In high school I took a cooking class and one day we learned to make Ratatouille, it was just after the Disney movie had come out so I was pretty stoked. We made a different version from the one in the movie, it was not as pretty but still delicious. As I was searching Pinterest for healthy recipe ideas I saw one for Ratatouille and I had to make it! This time I was going to attempt to make it just like the one in the cartoon. Since we do not care for tomatoes, I changed the recipe to include red bell peppers instead and pasta sauce rather than tomato paste.
The funny thing is that I went to Sam’s Club over the weekend before I had even decided to make Ratatouille and got croissants and macaroons…. I guess I was unknowingly channeling my inner French Girl. Anyway, here’s what you’ll need!!
- 1 Yellow squash
- 1 Small eggplant (I found an organic one in the grocery store that was much smaller than the others)
- 1 Zucchini
- 2 Mini red bell peppers
- Pasta sauce of your choice
- 1 Clove of garlic
- Garlic Salt
- 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
- 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Minute white rice (two cups)
I started by cutting the veggies into VERY thin slices. It’s important that the veggies are all similar in size if you want the dish to look the way it’s supposed to.
Pre-heat your oven to 350
I used an 8″ Non-stick round baking pan and poured a thin layer of the pasta sauce along the bottom (just enough to cover the whole thing).
Once you’ve cut all of the veggies start layering them along the pan and make sure you keep the color pattern the same the whole way through if you are trying to make it look good.
After you have the veggies all lined up and beautiful, drizzle the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top.
Season with garlic salt, pepper and thyme.
Place in the oven for 20 minutes, and while the Ratatouille is cooking, start cooking the rice as well.
If you’ like to add the cheese, remove the dish from the oven at 20 minutes, sprinkle with mozzarella and throw it back in for about 10 minutes.
I served the Ratatouille on top of a bed of white rice and topped it off with some of the excess pasta sauce from the bottom of the pan. I also heated up a couple of croissants and served them on the side, then we had Macaroons for dessert! It was unintentional, but having a French themed meal was lot’s of fun and really delicious! Bon Appetit!