Dinner and a Movie for the Family: Homemade Ratatouille

Ratatouille in dish

There are a few dishes in everyone’s life that when eaten, take us back to the comfort of home. It can be a bowl of soup, a special cake or certain dish that when you take just one bite, you are instantly brought back to childhood and a taste that only mom could make. You will create such a memory for your family when you make this simple homemade ratatouille.

I usually make this dish more like a stew with chunks of vegetables, but this time I wanted to try my hand at making it look more like the dish the character Remy made in the Disney movie Ratatouille. I know it is an animated film and not real, but the look of the dish was so pretty I knew it would translate to real life and be just as spectacular.

Who would think such simple ingredients such as these would make such a hearty, satisfying meal?

Ratatouille ingredients

You will Need:

  • 1 small eggplant, sliced very thin
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced very thin
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced very thin
  • 1 red pepper, sliced very thin
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. Herbs De Provence
  • Salt & pepper

 ratatouille collage

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375.

In a 2 quart oval dish or 8×8 inch square dish, place 1 cup of prepared tomato sauce. (I use leftover sauce, but you can use a small can of plain sauce)

Add chopped onion, garlic and salt and pepper to sauce and stir.

Prepare eggplant, zucchini, squash, and pepper by cutting off ends of each vegetable. With a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice each vegetable into 1/8 –inch discs.

Layer each slice in alternating fashion on top of sauce in a concentric circle. You may have some slices left over.

Sprinkle with Herb De Provence and cover with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit the top.

Place in oven and cook 45 minutes. Remove parchment before serving.

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Dinner and a Movie for the Family: Homemade Ratatouille

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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