Easy Ratatouille

Does food bring back memories for you? Are transported to another time and place by the smells and tastes of certain foods? Food can evoke some of the sweetest memories, especially from ones childhood. British foodie Nigel Slater based his autobiography Toast The Story of A Boys Hunger on his childhood food memories. My favorite restaurant scene in a film is from Ratatouille where the stern food critic Anton Ego tastes our heros ratatouille and is instantly transported to his childhood home, sitting down to his mothers ratatouille. Ive filmed a video on how to make ratatouille so that you can start creating your own food memories associated with this simple yet comforting dish. It works well served over rice or with non-traditional grains such as couscous, quinoa or millet. Leftovers can be used as a pasta sauce or also a pizza topping.

Ingredients

Aubergines/Eggplants 2 Large
Courgette 3 Large
Onion 1 Large
Garlic clove 3 Medium
Basil pesto sauce mix/Fresh basil 2 Tablespoon (or dried basil)
Canned tomatoes/Ripe firm tomatoes 16 Ounce
Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
Salt 1 Pinch (or to taste)
Cracked black pepper 1 Pinch (or to taste)
Fresh parsley 1 Tablespoon , chopped (for garnish) (Optional)

Directions

MAKING

1. In a pan, heat the oil if using. Chop the onions in the meantime.

2. Add the onion to the pan and fry until very soft and tender.

3. While onion is cooking, finely chop garlic and cut the eggplants and courgettes into 2cm dices.

4. When the onions are cooked, add the garlic, eggplant and courgette and saute a few minutes.

5. Add the basil or basil pesto, tip in the tomatoes and season with salt.

6. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pan with a lid and simmer the vegetables for about 30 minutes.

SERVING

7. Serve the ratatouille with rice or with bread and a green salad on the side.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 205Calories from Fat 43

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 658 mg27.42%

Total Carbohydrates 39 g13%

Dietary Fiber 13 g52%

Sugars 11 g

Protein 7 g14%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet