Ratatouille is all the rage among food bloggers lately, thanks to the Pixar movie of the same name. The movie sounds interesting, but I have to admit to being a little blasé about ratatouille the dish; it’s sort of old news to vegans, who often find it’s the only thing vegetarian on a menu (beware of versions using chicken broth). Though it’s a little funny to see so many ratatouille recipes being posted because of a movie, any movie that gets people eating more eggplant–and more vegetarian recipes–is fine with me!
Ratatouille is a rustic Provençal stew that depends on the freshness of its ingredients for its pizazz. Since my garden is overflowing with Japanese eggplants and cherry and grape tomatoes, it was just a matter of time before I made it this summer. This time, however, instead of stewing the vegetables in a pot on the stove, I roasted the vegetables all together in the oven, resulting in a deep, caramelized flavor and veggies that hold their shapes and get tender but not mushy. This is excellent eaten hot or cold as a side dish, but I chose to serve it over some spinach linguine I’ve been saving for a special occasion, topped with a sprinkling of fresh basil and toasted pine nuts. Try it this way and you might never settle for regular ratatouille again!
(Note to aubergine lovers: See the end of this post for more eggplant recipes!)
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4 large Japanese eggplants or 2 small globe eggplants (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
2 large zucchini
2 red, yellow, or green bell peppers, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
12-16 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes
1 large onion, chopped
6-8 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary (you may substitute dried, crushed rosemary or herbes de provence)
salt and pepper
olive oil spray
Preheat the oven to 425F.
Cut the eggplants and zucchini into pieces approximately 3/4-inch. For slender eggplants, I simply slice them; larger Japanese eggplants are halved lengthwise and sliced. Zucchini are quarter lengthwise and sliced. Cherry and grape tomatoes are left whole because they will cook more slowly that way, in sync with the other vegetables, but if you use regular-sized tomatoes, cut them into 1-inch pieces.
Spray an extra-large baking dish with olive oil and add all vegetables. Toss them with the rosemary, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spray the top lightly with olive oil and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes and stir. Bake for about 20 more minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cook until vegetable are tender but not dried out; some liquid should remain in the dish.
Serve hot or cold as a side dish. Or as a main course, serve over pasta, sprinkled with toasted pine nuts and fresh basil.
Makes 4 servings. Each serving of ratatouille alone (no pasta or pine nuts) contains 102 Calories (kcal); 1g Total Fat; (8% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 17mg Sodium; 7g Fiber.
Personally, I don’t think there’s such a thing as too much eggplant, but if you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with your summer eggplant harvest, here’s a list of every eggplant recipe I’ve posted. Now that’s a lot of eggplant!
Grilled Baby Eggplants with Korean Barbecue Sauce
Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Olives
Stuffed Eggplants and Not-So-Dirty Rice
Thai Eggplants and Chickpeas in Peanut Masala
Eggplant and Tofu in Spicy Garlic Sauce
Unstuffed Baby Eggplants
Eggplant Pancakes Florentine
Nasu Dengaku (Japanese Eggplants Broiled with Miso)
Vegan Eggplant “Parmesan”
Cumin Rice with Eggplant and Peas
Moroccan Eggplant Salad with Preserved Lemon
Chickpeas and Barley in Red Lentil and Eggplant Sauce
Baba Ganoush Vegetable Plate
Almost-Instant Hummus Ghanoush
Rigatoni with Zucchini and Eggplant
Zucchini Spirals with Fresh Vegetable Sauce
Crockpot Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Garbanzo Beans
Cambodian Vegetarian Stew
Farmers’ Market Quinoa
Roasted Vegetable Napoleons
Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and White Bean Pesto
AzaharaOctober 10, 2009 at 6:38 am
This version of the good old ratatouille was easy and delicious.
Thanks for sharing!
KBeaneAugust 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm
I made this tonight and it turned out quite well. I ate mine over shiratake noodles, and my husband had it over rice. We were both pleased. It’s an excellent recipe to use up the seasonal eggplant and squash I have lying around!
laniAugust 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm
I am going in for lung cancer surgery in two weeks and want to start cooking and freezing vegan meals so I will have food afterwards..Could you possibly take the time to let me know what kinds of soups,stews or main meals would adapt well to making and freezing?
I am going to be fine(altho I have never smoked) and they think that once they take the lobe out I should not need any chemo or radiation. However, I cook from your recipes 4 times a week always trying something new and hate the thought of being without your food
Ps I am the one who emailed you about the Furhman immersion. I did sign up for November just because I am really curious…I would prefer a rip esstelyn immersion but I will take what I can get!
I hope you are able to help!
SeasideshawnOctober 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm
We got Japenese eggplant at our co-op this week & I knew exactly where to go for a good eggplant recipe! I chose this one because I had other veggies & grape tomatoes to roast-I served it over rigatoni for my husband & he is STILL talking about it so I had to post a rave….ovens seem to perform some kind of magic on simple veggies-anyway thanks for another staple recipe Susan.
(The house still smells like rosemary, divine!)
FawnApril 26, 2014 at 10:10 am
I once got a recipe from your blog for a ratatouille done in a crockpot and I loooooved it! I can no longer find it on here. I believe there was an addition of bell pepper and various herbs. I’m pretty sure it was the only other ratatouille recipe you had posted on here. Could you help me find it? Or if it is no longer listed on your blog, can you share it?
PamMay 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm
This was amazing! I did have to bake it longer than suggested, but the results were as good if not better than my traditional ratatouille recipe and with a lot less fat!! Thanks so much for posting.
TracieJuly 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm
This was delicious and easy! I ate it warm over polenta. Yummmmy 🙂
LilyJuly 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Delicious, my family loved it! I served it alongside your mini crustless quiches, some salt and vinegar smashed potatoes and roasted broccoli. I cooked it for a lot longer than the recipe says, but I think this is the sort of recipe where it doesn’t matter a huge amount. Thanks Susan, I’ve made a lot of recipes from your website and have never been disappointed!
JanaMarch 24, 2015 at 6:52 pm
Excellent! It seemed too simple to be good but it’s very good. I added garlic, of course, as I love garlic. I also served it over polenta, which I had for the first time. It was delicious! Sadly, it was not vegan. I bought it thinking it was but saw on the box after eating it that it has some milk and parmesan cheese in it. I added almond milk to it to heat it. Next time, I’ll make Ratatouilli the same way but over vegan polenta. Thank you for reminding me that roasted vegetables are yummy with just a few spices.