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How to Make – Rustic Ratatouille

ratatouille recipe



The Disney movie, Ratatouille, has always been one of my favourites.  I’ve, somehow, always identified with the whimsical story about a little mouse with the most fantastic noise, who dreams of cooking in a restaurant kitchen.  Ok, I admit, I love the energy and precision of the professional kitchen, but I’m also pragmatic, and know I wouldn’t “cut the mustard” when it comes to being a professional chef.  I simply wouldn’t have enough dedication to withstand the long hours and backbreaking work.

Hence, I like to play chef in my own little kitchen, and come up with simple, easy-to-follow recipes for all my lovely readers.  I’ve previously made a more “rustic” ratatouille, and you can find the recipe here.  However, this most recent ratatouille recipe is inspired by a) the movie b) a similar dish I had on my latest trip to Paris.  Tender, juicy slices of vegetables tossed in aromatic thyme are lined up and baked to perfection, with generous drizzles of aromatic olive oil – I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!  It’s a great lean Monday recipe to start the week, or a nutritious side to accompany a main protein dish.  It’s also great as leftovers, and a delicious (and health-conscious!) way to transform an ordinary sandwich into gastronomic magnificence.

Bon Appetit!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 long eggplant
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 red pepper (optional)
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • a bundle of fresh thyme
  • 2 tbls of olive oil
  • salt & pepper (to taste)

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Cook Time:  30-40 minutes

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Wash & cut the vegetables into 0.5cm thick slices. (I just LOVE all the vibrant colours of the vegetables – it’s like a bouquet of healthy natural vitamins, the way nature intended)

how to make ratatouille

Toss the zucchinis and eggplants with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Now, it’s just a layering job!  Alternate between slices of the various vegetables, and arrange in an overlapping swirl of colours.  Drizzle with more olive oil over the entire arrangement and sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper.  Perfume the batch with fresh herbs.

Slide into pre-heated oven, and bake for 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are tender and start to take on a golden sheen.

Bon Appetit!  

ratatouille recipe

ratatouille recipe



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