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Ratatouille

by flavorthemoments on January 7, 2014

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Ratatouille is a classic, rustic French peasant dish with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers cooked with red wine, capers, and fresh herbs.  It’s perfect over pasta, served with polenta, or with crusty bread.

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I’m serving up another healthy dish for you today, because I care about you. :)  I know it’s the new year, and you want to eat better and feel better.  To do that, you need good for you food prepared in a different way that’s going to get your taste buds jumping.  This Ratatouille will do that for you.  You don’t eat vegetable stews simmered in red wine with capers and fresh herbs every day do you?  I know I don’t, so I appreciate it when I do. ;)

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Truth be told, I made this ratatouille months ago before Thanksgiving for my book club, and I saved just enough to photograph the next day.  Our book was the French novel Madame Bovary, and we all brought French-inspired dishes.  I mulled over what to bring long and hard, and finally landed on ratatouille.  I’ve loved it forever, and nothing says French food more to me than that.  Plus, I really liked the animated movie. ;)

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Ratatouille is a versatile dish that you can serve as is with crusty bread, or toss in pasta, or serve with polenta.  You get to decide exactly how to enjoy this delectable veggie dish, and you can serve it up a different way each time.  So the next time I share a sugary treat with you here, remember that I do care about you, because I also shared this recipe for ratatouille.  Life is a balancing act, you see, and we’re all on the tight rope together.  :)

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Ratatouille

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a classic, rustic French peasant dish with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers cooked with red wine, capers, and fresh herbs. It's perfect over pasta, served with polenta, or with crusty bread.

Ingredients

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 large onion, halved and sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium eggplant, cut into 3/4" cubes

2 medium bell peppers, red or yellow, seeded and cut into 3/4" pieces

4 medium zucchini, cut into 3/4" cubes

(1) 14 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup dry red wine

1 teaspoon capers

2 sprigs fresh thyme, tied with a string

kosher salt and pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Instructions

In a large pot, heat the 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and eggplant, and sauté for about 5 minutes until the eggplant is completely soft. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan if necessary, and add the peppers and zucchini. Saute until slightly softened. Add the tomatoes, wine, capers, and thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with fresh basil. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Tante Marie Cooking School, San Francisco, CA.

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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker January 7, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I adore Ratatouille! I had it over at a restaurant in Berkeley a few years back served with couscous. It must be fantastic homemade –yum! Thanks for sharing this one Marcie. Have a great week! :)

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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 6:23 am

Serving it with couscous sounds wonderful! That’s what I love about it, it can be served so many different ways. Thanks, Anne, and have a great day! :)

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Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies January 8, 2014 at 5:28 am

I love ratatouille! I’m not sure I’d ever eaten it before I saw the adorable movie, but at the very least my consumption of it definitely increased exponentially after it! Sounds delicious.

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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 6:24 am

That movie definitely put Ratatouille on the map (or the menu?)! Thanks, Kelly, and have a great day! :)

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Mary Frances January 8, 2014 at 5:29 am

I’ve never had ratatouille, but I like the movie ;) and am drooling over your pictures, so I know I would love it! It really isn’t that hard (you surprised me!) and I am all over those veggies!
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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 6:29 am

I know you’re into healthy food, Mary Frances, so I’m betting you’ll love this! Have a great day. :)

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Kelly January 8, 2014 at 5:54 am

This looks incredible Marcie! Love the rustic flavors of ratatouille and yours looks super comforting and hearty. Loved the movie too and you reminded me that I haven’t had this dish in a while and can’t wait to try yours :)

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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 6:33 am

Thanks, Kelly! I love that this is a hearty vegetarian dish, and it’s nice to go meatless now and again for sure. I need to watch the movie again now, I think. ha

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Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen January 8, 2014 at 6:12 am

The perfect, nutritious main dish to keep us warm after all this snow in the Midwest! This is just what we need, Marcie. Thank you for sharing!
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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 6:35 am

This dish would definitely do the trick — it’s hearty, warm, and comforting! Thanks, Stacy! :)

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Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen January 8, 2014 at 6:56 am

I love to say the word Ratatouille! Looks delicious Marcie :) Such a nutritious, comforting meal.
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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

It is fun to say, and especially delicious to eat! Thanks, Christin!

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Ashley January 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

I love ratatouille – but you’re right – I rarely make it! Such a great dish to make right now to balance out all those holiday sweets – plus a giant bowl of awesome veggies is really one of my favorite things anyway : ) And then with the capers and fresh herbs – soo good!
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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

I need all the veggies I can get right now too! I never made ratatouille before I started school, so I was so excited to receive this recipe. It’s becoming a staple for me. Have a great day, Ashley!

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Consuelo @ Honey & Figs January 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

Ratatouille + crusty sourdough has to be one of my very very very favorite food combos out there. Though it sounds delish with polenta as well, I have to try that next time!
This looks fabulous, I like your version a lot ;–)
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 6:29 am

Thank you, Consuelo! You can’t really go wrong with ratatouille and crusty bread, can you? I need to make some more VERY soon. Have a great day! :)

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Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour January 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

Such a classic favorite..it definitely doesn’t get made as much as it should be! Looks great Marcie!

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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 6:30 am

I need to make it more too! Thanks, Meghan, and have a wonderful day. :)

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Winnie January 8, 2014 at 9:32 am

I’m a vegetarian and this is one of my favorite dish!!
It’s colorful, it’s healthy and it’s super delicious :)
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 6:27 am

I’m glad to hear that you love ratatouille, Winnie! You just can’t beat it when it comes to flavorful, comforting veggie dishes. Have a great day! :)

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes January 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

These healthy dishes are such a breathe of fresh air!! :) Looks good (and fun to say) :)
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 6:23 am

Thanks, Ashley! I’m loving all the veggie dishes I see…I posted way too many sweet treats over the holidays so I’m trying to balance things out a bit now! :)

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Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com January 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Wow!! This looks amazing!! Super nourishing and filling for the New Year! Thanks for the recipe! I hope that you are having a lovely week!
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 6:19 am

Thank you, Cailee! This is a great dish for a healthy new year for sure! Have a wonderful day. :)

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Lisa @ Cooking with Curls January 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

That is so funny, when I saw the name I immediately thought of the movie! ;) I have never tried it before, but I think that will definitely change…soon!!
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 6:18 am

I hope you’re able to give this a try, Lisa! It’s such a hearty, satisfying dish. :)

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor January 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Marcie, this looks so perfect for a cold winter night! I love a good dish full of veggies!
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 6:16 am

Thanks, Ashley! I love a good bowl full of veggies myself, and this is so hearty and satisfying. :)

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Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I loved the movie too! But with red wine, capers and all those fabulous vegetables, what’s not to love? This looks delicious!
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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Thanks, Kristi! It’s definitely an interesting way to get more veggies in.

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Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner January 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Marcie, I am so craving veggies lately – must be I overindulged over the holidays. I think I would love this served over some angel hair pasta – that’s the Italian in me! Pinning!
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flavorthemoments January 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

This would be great over angel hair pasta, Deb! Have a great night!

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Ash-foodfashionparty January 8, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Love, love ratatouille. Looks so hearty and good.
A great soup like this is what I am craving after the winter break. I need to make this sometime next week.

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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 6:12 am

Thank you, Ash! It really is just that — hearty and delicious with plenty of healthy added in. I think we all need more food like this right now! Have a great day. :)

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Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 January 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

Yum, I love ratatouille. All those veggies and colors and flavors – this recipe looks amazing!

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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Thanks, Nicole!

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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

I never made Ratatouille but now it’s all I can think about it, looks amazing and so full of flavor.

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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm

It’s really easy to make and lasts a few days, which I love. Thanks, Pamela!

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Gloria // Simply Gloria January 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Marcie, I am so excited about this recipe. I have always wanted to try to make Ratatouille. My family would love this! Pinning, of course! (=
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

You’ll love this, Gloria — it’s so healthy and flavorful! Thanks for the pin!

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Renee@Two in the Kitchen January 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I loved the movie and have been wanting to try ratatouille ever since!! Being a big fan of eggplant I think I would really enjoy this!! Thanks for posting the recipe Marcie!!
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm

If you love eggplant, then you’ll be crazy about this, Renee! Hope you get to try it soon!

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker January 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

This sounds so delicious. I have never made ratatouille but always order it. Thanks for the recipe!!
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flavorthemoments January 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

This is so easy, and the recipe is a keeper. I hope you can give a try! :)

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Krystle(Baking Beauty) January 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I could never give pasta. So I love the idea of serving it with a ton of veggies.
P.S. Not sure if its just me but the slider on your homepage doesn’t seem to have the links to the recipes clickable
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flavorthemoments January 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I love pasta smothered in vegetables, too! With this ratatouille, you don’t miss meat at all. On my slider, if you click on the picture itself it will take you to the post. Thanks, Krystle!

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