Easy Recipe for Ratatouille

recipe for Ratatouille

This recipe for Ratatouille can be made easy, or can be made fancy to mimic the ratatouille from the movie made by Disney.

Both methods are below: Easy Recipe for Ratatouille and a healthy recipe for Ratatouille from the movie.

easy recipe for Ratatouille

This vegan dish makes a great side dish, or a main course with some bread or pasta.

The Ratatouille recipe below is from my best selling cookbook Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week. Each serving is only 137 calories, and the servings are almost too large for one person!

Try out this easy Ratatouille Recipe from my best selling cookbook!

Easy Recipe for Ratatouille

This simple French Ratatouille dish is hearty and healthy!

There are many different ways to make Ratatouille, and I will attempt to cover them all in this article.

In this article you will find:

  • What is in Ratatouille
  • How to make Ratatouille in a Slow Cooker
  • How to make Instant Pot Ratatouille
  • How to make Ratatouille from the Movie
  • Easy Ratatouille Recipe (with printable recipe card)
  • Final notes on making Ratatouille

The Ratatouille from movie is more difficult (and by difficult I mean messier and more time consuming), and that is why I supplied an easy recipe below.

You can make this Ratatouille dish on the stove top, then migrate to Instant Pot and Slow Cooker methods.

Below you will find 4 different ways to make the popular French Ratatouille Dish.

Find the following cooking methods: Stove Top, Oven, Slow Cooker, and Instant Pot.

What is in Ratatouille?

You may be shocked at how simple Ratatouille ingredients are. It’s quite the fresh dish!

Before we get started on the different ways to cook Ratatouille, let’s discuss what is in Ratatouille.

Ratatouille Ingredients:

  • Onion
  • Bell Pepper
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Simple cooking ingredients like olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper

Ratatouille ingredients are very simple, and fresh. It’s one of the reasons I love this healthy French dish so much!

You can change up the Ratatouille ingredients if you don’t like one, or have an allergy. I like to add in mushrooms in place of bell pepper or zucchini sometimes.

I’ve even been known to add items to the ratatouille ingredients like chopped spinach, kale, or cauliflower. It’s not traditional, but it’s extra healthy!

Making recipes for Ratatouille healthy is so simple, and we will discuss this below in the Printable Recipe for Ratatouille Recipe Card.

How to make Ratatouille in a Slow Cooker

Making recipes for Ratatouille in a slow cooker is simple, and a great way to come home to a delicious vegan dinner!

If you have a Ninja Slow Cooker, you can actually do this all in the slow cooker. It has a heating mechanism on the bottom (not just around the sides like most slow cookers) so you can sauté in the pot!

easy recipe for ratatouille

Ratatouille Recipe Instructions- Slow Cooker:

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the Easy Recipe for Ratatouille, or click the “Jump to Recipe” link here:

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Directions for Slow Cooker:

  1. In a large skillet, cook the onions, in 2 teaspoons of olive oil until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, add the Ratatouille Ingredients (except the red wine vinegar) to the slow cooker.
  3. Once the onions are soft, add them to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Add in red wine vinegar, and add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Making Ratatouille in a slow cooker is simple, and if you have the Ninja Slow Cooker, you can do it all right in the pot!

How to make Ratatouille in an Instant Pot

I have a best selling Instant Pot cookbook… and I’ve kicked myself for some time now for not including a recipe for Ratatouille in the Instant Pot!

It’s so simple to make Ratatouille in an Instant Pot, mostly because you don’t really have to do much different from the Easy Ratatouille recipe, as you can use your sauté setting.

Ratatouille Recipe Instructions- Instant Pot:

You’ll want to scroll down to the printable recipe card for the Easy Recipe for Ratatouille, or click the “Jump to Recipe” link here to get the full recipe:

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Directions for Instant Pot:

  1. Set your Instant Pot to sauté, medium heat.
  2. Sauté the Ratatouille ingredients as directed in the recipe (just in the Instant Pot instead of the stove top).
  3. When the directions call to “cover and cook”, hit “cancel” on your Instant Pot. Close and seal the lid and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. Do a manual release (use a wooden spoon to push the valve on top and release the pressure).
  5. Uncover add in vinegar, and change settings to “sauté” once more for 5 minutes to cook off any extra liquid.

Making Instant Pot Ratatouille is easy, and easy to clean up!

How to make Ratatouille from the Movie (oven method)

The Ratatouille from the movie made by Disney is more involved than the traditional way of making this French peasant dish.

Ratatouille is traditionally chunks of veggies in a lovely tomato sauce… but thanks to the movie, everyone is in love with the beautifully styled Ratatouille from movie.

Ratatouille from the movie

Ratatouille Recipe Instructions- Oven/ Ratatouille from Movie:

Part of the reason the Ratatouille from the movie is so pretty, is because of all the colors… so with that said, you will want to add in some yellow. I like yellow squash for this recipe. So you will see the addition in the directions below.

You can choose to add in the yellow squash, or just make the recipe according to the Ratatouille ingredients below.

You’ll want to scroll down to the printable recipe card for the Easy Recipe for Ratatouille, or click the “Jump to Recipe” link here to get the full recipe:

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Directions for Oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 370 degrees, spray a baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Cook the onions according to recipe card (below).
  3. Meanwhile, thin slice the bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash. You can use a mandoline slicer if you have one.
  4. Once the onions are soft, add in the tomatoes, thyme leaves, garlic, basil, and vinegar, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often to avoid burning.
  5. Add the tomato sauce to a baking dish, then layer with sliced vegetables like in the movie. I like to stack the veggie slices in my hand, then add to dish… it makes it much easier.
  6. Spray with olive oil, cover with parchment paper, and bake for 60 minutes.

Making Ratatouille from the movie is more time consuming, but it’s so beautiful! I like to make this for date night, and I serve it with a sliced GF French Bread loaf… elegant and healthy!

Easy Recipe for Ratatouille

Now that we’ve reviewed the different ways to make this recipe ratatouille dish, we can review the stove top, easy method.

The above recipes for Ratatouille are all based on this healthy recipe from one of my best selling cookbooks.

Easy Recipe for Ratatouille

Easy Recipe for Ratatouille

Lose Weight By Eating
This Easy Recipe for Ratatouille comes from my best selling cookbook Lose Weight by Eating – Detox Week. It’s especially popular as it’s only 137 cal for an extremely large portion!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine French
Servings 2 large servings
Calories 137 kcal

Equipment

  • Dutch oven or large sauce pan

Ingredients
  

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Leaves from 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a Dutch oven or large sauce pan over medium heat, heat 3/4 of a teaspoon of the oil. Slice the onion and add it to the pan with a pinch of salt. Sauté for 10 minutes, until tender.
  • Cut the bell peppers into bite-size chunks. Add another 3/4 teaspoon of the oil to the pan, then the bell pepper. Toss to coat and sauté for 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Leaving the skin on, cut the eggplant into 1/2 inch cubes. Add another 3/4 teaspoon of that oil to the pan, then the eggplant. Toss and sauté for 10 minutes, or until tender.
  • Slice the zucchini into 1/2 inch thick rings. Add the remaining 3/4 teaspoon oil, then the zucchini. Toss and sauté for 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Chop the tomatoes into 1/2 inch chunks and add them to the pan. Cook for five minutes, then add the basil and time. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until soft. Stir in the vinegar and pepper to taste and serve.

Notes

This dish can be made ahead and reheated in the oven at 350° for 30 min.  

Nutrition

Serving: 2cupsCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 1gFiber: 4gSugar: 9g
Keyword dinner
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This Easy Ratatouille Recipe is the basis for all of the Ratatouille Recipes above.

More Cooking Methods: If you’re looking to make this in an Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or the Ratatouille from the Movie, see above. If you hit the “Jump to Recipe” button you likely scrolled right past them.

Final Notes on Making Ratatouille Recipes

Here’s what I love the most about these Ratatouille recipes: They’re Healthy!

In the above recipe card I cover a very basic recipe of Ratatouille, but if you missed the methods of cooking Ratatouille in an Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or the recipe Ratatouille from the movie, be sure to see the above sections.

This vegan dish is meant to be rustic, but if you want to make a stunning dish, like the one showcased in the Disney movie, try this tip:

Stack the slices of your ingredients for Ratatouille in your hand, then you can easily lower and gently spread in large sections.

No matter how you decide to make your Ratatouille dish, it will impress. I like to serve with a sliced loaf of bread… and since this Ratatouille recipe is only 137 calories, I can enjoy a slice or two of bread without guilt!

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