Recipe: Ratatouille

As everyone who saw the Disney-Pixar movie knows, this is the recipe that turned Ego, the food critic, from a brooding curmudgeon to an outgoing, cheerful Parisian (a contradiction in terms, true, but it was an animated movie.) Once you taste this, you'll understand just why Ego was willing to eat food prepared by a rodent. Heck, you might even become cheerful and outgoing...even if you're not a Parisian.

This is a thick, chunky stew, best served with fresh bread and a hearty appetite. (Rat optional.)


1 medium onion, chopped
1 TBSP (2-3) garlic cloves, minced
1 medium eggplant, skin on,chopped
1-2 medium bell peppers, chopped (about 1-2 cups)
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 yellow squash, chopped
6 oz tomato paste
28 oz can diced tomatoes OR 10-12 Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 TBSP dried parsley
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Drizzle just a bit a oil into the bottom of a large soup pot. Saute the onions over medium heat until just beginning to turn translucent. Add garlic and saute another minute. Add rest of ingredients, turn heat to low, and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. Good hot or cold.

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