Today I’m bringing your 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 ratatouille in advance it tastes even better like a lot of things. The flavours seem to mature like a fine wine, so that when we had the leftovers 2 days later they were even better than the first time around.
- 45 ml / 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
- 400 g Can chopped tomatoes
- 30 ml / 2tbsp Tomato puree
- 1 tsp Mixed herbs
- 60 ml / 4tbsp Water
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Parmesan cheese optional
- Heat 2tbsp oil in a large pan and soften the onion and garlic for about 7-10 mins.
- Add 1tbsp oil, the peppers, aubergine and courgette and fry stirring continuously for about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs, seasoning and water.
- Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional).
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.