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    sunday supper

    Recipe for gratin of eggplant, tomato, and ricotta

    Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

    Serves 4 with leftovers

    Olive oil (for the dish)
    2large eggplant (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut lengthwise into ½-inch-thick
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    1large red onion, cut into thick slices
    About cup olive oil (for sprinkling)
    5medium tomatoes (about 2½ pounds), cut into ½-inch-thick slices
    cups ricotta
    ¼cup chopped fresh parsley
    ¼cup chopped fresh basil
    ½cup freshly grated Parmesan

    1. Set the oven at 425 degrees. Line 3 rimmed baking sheets with paper towels. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

    2. Spread the eggplant in a single layer on 2 baking sheets. Sprinkle lightly on both sides with salt. Set aside for 30 minutes. Wipe off the salt and pat dry with paper towels. Discard the paper towels.

    3. Spread the eggplant and onion in a single layer on the sheets. Sprinkle with olive oil on both sides. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender; cool briefly.


    4. Meanwhile, spread the tomatoes on the third baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt. Set aside for 25 minutes. Press with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

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    5. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, parsley, basil, Parmesan, salt, and pepper to taste.

    6. Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees.

    7. In the baking dish, spread half the eggplant and top with half the onions. Add spoonfuls of the ricotta mixture, using half of it, and top with half the tomatoes. Repeat the layers with the remaining eggplant, onions, ricotta, and tomatoes. Drizzle the top with olive oil.

    8. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Rest for about 30 minutes before serving. Cut into 12 squares. Reserve 4 squares for the linguine. Serve 2 squares per person.

    Sally Pasley Vargas