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Simple Ratatouille

I went to the market the other day and there were so many cheap offers that I came home with armfuls of vegetables for a pittance.  Nine peppers cost me only £1 as did 3 aubergines and 2 giant courgettes.  I therefore simply had to make Ratatouille which my children have had a fascination with ever since the film with the same title.  I didn’t have a mouse help making mine though.  Our cat is very good at fending them off!

If you can make this dish in advance it tastes even better like a lot of things.  The flavours seem to mature like a fine wine, so that when we ate the leftovers 2 days later they were even better than the first time around.

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Simple Ratatouille
 
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A Mediterranean dish oozing with health and vitality. Enjoy it as a light lunch with crusty bread, a main meal with pasta or as a side dish.
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Recipe type: Side dish, Main
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 45ml / 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Large onion, chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Red pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 Green pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 Orange or yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 2 Medium aubergine, diced
  • 1 Large courgette
  • 400g Can chopped tomatoes
  • 30ml / 2tbsp Tomato puree
  • 1 tsp Mixed herbs
  • 60ml / 4tbsp Water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat 2tbsp oil in a large pan and soften the onion and garlic for about 7-10 mins.
  2. Add 1tbsp oil, the peppers, aubergine and courgette and fry stirring continuously for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs, seasoning and water.
  4. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional).
Notes
Can be served as a side dish or on a bed of spaghetti. This dish improves with age and tastes even better a day or two later.

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  1. Jayne Sullivan

    Such a quick and simple idea for a filling vegetarian meal. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Ursula Hunt

    so colourful

  3. Ursula Hunt

    That’s my ratatouille made and frozen in batches ready for the future

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, why have I never done this? Probably because my son & daughter loves it cold in their packed lunches the next day or we have it reheated and it always improves with age:-)

  4. Carolyn Clapham

    I should have added that in my version with sausages and roast potatoes, the ratatouille is oven roasted – not as quick, but just as simple!

    1. Camilla

      I love the taste of oven roasted mediterranean vegetables:-)

  5. Carolyn Clapham

    Packed with goodness, easy to make and sounds delicious. It goes with so many things as a side dish. I often do variations on the same theme. One includes sausages and roast potatoes too, for a very substantial meal.

    1. Camilla

      I think my daughter could quite easily eat ratatouille every night:-)

  6. Ursula Hunt

    I adore Ratatouille, it is a very healthy side dish to many meals in our house

  7. Laura Caraher

    I must have a go at making as this looks delicious :)

    1. Camilla

      It’s my daughter’s favourite dish:-)

  8. Paul Wilson

    Simple and healthy and tasty, by the look of it.

    1. Camilla

      My daughter even takes this to school to have in her packed lunch the following day:-)

  9. Maya Russell

    I’d have to really dice the vegetables up into tiny pieces or my kids wouldn’t eat ratatouille. Great recipe though!

    1. Camilla

      I read once that you have to give a child something 20 times before they’ll eat it and I have to say I think this is very true:-)

  10. Lisa Williams

    I am only just coming around to ratatouille but I have to say I love the look of this one delish :)

  11. Tracy Nixon

    Lovely recipe! I adore this during the Summer and the kids love it too!

  12. sallyann johnston

    This sounds lovely gonna try it tonight x

  13. Victoria Androsova

    will need to try your way of cooking it, mine once didnt work)

  14. hopeeternal

    Thought I’d pay you a return visit as you had visited me! I am very fond of Ratatouille. I like to add a little dried orange peel (or freshly grated zest) for a little ‘South of France sunshine’ feel.
    http://hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/ratatouille-nicoiseprovencale/
    hopeeternal
    http://www.hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com
    Meanderings through my Cookbook

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much for being the first person to leave a comment on my website, it means a lot. When I get more accustomed to blogging I will have to set up a list of blogs like yours that I can recommend. I will certainly try the orange zest idea the next time I make Ratatouille!

      1. hopeeternal

        Always good to be first ;-) …and good to make links with other like minded people too.
        h/e

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