A simple and classic French peasant dish that comes along during harvest time to remind us of eating it as children and to warm our hearts after a long day in the garden.


  • Servings: 8
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2 Japanese eggplants
6 Roma tomatoes
2 yellow squashes
2 zucchinis

Yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 T chopped fresh basil

2 T chopped fresh basil
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 T chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp fresh thyme
salt and pepper, to taste
4 T olive oil

Preheat the oven for 375˚F (190˚C).

Slice the eggplant, tomatoes, squash, and zucchini into approximately ¹⁄₁₆-inch (1-mm) rounds, then set aside. [Learn from my mistake: it would have much easier to use veggies that were the same circumference around.]

Make the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch (30-cm) oven-safe pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and bell peppers until soft, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the crushed tomatoes. Stir until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Remove from heat, then add the basil. Stir once more, then smooth the surface of the sauce with a spatula.

Arrange the sliced veggies in alternating patterns, (for example, eggplant, tomato, squash, zucchini) on top of the sauce from the outer edge to the middle of the pan. Season with salt and pepper.

Make the herb seasoning: In a small bowl, mix together the basil, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Spoon the herb seasoning over the vegetables.

Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover, then bake for another 20 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.

Serve while hot as a main dish or side. The ratatouille is also excellent the next day–cover with foil and reheat in a 350˚F (180˚C) oven for 15 minutes, or simply microwave to desired temperature.

Adapted from a recipe by tasty.co.

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