Ratatouille is a rustic French vegetable stew with capers and fresh herbs.  It’s perfect served with pasta, polenta or crusty bread! {GF, DF, V}

Ratatouille in a bowl with basil on top

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.  In order to eat better, it’s nice to prepare food 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 with capers and fresh herbs every day do you?  I know I don’t, so I appreciate it when I do.

Ratatouille in a bowl with basil on top

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 this dish forever, and nothing says French food more to me than that.  Plus, I really liked the animated movie. 😉

Ratatouille in a bowl with basil on top

Ratatouille is a classic French peasant dish that always includes eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and bell peppers.  Cooking the vegetables with bay leaf, thyme and rosemary add a ton of flavor.

Once the dish has finished cooking, add the capers for a nice briny punch of flavor and fresh basil to make it even more special.

Want your Ratatouille even faster?  Try this Instant Pot Ratatouille recipe.

The best part about this dish is that you can make it in advance.  The longer it sits, the better it tastes, and it’s freezer-friendly too!

Ratatouille is a versatile vegetable stew that you can serve as is with crusty bread, toss into pasta or serve with polenta.  You get to decide exactly how to enjoy this delectable vegan stew, and you can serve it up a different way each time.

Try my Ratatouille casserole or ratatouille pasta by Bon Appetit to change things up!

More vegetarian recipes:

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Butternut Squash Stew

Spinach feta frittata

Sweet Potato, Black Bean Enchiladas

Sweet potato black bean veggie burger by Minimalist Baker

Ratatouille in a bowl with basil on top


Ratatouille is a rustic French vegetable stew with capers and fresh herbs.  It's perfect served with pasta, polenta or crusty bread! {GF, DF, V}

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  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 onion peeled, halved and sliced along the lines
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium eggplant or 3 small Japanese eggplant cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped in 1″ chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped in 1″ chunks
  • 2 medium zucchini cut into 1″ pieces
  • 14 ounces low sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon dried
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil


  • In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 more tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add the garlic and eggplant.  Sauté for about 5 minutes until the eggplant has softened.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and add the peppers and zucchini. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme and rosemary, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30  minutes or until the eggplant is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the capers, chopped basil and adjust the seasoning if necessary.  Enjoy!


  • 2 large fresh tomatoes may be used in place of the canned tomatoes if desired.
  • While you can certainly use dried thyme and rosemary, fresh herbs really make a difference in this recipe.
  • Ratatouille is a great meal prep recipe!  It will keep for about 5 days stored in an air tight container in the fridge and also freezes well.


Calories: 173kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Sodium: 128mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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