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Ratatouille is one of my favorite animated movies, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you must see it! Even more recently, ratatouille has become one of my favorite dishes.
There are several ways to cook ratatouille at home. Among them, the most popular is the classic one, in which only vegetables are the main ingredients.
In addition, there are a few variations of the recipe, where cheese and various sauces are added to give the vegetables a special taste. Below I’ll show my favorite layered Ratattoile recipe that can be served in various ways.
- What Is Ratatouille?
- Why are You Going To Love This Recipe
- Ingredients For Easy Homemade Ratatouille
- How To Make Perfect Ratatouille From Scratch
- Tips For Making The Best Homemade Ratatouille
- Recipe Variations
- Serving Ideas
- How Can I Store This Homemade Ratatouille
- More Side Dish Recipes
- Best Ratatouille Recipe
What Is Ratatouille?
Originally from Nice, ratatouille is a traditional recipe of French Provencal cuisine, but many variations are popular today in all cuisines.
Ratatouille is made using zucchini (courgette), onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomatoes, and eggplant, but there are many variations because the dish has become super popular. But they all have one thing in common: ratatouille is considered a very healthy dish due to its rich vegetable content.
Why are You Going To Love This Recipe
- It’s an extremely delicious and easy recipe
- You can make it ahead of time
- Made using healthy ingredients
- Vegan and gluten-free
Watch this quick step-by-step video to see how easy it is to make this delicious recipe!
Ingredients For Easy Homemade Ratatouille
One best part of this recipe is that you probably already have almost all the ingredients in your kitchen. Here’s a note on the ingredients:
- Olive Oil – you can also use butter or avocado oil instead of olive oil.
- Garlic Cloves – you can also use garlic powder, but a fresh one will taste more intense.
- Onion – increase the sweetness and juiciness of the vegetables.
- Crushed Tomatoes – I used canned ones, but you can also use fresh tomatoes; you must consider cooking longer to create the sauce.
- Basil – dried basil to season and fresh basil to garnish.
- Parsley – this ingredient is optional but will give a great flavor to the dish.
- Eggplant – no need to peel the eggplant because it will get tender in the oven.
- Zucchini – I used zucchini for this recipe, but you can also use yellow squash to add more color and taste.
- Tomatoes – besides being extremely healthy, tomatoes add that delicious tangy specific ratatouille taste.
- Salt & Pepper – to taste.
How To Make Perfect Ratatouille From Scratch
Although this recipe looks difficult to make, you will be surprised to see how easy it is to make ratatouille from scratch. So follow the instructions below and enjoy the most delicious ratatouille.
- Make the sauce. Grate the carrot and cook it with the onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Then add the crushed tomatoes and seasonings and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Prepare the vegetables: Clean the vegetables and slice them into 1/8 inch thick slices.
- Assemble: Place the tomato sauce made into the bottom of a baking dish, then arrange the vegetables as you like in a circular pattern.
- Bake the Ratatouille: Brush the vegetables with olive oil and bake them until tender.
Tips For Making The Best Homemade Ratatouille
- Make sure that you are using fresh vegetables.
- Make sure not to overcook the vegetables – they should only be slightly softened, keeping their shape, or they may become mushy.
- Sprinkle some chopped parsley on top of your ratatouille for more freshness.
Another thing I love about this recipe is that it can be made to your liking in many ways. Here are some great ideas:
- Add crumbled feta cheese over the vegetables or mix it in the sauce.
- A few minutes before it is ready, you can sprinkle grated Parmesan over the vegetables.
- Add some red chili flakes for some heat.
Hot or cold, and just as good the next day, ratatouille can be served in different ways, as an appetizer or as a side dish. Here are some great dishes that pair perfectly with ratatouille:
- Roasted Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
- Air Fryer Naked Chicken Tenders
- Sirloin Steak
- Garlic Herb Butter Roasted Turkey
How Can I Store This Homemade Ratatouille
- Freezer: The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 5 days in the fridge.
- Fridge: Ratatouille leftovers can also be frozen in a freezer-safe container. Defrost the leftovers overnight in the refrigerator. You might also use the microwave to thaw and reheat the frozen ratatouille leftovers.
Leftovers also make a great breakfast served with eggs in the morning.
More Side Dish Recipes
- Sauteed Eggplant Recipe
- Garlic Butter Mushrooms – 15 Minute Side Dish
- Garlic Butter Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
- Easy Baked Zucchini with Parmesan
Best Ratatouille Recipe
- 1 small eggplant 1/8 inch thick slices
- 2 small zucchini 1/8 inch thick slices
- 3 Roma tomatoes 1/8 inch thick slices
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 small onion chopped
- 1/2 medium carrot shredded
- 1/2 can 14 oz crushed tomatoes
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
- Add oil to a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, garlic, and shredded carrots for about 5 minutes or until tender.
- Pour the crushed tomatoes, and add the seasonings. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the sauce into the bottom of a large casserole dish.
- Arrange the sliced eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes in a circular pattern.
- Brush with the remaining olive oil.
- Roast in the oven for 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
How do we calculate the nutrition info?
These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.
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