Ratatouille is a wonderful way to use a garden’s bounty.  I make it and eat it all by itself, but it could be used as either a side dish or a thick stew.  Whenever the stars align and I manage to have eggplant and zucchini in the fridge at the same time, I always make Ratatouille.


It doesn’t look anything like the dish that the rat made in the Disney film.  I am not really sure which is more authentic.  My mother used to make it when I was little and I did NOT like it at all.  I found this recipe in a diet book about ten years ago (the G-Index Diet) and thought I’d give the dish one more try.  I fell in love.  The rest of my family lets me eat it all by myself.  They are put off by the sheer volume of vegetables.  This dish just oozes health.

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 medium onions, thickly sliced
  • 1 small eggplant, cubed
  • 1 green pepper, cut into 1 inch strips
  • 2 small zucchini, thickly sliced
  • 1 small can chopped tomatoes, undrained (or use 2-3 fresh and add ⅔ cup water or broth)
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp basil
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • salt to taste
  1. Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until onions are clear.
  2. Add the eggplant, green pepper and zucchini and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, cover and cook 20 minutes on medium low heat.
  4. Add all of the herbs, mix well and cook uncovered 5 more minutes, stirring often.


13 thoughts on “Ratatouille

  1. >Thanks for joining Cultural Connections Kristen. How I wish we all have the ingredients here or I know the substitute for that…Happy Tuesday! See you again.

  2. >I hope you will visit diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com and check out Crock Pot Wednesday starting this week. There are some really great giveaways.

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