Ratatouille

by Charlie Rioux on November 22, 2010

Good afternoon!

Last night, I made myself a big pot of yummy veggies so I can have them already prepared all week.
I actually prepared Ratatouille, a traditional French Proven├žal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice (Wikipedia).

Ratatouille is delicious as leftovers. It can be eaten cold or warm. Serve it as a meal on its own, with rice, couscous or pasta, or as a side dish.

Ratatouille

Adaptation of “Ratatouille”, La cuisine des filles, Fleurus

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 big spanish onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 bell peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 eggplant, cut in half and sliced
  • 4 green zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 yellow zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 bay leafs
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Directions: In a large pot (at least 6-quart), heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to get translucent. Add bell peppers and cook for 5 more minutes. Add zucchinis and eggplant and cook for 5 more minutes. Add tomatoes, bay leafs, garlic, salt and pepper and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 1 hour, then 30 minutes uncovered.

This is the kind of dish that gets even tastier the day after :). All the flavors get time to really blend!

It is something easy and useful to make for a lot of people:

  • practically a whole 6-quart pot: makes a lot as a side dish!
  • can be made in advance.

It is also nice to have leftovers that you can mix and match in different meals for the week. And since it is also good cold, it can be an easy lunch for work! Bonus point ;-).

Hope you’re having a great Monday!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Laury @The FitnessDish November 22, 2010 at 9:09 PM

I LOVE Ratatouille!!!!

Veggies are looking yummmmmmy!!!!!!

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eatgreek.net November 22, 2010 at 9:30 PM

mmm… yummy!!! :D

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Carolyn November 23, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Looks delicious. I eat a lot of eggplant and would happily make this dish.

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Emily @ For Sweets Sake November 23, 2010 at 8:15 PM

I've never made ratatouille, only seen the movie. Maybe I'll have to try it :)

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Michelle November 23, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Yumm, I love this dish! Your picture is drool-worthy ;)

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Carrie November 24, 2010 at 2:55 PM

I've never made ratatouille, and I haven't been inspired to until seeing your picture. It looks wonderful!

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CantStopBaking November 30, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Looks great, going to try it this weekend!

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forgottenbeast April 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Yum, what a great way to get lots of veggies in! Can't wait 'til all this stuff is at the farmer's market!

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theoncominghope September 6, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Mmmm…I love ratatouille. I made an easy 10 minute version, which I discuss here: http://theoncominghope.blogspot.com/2011/09/not-your-grandma-recipe-10-minute.html

It’s been an ultra-delish timesaver!

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