Classic Ratatouille Recipe

Dive into the heart of French cuisine with this timeless ratatouille recipe, a vegetable medley that celebrates simplicity and flavor. Perfect as a main dish or a side, it’s a testament to the beauty of fresh produce.


For the Ratatouille:
  • 2 large onions, finely sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 2 zucchinis, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 yellow squashes, sliced into thin rounds
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced into thin rounds
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • A handful of fresh thyme leaves, for garnishing
For the Tomato Sauce:
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, blended into a puree
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves, finely chopped, for garnishing


  1. Prepare the Tomato Sauce:
    • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
    • Stir in the pureed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
    • Simmer on low heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Assemble the Ratatouille:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • In a large baking dish, spread the tomato sauce evenly on the bottom.
    • Arrange the sliced vegetables (onions, bell peppers, zucchinis, yellow squashes, and tomatoes) in a spiral pattern, alternating them and overlapping slightly, starting from the edge of the dish and working towards the center.
    • Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle fresh thyme leaves on top.
    • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes.
    • After 40 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned.
  3. Final Touches:
    • Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool slightly.
    • Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.

Enjoy this classic ratatouille on its own, or serve it alongside your favorite protein for a complete meal. Its vibrant colors and rich flavors are sure to impress at any table.

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