ratatouille, ratatouille recipe, french food, the life eclectic, caroline culwell

Years ago my dad took my to the movies to see Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille. I instantly fell in love with this film, probably because it involved lots of cooking. My favorite part is where Remy, the rat, decides to serve the uptight food critic a traditional French peasant dish, Ratatouille. To everyone’s amazement, the critic loved this simple dish. I remembered how vibrant and appetizing the dish looked so I decided to make some Ratatouille like the one in the movie!

This dish is totally vegetarian, simple to make, and so delicious. This recipe serves 4.

-1 (6 Oz.) can tomato paste
-3/4 cup white onion chopped
-1/4 cup garlic minced
-1 Tbsp. olive oil
-3/4 cup water
-salt & ground pepper
-1 zucchini & 1 squash sliced
-2 red bell pepper chopped finely
-3 Tbsp. olive oil
-1/2 tsp. dried oregano
-3/4 tsp. dried basil
-goat cheese for topping- optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine tomato paste, water, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, chopped onions, half of the chopped bell peppers, and garlic. Mix until there is an even consistency throughout. Pour mixture into a 10X10 inch baking dish and spread evenly across the bottom. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the top of this mixture.

ratatouille, ratatouille recipe, french food, the life eclectic, caroline culwell

Then stack or arrange the slices of squash, zucchini, and remaining bell pepper where they are slightly overlapping each other to display color. Drizzle these vegetables with 3 Tbsp. of olive oil and sprinkle on the dried basil and oregano. Cover entire dish with parchment paper.

Place in oven and cook for 40 minutes. Top with goat cheese if desired. Enjoy!

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