Recently I shared this easy Ratatouille on my social channels and the response was pretty amazing. You all really want this recipe! It's a mostly traditional ratatouille and so easy I almost feel a little guilty calling it a recipe! It's a chop and drop kind of deal. Everything stews for a bit, you crack some eggs on top, et voila! Ratatouille is done. Serve with some good crusty bread, lots of fresh herbs, a sprinkle of creamy, sharp cheese just to gild the lily a bit, and of course we can't forget the wine!
To me, ratatouille is the ultimate summertime dish.
It is comprised of summertime garden veggies that are all ripening at the same time: tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, bell peppers. Also, ratatouille is an easy, one pot dish that does not require the oven - always a bonus during these sweltering months. You'll see some recipes that have you thinly slice all the veggies and arrange them in a baking dish - not so in this easy ratatouille recipe. I keep mine the way I imagine it began - humble, rustic, and traditional.
I have to admit, my earliest memories of this dish were not very pleasant ones. I was not a fan of the stewed veggies as a young child, but as I grew older and wiser, I learned to love this dish as I do today. My dad made it regularly during the summer harvest months as we had a large garden and lots of veggies to use up. I have no doubt that's how this dish originally came to be and I love that. I love recipes that are created out of necessity and seasonal abundance.
What do you need to make this easy, traditional (mostly) Ratatouille?
- summer squash - either green zucchini, yellow squash, or a combination
- bell peppers
- herbs - use what you love. Basil is my first choice here, but thyme, parsley, dill, tarragon: whatever you have and love. A mix is nice.
- and a few of my secret flavor weapons: bay leaves, anchovies, and balsamic vinegar
I hope you'll give this ratatouille recipe a try! I know I'll be making it again soon as I have zucchini and tomatoes ripening in my garden. If you make it, share a photo with me! I always love seeing when you make my recipes.
Happy cooking! xo - AnitaPrint