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Orzo Casserole

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Ingredients You'll Need

2 cups uncooked orzo
1 eggplant (about 1 pound) unpeeled
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups primavera-style spaghetti sauce
1 Tbsp. garlic
1 large tomato, cubed
red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups shredded low0fat mozzarella cheese
3 Tbsp. parmesan cheese for garnish


Preheat oven to 450. Grease a 2-3 qt. baking dish. Bring pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium heat. Cook orzo according to directions. When just tender, drain, rinse and drain again. Set aside.

Cube eggplant. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add eggplant and saute' for about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup sauce, garlic, tomato, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile scoop half the orzo into baking dish. Layer eggplant on top of orzo. Sprinkle eggplant with 2 cups mozzarella. Layer remaining orzo on cheese. Spread remaining cheese and 1 cup sauce on orzo.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese melts and bubbles. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve hot

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