatini are a lighter spin on lasagna rolls, but they don’t sacrifice any flavor! They’re filled with a protein rich tofu ricotta and wrapped in layers of baked eggplant. A perfect plant-based dish for summer entertaining.
These vegan eggplant rollatini are the perfect answer to the question of what to make a mixed crowd of eaters for summer supper. They have all of the flavor and appeal of a traditional Italian pasta feast, but with a few healthy and plant-based swaps: flavorful, roasted eggplant slices in place of pasta or noodles, and a tofu “ricotta” filling that’s both dairy-free and also heavy on the spinach. The result is a meal that can be savored by folks who are vegan, folks who avoid dairy and/or gluten, and folks who simply love fresh summer vegetables and herbs.
I happen to have served this dish to my cousin Kathleen, who happens to be a lifelong D.C. resident. Kathleen and I are only a year apart, and we were very close growing up. Now, years and years after my wishing with all my might that I could live closer to my hip and savvy older cousin, I finally do. It’s great to have her nearby, and it’s especially great to be able to share my food with her.
This dish definitely has some moving parts, but if you stay organized and take care of a few components in advance, you’ll find that it comes together very easily. I’d recommend making the sauce and/or the ricotta a day or two in advance. That way you can simply roast the eggplant slices and then assemble the rolls when you’re ready to serve. If you need to save some extra time, try a commercial marinara sauce in place of the quick option that I offer.
If your mouth is watering, I’ll spare you the wait. Here’s the eggplant rollatini recipe: so decadent and delicious that you’d never guess it was also wholesome-as-can-be.
When my cousin tasted these rolls, she exclaimed that she’d never have guessed that the tofu “ricotta” wasn’t cheese. I’ll call that a win for vegan dinner–and for this dish. I hope you give it a try soon, especially when summery produce is as its peak! It’s wonderful for sharing with family or friends, or simply for savoring on your own.