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This is the best Ratatouille Recipe I have tried and one my mom passed down to me. Fresh vegetables, like zucchini, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes are simmered with herbs and spices to create an easy vegan meal that you can eat on its own, over rice or paired with pasta. Your family will love this easy ratatouille recipe! 

Ratatouille Recipe in white bowl

RATATOUILLE RECIPE

Summer is in full swing over here. This past weekend my farmers market opened for the season which always makes me happy!

One thing I love about summer is the fresh vegetables that I can use in recipes like this Easy Ratatouille Recipe, this Easy Lebanese Salad or this Summer Orzo Pasta Salad.

Today’s recipe is another one of my mom’s recipes that she has made for years. I knew I wanted to share it with you guys because it is perfect for using up those summer vegetables.

This Ratatouille Recipe is a healthy mixture of fresh summer vegetables usually including zucchini, eggplant, tomato, bell peppers, garlic, onion, herbs and spices.  The flavors of the fresh peppers, eggplant, zucchini, squash and diced tomatoes mix well together.  It is a great way to use those veggies in your garden or from your farmers market. It offers you a colorful  to bring to a friend’s house, accompany your grilled chicken or your main course at lunch.

Ratatouille Recipe side view

WHAT IS RATATOUILLE?

Ratatouille is a dish that originated in Provence, France and is sometimes referred to as Ratatouille niçoise.  It has become a favorite of many people around the world. Not only is it easy to make it is a nice, healthy lunch or dinner option.

 It mixes tomato, garlic, onion, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and a combination of leafy herbs and spices. The vegetables simmer on the stove to create a stew like meal that is packed with flavor. 

Ratatouille Recipe with spoon

HOW CAN I MODIFY RATATOUILLE?

BEANS: If you are feeling adventurous add in a can of chickpeas or white beans. It won’t be the traditional Ratatouille you are used to but it is a nice addition and adds protein to create a full meal for lunch or dinner that will keep you satisfied. 

CHEESE: I love adding feta cheese to the finished dish. I also really like goat cheese or Parmesan cheese. 

GREENS: If you have greens to use up I like to add spinach, kale or swiss chard to this dish. You can add them towards the end of the cooking process and just simmer them until wilted. 

VEGETABLES: You can use other vegetables that you have on hand. Some that I like are carrots, celery or mushrooms. 

Ratatouille Recipe with vegetables

CAN RATATOUILLE BE MADE IN ADVANCE?

Ratatouille is one of those dishes that gets better after a couple of days. The leftovers are always my favorite served over brown rice or pasta like in this Ratatouille Pappardelle. Ratatouille will last in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days before it starts to get a bit mushy. 

CAN YOU FREEZE RATATOUILILE?

Yes, you can freeze ratatouille which makes for a nice meal on a busy night. Make sure your ratatouille is cooled completely and then store it in the freezer in an air tight container. 

When you are ready to eat the ratatouille thaw it in the fridge overnight. You can then quickly heat it on the store or microwave when you are ready to eat it. Give it a taste and if it needs to be fleshed up add more fresh herbs and spices. 

Ratatouille Recipe in white bowl

Ratatouille Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This is the best Ratatouille Recipe I have tried and one my mom passed down to me. Fresh vegetables, like zucchini, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes are simmered with herbs and spices to create an easy vegan meal that you can eat on its own, over rice or paired with pasta. Your family will love this easy ratatouille recipe! 

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound eggplant, peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 small zucchinis, halved length-wise, then cut into small half moon shapes
  • 1 small red, green and orange pepper, seeds removed, chopped into 1 inch chunks {or colors of your choice}
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes or 2 cups of freshly diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Dash of pepper pepper and salt
  • Optional: feta or goat cheese
  • Serve over brown rice or pasta

Instructions

    1. In a large pot or dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for about 4-5 minutes.
    2. Add the pepper and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes until translucent.
    3. Add the tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, thyme, oregano, paprika, coriander and give a good stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Turn the heat to medium high heat and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
    5. Remove ratatouille from heat. Taste and adjust spices, salt and pepper to your tastes.
    6. Add the fresh basil and parsley and stir. If you want to add feta or goat cheese do that now.
    7. Serve by itself with crusty bread or with rice or pasta.

Notes

If you like more of a tomato based ratatouille you can add another can of diced tomatoes {so 2 cans} or add more fresh tomatoes.

This dish freezes very well. Let cool complately and then store in an airtight container.

Feel free to use whatever fresh herbs and spices you like!

I didn't peel my eggplant --it is a personal preference. Feel free to peel it if you prefer as many people do. You can also help develop the taste of the eggplant by placing the egplant pieces in a colander over your sink. Sprinkle with salt. Leave for 20 minutes as eggplant sweats out its bitterness and then pat dry and use in your recipe.

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