Today was the first time in a while that I’ve made a meal from scratch, so I eased myself in with a simple slow cooked Ratatouille. I’ve managed to split one day of cooking into 4 meals
Take a look at the recipe below, to find out how to cook this easy Ratatouille.
4 tablespoons olive oil (2 lots of 2)
4x salad tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato purée
4 cloves of garlic (I used 2 tablespoons of lazy garlic)
1/2 tsp of salt
1. Chop the onions into squares and place them and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan. Season with a little salt. Cook until the onions are soft and browned.
2. Meanwhile, dice the Aubergines, Courgettes and salad tomatoes. Add them all to your slow cooker followed by your garlic.
3. When the onions are done, add the tomato purée and mix until onions are coated.
4. Add the onions to the slow cooker, followed by the salt and remaining two tablespoons of olive oil.
5. Mix it all together so all the vegetables are coated.
6. Cover the slow cooker and cook until the vegetables are tender. (4 hours on high or 5-6 on low).
The ratatouille can be stored in air tight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
What to eat your Ratatouille with. . .
This recipe makes enough to allow left overs (depending on your mouths to feed). So why not mix the left overs up a bit and try two or more of the following ways to eat your Ratatouille.
1. On its own. What better way to enjoy a dish than keeping it simple and on its own. Or perhaps just add a slice of fresh bread.
3. Make Mediterranean-style ratatouille by adding feta and basil, and then fill out your plate with some pasta (I used brown Tagliatelle). The past turns this dish into a filling meal and is an easy way to use up the rest of that box of pasta that’s starting to collect dust in your cabinet.
4. How about adding some risotto or Paella rice to the meal, giving it a more exotic feel for those rainy day blues. Or even just some plain old rice.
5. Finally, maybe try adding that needed bit of protein to the meal, be it fish, chicken or lamb. Dice them up, cook them and mix them into your final helping of ratatouille.
However you decide to enjoy it, let me know if you do and what you thought. I love it, and it’s perfect when that Veggie friend comes round for food next time. So easy to cook and full to brim with amazing flavours.
It was even a hit with my little boy, although he was unsure at first.