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Ratatouille is quick and easy to make and delicious served as a side dish.

It’s also perfect for veggie lasagna, so make more than you need and use the left-overs to make a vegetable lasagna the following day.

You might also like to check out my Vegetarian Pizza.

You can use a range of vegetables, so don’t feel tide to just using exactly the same ones I used. I suggest alternatives in “Handy Hints and Variations” below.

Ratatouille Recipe

This ratatouille recipe will serve around 6 people, as a side dish.

Let’s get started:

Ratatouille Recipe – Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 tablespoons oil (I use olive oil)
  • Small bunch of spring onions – chopped
  • 1 small egg plant – chopped
  • 1 large or two small pepper (any colour – I used red) – chopped
  • 2 or 3 courgettes/zucchinis – chopped
  • 1 large stick of celery – chopped
  • 3 or 4 large tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 2 table spoons chopped fresh parsley – or 1 tea spoon dried – optional
  • 2 table spoons chopped fresh basil – or 1 tea spoon dried – optional
  • 2 table spoons tomato paste/puree

Ratatouille Recipe – Method

  1. Gently heat the oil in a large pan
  2. Add everything bar the tomatoes, garlic, herbs and tomato paste and stir for a couple of minutes
  3. Add the tomatoes, garlic and herbs and stir for another couple of minutes
  4. Add the tomato paste and stir though to combine
  5. Turn the heat to low and gently simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. The ratatouille is ready when all the veggies are soft
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste

Ratatouille - Ingredients

Ratatouille - Raw

Ratatouille - Cooking

Β Handy Hints and Variations

  • If you are planning on making veggie lasagne with the ratatouille, chop all the veggies quite small (see photos)
  • As mentioned earlier, you can use other vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and brown or red onions (instead of spring onions)
  • Don’t be tempted to add liquid at the beginning – as the veggies cook they will release their own liquid
  • Try different herbs – fresh is you have them
  • You can add a drained tin of pulses
  • For a bit of a ‘kick’ add some chilli (fresh or dried)
  • Ratatouille can be served hot or cold
  • You can reheat this ratatouille recipe in the oven and let it go a bit crispy on top – nice πŸ™‚
  • You can also reheat in the microwave

Look out for Vegetable Lasagne (using left-over ratatouille) coming soon.

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Jan Littlehales

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13 Responses to “Ratatouille Recipe – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Lisa Wood says:

    Hi Jan,

    I love Ratatouille! Our boys love eating it ever since they saw it being made on “Ratatouille” movie – where the Rat cooks it for the famous chef who does food reviews!

    Its so great that you have variations on how to make it, and its a great idea to use left overs for the next meal the next day.


  2. Hi Lisa – Happy New Year:)
    I too really enjoyed the Ratatouille movie – I just wish I have the chef’s chopping skills!
    Glad you enjoy reading the ‘variations’.

  3. John Davis says:

    Ratatouille is a very tasty extra to any meal. Also can be used as extras on sandwiches or as breaky with sausages and onions.
    Very versatile extra. There are some nice variations available with this mix. Happy Cooking.

  4. Thanks John,
    Ratatouille is very versatile – and you can make it slightly different every time. With sausages and onions – nice πŸ™‚

  5. Renee says:

    I LOVE Ratatouille! But nevertheless I haven’t done one in ages. But with your easy to follow ratatouille recipe I will give it a try again.
    And I love John’s comment, to use it as a sandwich filler. Sounds like I have some great lunches coming up πŸ™‚

  6. Wilson says:

    Hi Jan,

    I’ve never tasted a Ratatouille before but it sure sounds delicious already. Also it should be a very healthy dish with such a large amount vegetables. Might try it some day! Thanks

    Kind regards

  7. Rita says:

    Love all the Vegies in this Ratatouille Recipe in fact I have all except the eggplant in my fridge, my one zucchini will be enough I picked it yesterday and it is 35cm long

  8. Hi Rita – that’s some zucchini – reckon one will definitely be enough πŸ™‚
    Hi Wilson – ratatouille is a great way of getting your daily serve of veggies – give it a try some time πŸ™‚
    Hi Renee – ratatouille sandwich – classic πŸ™‚

  9. Your ratatouille looks delicious. I love the ease of making it, the taste and the possible variations. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe

  10. Kerry Lea says:

    I love ratatouille, my mother-in-law makes it to go with the barbecue. I tried her recipe but mine was never as nice as hers. I must give this one a go. Looking forward to veggie lasagne.

  11. Hi Kerry – ratatouille is delicious with barbecued meat – served hot or cold.
    Hi Tania – glad you like the recipe πŸ™‚

  12. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Jan,

    I love ratatouille, too. I really love to bake my ratatouille and add a little cheese to the top. So, delicious.

    I’m going to have to try adding some chilli next time. πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Jazz,
    Great idea to add some cheese when you bake ratatouille – I’m going to try that – thanks πŸ™‚

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