Ratatouille Recipe Inspired by my Unforgettable Trip to France


Easy Ratatouille Recipe 

This Easy Ratatouille Recipe is one of my popular posts. You can make one day in advance, keep in the fridge (covered) and reheated before serving. Ratatouille is a traditional French Provençal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice.

France is famous the world over for many things, first and foremost their unrivaled cuisine.  From hors d’oeuvres like brie and pate, entrées such as  bouillabaisse and duck confit, and desserts ranging from mousses to crepes, France has something for everyone.  I was fortunate enough to visit France a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed every part of the country.  My husband is a history buff and loved visiting Normandy and cities like Caen that we visited in the North.  We could have spent weeks and weeks in Paris alone, but unfortunately only had about five days to see the city.  Five days isn’t enough to cover the museums alone, so we had to rush around like tourists (we still tried to blend in every now and then by slowing it all down and sipping on a café and people watching, not sure how convincing we were!).  We found the Parisians to break stereotypes as nine out of ten were for the most part very courteous and even helped us to find our way.  The Eiffel Tower was breathtaking day and night, and we found the Arc De Triopmphe to be nothing short of triumphant. The Palais Garnier was another favorite of ours, though we didn’t catch an opera there (on our list for next time).  As we journeyed south we made stops in scenic Lyon and the home of the Pope’s Palace (Palais des Papes) in Avignon.



Our favorite area of France (in addition to Paris) was the French Riviera.  Friends told us to stay in Nice, not bad advice but there are some many other great cities along the coast worth seeing.  Montpellier was a unique, gem of a city and we took enough pictures in Èze to start a postcard company.  I still think of the lavender scent in Grasse, and it was more than evident why Cannes was chosen as the perfect destination for A-Listers to flock to once a year.  Our train ride to Italy  along France’s southern coastline fortunately was right on the coast and gave us direct views of some of the prettiest, blue water paradise enjoyed by swimmers, boaters and gazers.  The food in South of France so impressed us at every turn.  The seafood from Marseille and the region as a whole whether having a bourride (a light fish broth that has garlicky aioli and is served over crunchy French bread and parsley) or Sole Meunière.


Another couple of favorites from the South of France are Ratatouille and Ciambotta , both vegetarian dishes.  There are different approaches to cooking each, and they are flexible to work as appetizers or entrées, lunch or dinner.  Ratatouille often has two vegetables that are my favorites to work with in eggplant and zucchini, and while the vegetables in France are some of the freshest tasting on Earth the Ratatouille tastes just fine when I make it at home here in the US.

Easy Ratatouille Recipe and Ingredients

Ratatouille Recipe Inspired by my Unforgettable Trip to France
Author: Posh Journal
  • 1 Medium Sized Eggplant
  • 1 Cup of Zucchini
  • 1 Cup of Yellow Squash
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Whole Onion
  • 1 Cup of Tomatoes Chopped
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Oregano
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Thyme
  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Fresh Basil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Chop and add Eggplant, Zucchini, Squash and Tomatoes on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with Olive Oil and Salt.
  3. Roast for about 20 minutes then remove from the oven
  4. Heat the Olive Oil on a large saute pan . Add the Onion and Garlic. Stir and cook until lightly caramelized. Add the roasted vegetables to the pan and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Season the vegetables with Oregano, Thyme, Coriander, Salt, and Pepper to preferred taste
  6. Stir in the Basil and mix well. Serve

Adopted from Emeril Lagasse and Epicurious




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  • Reply
    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    Oct 12, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I have never had ratatouille before, but I bet I would like it. All those amazing flavors in one dish – YUM 🙂

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    Oct 12, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    That looks delicious! It’s so colorful, and the ingredients are so healthy.

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    Oct 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I honestly had no idea what ratatouille was until last night. I had heard of it, but never knew what it was LOL. This looks awesome! We need to try it!

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    Diana Villa
    Oct 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I love your recipe as always, very healthy and yummy options. I can’t wait to try your recipe 😀

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    Savannah miller
    Oct 12, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Oh this looks so good and very healthy! I never tried a ratatouille before

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    Oct 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    This recipe has me drooling already! It looks so good I can’t wait to try it. I love all things vegetable!

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    Oct 12, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Love all the different colors of vegetables in this dish. it looks very healthy and satisfying.

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    Oct 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Oh, yum!! I can smell it from here!!

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    Liz Mays
    Oct 13, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Oh we would have a blast making trying this recipe. My daughter and I have a blast making meals from other countries.

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    tara pittman
    Oct 13, 2015 at 1:31 am

    I love everything that is in this dish. Just dont ask me to pronounce it.

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 3:34 am

    This recipe looks delicious- so bright, vibrant, and healthy!

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Wow its chalk full of veggies! My kind of meal! I love zucchini! Funny about blending in and trying not to look like a tourist. I would so fail at that since I’ve very rarely visited another country.

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 3:51 am

    I love Ratatouille!! I have never been to France before but it’s definitely on my bucket list!!

  • Reply
    Oct 13, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Looks delicious and healthy I need this for my diet and a healthy lifestyle. I will save this for the instruction and ingredients.

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I have never had Ratatouille. We went to France last December, but because of my horrible sweet tooth, I was more focused on the sweet confections.

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Love to try Ratatouille although never hear of it. Looks Devine make me want to go to fancy France restaurant.

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    Elizabeth O.
    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:11 am

    You make it seem so easy to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks so flavorful and yummy.

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    Chubskulit Rose
    Oct 13, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I never thought raratouille is that simple to make. Thanks for showing us how.

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    Eileen Mendoza Loya
    Oct 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

    The first time I heard about this dish was in a Disney movie. I have never sampled the actual dish, but I guess now I will. Didn’t know it was this easy to make!

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    Karlyn Cruz
    Oct 13, 2015 at 11:29 am

    This looks tasty. I may never make it to France, but I’ll be trying out your recipe.

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    Erin (@SugarCrumbs)
    Oct 13, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Oh yum yum! I think I could even make this on a busy night! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Oct 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    eggplant is so versatile I bet it turned out great!

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    Claudette Esterine
    Oct 13, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    When i really need to unwind, I play a computer game – SIMS – and this is one of the dishes they can cook. I thought it was a make believe dish so imagine my surprise to see this recipe! I must try it. 🙂

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    oh, my goodness! I’m salivating right now. So colorful and appetizing!

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    This looks like a delicious meal and it is so pretty. I would love to serve this to my family!

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    Crystal McWhirter-Lopez
    Oct 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    What a great way to use of fresh veggies. I’ve never cooked eggplant, but I would love to try this recipe!!

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I love how colorful this dish is. I’ve had Ratatouille before and I love it. I want to try making this.

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Just printed your recipe. Thanks! I am definitely going to cook this because I love all the veggies in it. You know what? You just made me so hungry. 🙂

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients i need so i can make this on the weekend. I am sure it will be a huge hit.

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      Mar 5, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Hope you’ll like it

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    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Omg your Ratatouille recipe sounds beyond delicious!!! I so need to give it a try! Yum!

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    Jesica Helgren (@themommybunch)
    Oct 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    My sister and I were just discussing what we make with zucchini! This looks really amazing!

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    Fashionable Librarian
    Oct 13, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    How colorful…wondering when I will be brave enough to try eggplant…lol

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    Oct 14, 2015 at 12:36 am

    I’ve always thought that Ratatouille is a very complicated dish. I’ve had this before, but I’ve never tried making it.

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    Oct 14, 2015 at 1:35 am

    That looks beautiful… and delicious. Doesnt seem as hard as I thought!

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    katrina g
    Oct 14, 2015 at 3:29 am

    It looks so good.

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    Oct 15, 2015 at 1:18 am

    This looks and sounds delicious! My best friend had it when he was on a culinary trip in France, and he loves it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Oct 15, 2015 at 9:36 am

    That does look delicious. I remember asking for fromage in France, and getting a bowl of cream cheese, lolol Your food experience is much nicer. 😉

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    Ana De Jesus
    Oct 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I am not a fan of ratatouille but I like how it has symbolic meaning to you. It is also nice when a dish is personal to you and your life experiences.

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    Shannon P
    Oct 18, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    The colors look absolutely appetizing, and it sounds like it smells and tastes amazing!

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    Amanda || Growing Up Madison
    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:31 am

    That looks really delicious and I’m just jealous of you visiting France. Paris is on my bucket list and I have to make it there within the next 5 years.

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    Melanie@Toots + Dill
    Feb 2, 2016 at 6:15 am

    You know…I’ve seen the cute movie with the lil mouse but I never really realized what ratatouille was! This looks delicious!!! I’m going to have to France one day!!

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      Mar 5, 2016 at 7:46 am

      France is beautiful 🙂

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