Monday, September 12, 2011


Ratatouille (the recipe)

I love this recipe.  In fact, this is probably the third batch I've made in a couple of months.  The ingredients include things you are probably growing in your garden or can purchase at your Farmers Market because you want the freshest veggies possible.  Your home will fill with the aroma of the fresh basil and thyme.  Here goes -

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more as needed
1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups medium diced eggplant, skin on
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 cup diced green bell peppers
1 cup diced red bell peppers
1 cup diced yellow squash
1 cup diced zucchini squash
1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded, & chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
Salt & pepper to taste

Set a large saute pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Once hot, add onions and garlic to pan. Cook until they are wilted and lightly caramelized, about 5-7 minutes.  Add eggplant and thyme and cook until eggplant is partially cooked, about 5 minutes. Add green and red peppers, zucchini, and squash and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes, basil, parsley, salt and pepper (to taste), and cook for final 5 minutes.  Stir well to blend.  Serve hot or at room temperature.  


  1. Oh boy! This will bring sunshine to any rainy day! Definitely trying this version. Can't wait... looks sooo good. Thanks you for the sunny rays!

  2. I always wondered what Ratatouille is.

  3. Reading through the recipe, I was surprised to see how quick it seems to come together, a real plus when we are all so busy right now. Thanks for sharing this refreshing dish. xo

  4. Hmmm love ratatouille too. My Love not so much, too bad for him I am making it this week again. It is the perfect end of summer dish!
    Yours looks really yummy, maybe I'll try your recipe and perhaps ML will like that one better....

  5. This looks absolutely
    yummy AND healthy : )
    Do you serve it over
    rice, or more like a
    stew? I have to confess,
    I've never had it!
    xx Suzanne

  6. Mmmmm yummy! And so perfect for the cooler days we're starting to experience. Thanks for the recipe, I have never made this before and I can't wait to try it. ~Lili

  7. Yum! Yes, I have almost everything in my garden! I'll have to give it a try.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Hi Debi, Thanks for stopping by my blog. Ginnysyard.

  9. It has been a long time since I enjoyed Ratatouille -- We're going away in a couple of weeks, and I think this would be perfect to enjoy!! (Kim at Golden Pines)

  10. Mmmmm! Sounds heavenly, this over a plate of pasta with some crunchy bread sounds so good!
    You always have some really great recipes on here Debi!
    Have a great week,
    Hugs Rosemary...xx
    Me thinks I'll make this on Saturday. :)

  11. Hi Debi, I just picked up a large zucchini and eggplant at the Farmers Market so I think I might give this a try.

  12. A perfect rainy day dish, thank you for sharing. Greetings from rainy Maine, Julie.

  13. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious.