Ratatouille is a French dish which has origins in Nice. It traditionally has basil, bell peppers, aubergine, and courgette in it, and its mainly tomato flavoured. It should look like a chunky veg stew and each veg should be soft but retain their individual flavour.
I made this for my friend’s slimming world meeting, and all the food in it you’re allowed it free on the slimming world diet. We shopped for it at Aldi, because it’s cheap but they don’t sell aubergines or courgettes so we made what I’ll call seasonal, cheap ratatouille 🙂
- The veggies need to be chopped in chunks and you’ll need a really big pan.
- Fry the garlic and red onion first for 10 mins until soft on a medium high heat.
- Then add the carrots and squash (these are the hardest of the veggies so need more time than the peppers).
- After about 15 mins (stir it lots) put in the peppers for about 5 minutes.
- After that, put in the fresh and tinned tomatoes and the pasatta and the basil, lemon juice and seasonings. Stir it in and let it simmer for about half an hour. If you want it saucy, put a lid on it & if not leave the lid off and let it reduce.
- Let it cook for as long as you like, but the veg should be firm.
It is a meal in itself but will be nice with cauliflower rice or cous cous. It should made 4 meals on its own and up to 8 with a side and is also suitable for vegans.