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
- 1 medium-sized eggplant
- 1 cup zucchini, (diced)
- 1 cup yellow squash, (diced)
- 1 green bell pepper, (diced)
- 1 red bell pepper, (diced)
- 1 whole onion, (diced)
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 tsp salt, (use less or more according to your liking)
- 1 garlic clove
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ tsp oregano
- ⅛ tsp ground coriander
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- ½ cup shredded fresh basil
- black pepper, (to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Spread the chopped eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and tomatoes out onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Roast for 20 minutes then remove the pan from the oven.
- Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. 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.
- Add oregano, thyme, and coriander. Adjust the seasoning with extra salt and black pepper if necessary. Stir in the basil and mix well. Serve and enjoy.
Adopted from Emeril Lagasse and Epicurious