Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2/3 cup 157ml Extra-virgin olive oil

  2. 4 Red bell peppers - cored, seeded,

  3. And cut fine julienne

  4. 2 Onions - finely sliced

  5. 2 lbs 908g / 32oz Eggplant - (3 medium) - scrubbed clean

  6. 4 Garlic cloves - finely sliced

  7. 1 Plum tomatoes - (28 oz) - drained, chopped

  8. 8 vine ripened tomatoes, peeled,

  9. Seeded, and chopped)

  10. 1 teaspoon 5ml Dried thyme or sprigs of fresh thyme

  11. 1 lb 454g / 16oz Zucchini - (2 medium) - scrubbed clean

  12. 1 lb 454g / 16oz Yellow squash - (2 medium) - scrubbed clean

  13. Salt - to taste

  14. Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy enamel-lined casserole. Add peppers and onions and saute for a minute to get them cooking. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer very gently until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Don't let olive oil get too hot or you will change the flavor. While these are cooking, cut eggplant into 3/4-inch chunks. When peppers and onions are tender, add the garlic, eggplant, tomatoes and thyme and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

  2. While this is cooking cut zucchini and yellow squash lengthwise into halves or quarters, depending on how thick they are. Remove seeds with a spoon, then cut into 3/4-inch lengths. After 30 minutes of stewing eggplant, add zucchini and squash to stew, cover and simmer, over very low heat until all the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes ( you can simmer for another 30 to 40 minutes for more meltingly tender vegetables). Strain the stew through a sieve and return juices back to casserole. Reduce the juices over medium heat until they begin to sizzle in the olive oil. Return this to the stew, season well to taste with salt and pepper. Divide ratatouille into two portions to proceed. See the "Ratatouille Seafood Chowder" and "Ratatouille, Second Time Around" recipes which are included in this collection.

  3. This recipe yields 8 servings.


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