Whenever I cook a ratatouille, my kitchen smells like a Provençal market, filled with Mediterranean scents. Even though ratatouille is a grand classic French dish, you won’t often come across it in the restaurant menus. This is a true ‘home-cooked’ meal, to be eaten in the best traditional way, with a golden fried egg on top. I always feel invigorated when I cook this meal, not only is the scent uplifting, but the deep and rich colours of the mixed vegetables give you a sense of culinary wisdom – as if your body was a temple and you are about to make a healthy offering.
Ingredients: (serves 4)
2 medium-sized onions, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
3 courgettes/zucchini, sliced
1 large aubergine/eggplant, cut into cubes
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
40 ml red wine (optional)
4 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Slice all the vegetables accordingly.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the onions until they are transparent. Add the peppers and cook for 3 minutes. Then add aubergine, courgettes, garlic, thyme and bay leaf, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 3 minutes. Finally, add the chopped tomatoes and the red wine (optional), stir gently, cover and cook for 25 minutes on a low heat.
Serve with a fried egg, sunny-side up.
Note: Fresh thyme makes a world of difference for this dish.
19 thoughts on “Ratatouille”
Mmm lovely. London is cold and rainy today, this would cheer my day right up!
Mmm delicious. Would cheer up this cold, wet London day
We just enjoyed more than one plate of this delicious recipe, thanks! However, I think it is even suits winter season better!
Beautiful ratatouille, you take such beautiful pictures! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award on my blog because your blog is one of my all time favorites. Check it out http://cannellavita.blogspot.com/2012/06/one-lovely-blogger-award.html
Hi Erica! Thank you so much for nominated me this is such a sweet surprise! I really enjoyed reading your blog – you are an amazing blogger/baker/cook/writer!! Have a lovely day! Love from médoc! Mimi
Is there any way this would work without the red wine? And what would I use instead?
The pictures are very beautiful!
Hello! This recipe is also excellent without the red wine! I like to add wine because I find it elevates the taste to my liking… I shall modify in my blog and mention that it is optional. Have a nice evening! mimi
This is probably my favorite recipe you have posted, Mimi. It’s so comforting and I find myself craving it on a regular basis. I’ve found that adding cepes enhances the flavor even more!
The recipe doesn’t say – should we salt the eggplant first or just blaze ahead?
Good morning from Médoc! I love making this dish for the family – I just add the eggplant along with the other vegetables, then season with salt and pepper. I am always happy with the results! Bonne journée, Mimi
Can i use redwine vinegar in place of the wine? I’m new at cooking, just wasn’t sure. I have red, white, apple and balsamic vinegars. I also have white dry wine.. just trying to use what i have around kinda.
Hello there! I would suggest not using any wine then, vinegar would be too acidic for this dish. It’s delicious with or without wine! Mimi x
Ok, awesome! thanks!
Thanks Mimi ,
This Ratatouille is so good i’ve done it many times over the winter here in Switzerland. My 2 year old daughter loves it. The over easy egg is simply divine .
Spring is around the corner and can’t wait to have all fresh veggies in the local markets to continue your wonderful recipes,
D’une Canadienne en Suisse