Is there a better summer dish than Ratatouille? Learn to make classic traditional ratatouille with your favorite summer produce for your friends and family. Break out the summer veggies and whip this for a delectable side dish or a vegetarian lunch! Serve over our yellow rice or with crusty bread for dipping for an early-summer meatless Monday meal. This pretty looking dish will turn vegetable haters into lovers.
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Hi Everyone! Welcome, all our new and returning readers <3. I am sure the first thing that might come to your mind by looking at the name of the Recipe is Disney Pixar's movie Ratatouille. So do you recall, Remy, the “little chef” in Pixar’s Ratatouille movie, prepared something similar for Anton Ego, the food critic. My kids are huge fans of the movie and always wanted to try Ratatouille. Anton Ego said in the movie "I don't like food - I love it! And if I don't love it, I don't swallow." I have two little food critics in my home that make it more challenging for me as a mother and a food blogger. I always love it when my kids ask me to prepare something different that they would like to try. So now this chef had to prepare something that my little chefs wanted to try. Game on, bring it on. I tried preparing this recipe first on a cast iron multiple times before I tried it in my Instant Pot.
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I love ratatouille – a lot of veggies mingling together with flavors of fruity olive oil, oregano, and fresh basil… But it’s summer and what I don’t like is standing over a hot stove or preheat then wait then Bake then wait .............. So I came up with this simple Instant pot version of ratatouille that takes all of about 15 minutes to make. It’s the authentic taste but not prepared in an authentic way. I am sure you get it (wink wink).
What is Ratatouille / What is ratatouille made of?
Ratatouille is a classic French dish with tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, and onion. It is usually cooked on a slow flame until it turns silky and luscious. We kept the classic flavor but gave it a makeover by thinly slicing the vegetables and layering them in a pan that goes into the instant pot. We brighten up the flavor at the end with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. This easy and delicious ratatouille recipe features eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini. You can use a variety of vegetables from your refrigerator to make this Instant- pot Ratatouille recipe. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and easy to make in an Instant Pot. A classic French dish that brings together our favorite vegetables.
Does Ratatouille taste good?
Like most foods, Ratatouille is an acquired taste. One of the key ingredients in the ratatouille is tomatoes. If you like tomatoes, and things prepare with tomatoes, you will most probably end up liking it. Since the base is the Marinara sauce that infuses the most flavor in the recipe apart from the olive oil and fresh basil, you need to ensure that the marinara sauce is of the best quality. We recommend using homemade Marinara Sauce to control the ingredients that go in it and keeping it as close to the authentic recipe as possible. You cannot beat the healthy homemade marinara sauce to get the amazing flavors in this recipe.
Make Ratatouille for a get-together or a potluck party
Instant pot Ratatouille. It is one of those dishes that is not only delicious but super pretty. So that makes it really perfect for any family and friends get-together this summer. Yes, the cutting of the vegetables is a little time consuming but not if you have a mandolin! This side dish is low carb, vegan, gluten-free which makes everything taste better. Baked in the oven so the top gets crispy – this is a very perfect side dish recipe. :). This French-inspired vegetarian meal is so easy and super comforting for summer meals.
Best and Easy Homemade Ratatouille Recipe!
Normally I would look at something like this and think it’s way too complicated. But this summer vegetable ratatouille is actually quite straightforward and easy to make. The dish has our Instant pot made from the scratch Marinara sauce on the bottom that is topped by thin slices of zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, and yellow squash, which is then drizzled with basil, parsley, garlic, and olive oil. In addition to being delicious, its low carb + you can eat a ton of it for very few points. What I call a Weight Watchers WIN-WIN. Serve warm or at room temperature with an added generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
An eggplant is a good option for meatless Mondays
Eggplant dishes are usually heartier than other vegetable-based recipes. Eggplant is a common substitute for meat dishes and adds some bulk to this dish. Like zucchini, it has a distinctive taste that many consider less bland than many vegetables. It also pairs well with many seasonings. It is a favorite of vegetarians and vegans but also pleases meat eaters as a side dish. Of all the eggplant dishes out there, this is one of the most interesting and elevates simple ingredients to something special.
What foods go well with ratatouille / What is a good side dish for ratatouille?
It makes a great side dish or can be served as the main meal. The dish is colorful and is great for entertaining or bringing to an event when you are asked to contribute. It is also fairly easy, all thanks to Instant Pot! Turn ratatouille into a topping for pizza, toss it with spaghetti or rice, or use either stew as a filling for tortillas or slices of bread. You can serve it with a side of soup and salad, rice, and grilled proteins of your choice.
Easy Ratatouille Recipe Video
Tips for making the Perfect Ratatouille
- Try to cut your zucchini, squash, and eggplant into uniformly sized pieces. This will ensure that all the vegetables cook at the same rate.
- If using springform pan line it with foil. This is to trap all the cooking juices inside.
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 3 medium tomatoes /sliced
- 1 medium Italian eggplant or Chinese eggplant/ sliced
- 1 medium zucchini/sliced
- 1 medium yellow squash/ sliced
- 2 tablespoon avocado oil, or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoon fresh basil / chopped
- sea salt and pepper to your taste
- Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, thinly slice all the vegetables equally.
- Pour marinara sauce into a baking dish ad spread it evenly.
- Make stacks of the slices alternating the veggies.
- Place them into the dish in a spiral, from the outer edge to the inside.
- Add garlic powder and fresh chopped basil in olive oil and mix it .
- Brush it on the Veggies and season it wit salt and pepper.
- Place a trivet inside the pot and add a cup of water.
- Place the dish inside the pot on top of the trivet.
- Pressure cook for 5 minutes .
- when done let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release to let off the rest of the steam. Carefully remove the dish from the pot.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with an added generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. (see suggestions for to serve along.)
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