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How to Make the Best Ratatouille

A good classic ratatouille can not be rushed. In order to get the full flavours of the gorgeous ratatouille recipe ingredients, it needs to be cooked low and slow; you just can't rush good food.

Ratatouille

What is Ratatouille?

Ratatouille is a French Provençal stewed vegetable dish. It originated in Nice and is sometimes referred to as ratatouille niçoise. A truly delicious and colourful dish that's really easy to make and full of beautiful veggies.

Easy to make yes but quick to cook no. Although I have come across a lot of 'quick' ratatouille recipes and having tried one many year's ago I wouldn't recommend them.

Looking back in 2013 I wrote a post, Fridge Clearout Ratatouille, but I've learnt a lot about cooking since those days and now my cooking is more about adding flavour and not always being in a rush.

Easy Ratatouille Recipe

I started off using Jamie Oliver's Classic Ratatouille recipe but I altered his recipe and ended up doing totally my own thing.

Look at all those lovely ingredients. Yes, there's a lot of chopping and stirring but I find that to be very therapeutic. There is no need to peel the aubergine (eggplant), I know some recipes say to peel them but I can't understand why.

These days I don't ever salt and drain the aubergines (eggplants) or the zucchini (courgettes) as they don't seem to ever taste bitter as I remember they used to years ago.

Vegetables for Ratatouille

I also didn't add fresh thyme or chopped basil stalks as Jamie does. I prefer to use a mixture of dried basil, oregano and thyme along with salt and pepper.

What is Ratatouille Served with?

Ratatouille is a wonderful side dish with just about any main course but you can also serve it over cooked rice or pasta or simply with a hunk of crusty bread.

You can also blend any leftovers and use a  topping for pizza dough when you make your favourite pizza.

It really is worth making more than you need because any leftover ratatouille makes a brilliant tomato sauce for vegetable lasagne. However you choose to serve ratatouille, it's a versatile dish and is a delicious addition to your meal plans - here are some other healthy recipe ideas.

Top Tip!

Be sure to use good quality tinned tomatoes. I can't stress how much it will be worth it. I always use the brand Cirio and once you try them you'll love them.

Ratatouille Ready to Cook

Ratatouille cooking

Ready to Serve.

Ratatouille

How to Make Ratatouille

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